2021 Toyota RAV4 vs. Its Competition

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Toyota RAV4 competes against other mega-sellers such as the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.

Both offer new hybrid powertrains, although Toyota’s hybrid keeps pace with both.

Only Ford offers a plug-in hybrid, too.

The Subaru Forester and Jeep Compass are off-road champs among the set, the TRD Off-Road comes close, but is more expensive.

The Chevy Equinox will be updated next year, including a sporty-looking RS version; the 2021 version is mostly identical to the year before it.

Unlike the RAV4 Prime, the Equinox RS doesn’t boost power or performance.

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Quick Specs
6.4
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the meat-and-potatoes crossover for many buyers; the RAV4 Prime supplies the all-electric range.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox draws closer to the Blazer in looks and mission.
7.0
The 2020 Ford Escape takes a more refined tack, and brings its hybrid edition back into vogue.
6.5
The 2020 Honda CR-V hits right at the heart of many buyers’ needs: comfortable, spacious, quiet, and efficient.
5.3
The 2020 Jeep Compass is smartly sized and priced but lacks in key areas like safety and efficiency.
6.8
The 2020 Subaru Forester is an incredible value among compact crossovers and a former Best Car To Buy winner.
MSRP From     
$26,050$23,800$24,885$25,150$22,280$24,495
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
LE FWD (SE)FWD 4-Door LS FWDLX AWDSport FWDCVT
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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