2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs Kia Sportage Hybrid

2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs Kia Sportage Hybrid

The compact SUV segment is one of the most fiercely contested in the automotive market, and some automakers have raised the stakes by offering hybrid versions of already popular vehicles. One of the most popular of these is the Honda CR-V Hybrid, a mix of comfort, practicality, and now superior efficiency, that attracts a loyal following. But the CR-V Hybrid isn’t the only of these vehicles for sale, and if you’re shopping for a CR-V Hybrid, you might find yourself wondering how this competition stacks up. That’s exactly why we made the follow guide, to really break down the important differences.

Honda CR-V Hybrid VS Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Honda CR-V Hybrid
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2024 Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid VS 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited
$40,200 MSRP (excluding destination charges) $40,030
76.5 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Space 69.8 cubic feet
41.3 inches / 41 inches ✓ Legroom (front / back) 41 inches / 37.8 inches
19 inches ✓ Wheels 18 inches
Genuine Leather ✓ Seat Upholstery Leatherette
Bose – 12 speakers ✓ Stereo JBL – 11 speakers
Standard ✓ Rain-Sensing Wipers Optional
Standard ✓ Wireless Phone Charging Optional
Standard ✓ Active Noise Cancellation Not Available
3 years / 36,000 miles ✓ Roadside Assistance 2 years unlimited miles

The RAV4 Hybrid is, like the CR-V Hybrid, one of the best-selling and best-established names in compact hybrid SUVs, so the rivalry here is intense. For our comparison, we’re focusing on the top trims of both vehicles, and the nearly identical pricing shows just how intense the rivalry is. But the CR-V starts to pull ahead when you look at interior space. There’s more cargo space in the Honda, and while the front legroom is pretty similar, anyone in the backseat will appreciate the extra room in the CR-V. The upholstery on those seats only adds to the differences, since the CR-V comes with genuine leather, but this isn’t available on the RAV4, not even on the top trim. And although Toyota does offer 19-inch wheels for the RAV4, they don’t come with any of the Hybrid trims, giving a style advantage to the CR-V, which offers them as standard with the Sport Touring Hybrid.

These being the top-spec trims, both vehicles come with premium stereos. The system in the CR-V has one more speaker, and audiophiles will see that it is also made by a much more premium brand. Speaking of premium, it’s pretty normal for a premium trim to include things like rain-sensing wipers and wireless phone charging, and the CR-V does indeed come with those things. But the RAV4 doesn’t, those features cost extra, giving the CR-V another advantage when it comes to value for money. The Honda also includes standard active noise cancelling, making for a quieter and more refined-feeling cabin. And lastly, you get another year of roadside assistance with the CR-V, a nice touch for a little extra piece of mind.

Honda CR-V Hybrid VS Kia Sportage Hybrid

Honda CR-V Hybrid
Kia Sportage Hybrid
2024 Honda CR-V Sport Hybrid VS 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid LX
$34,050 MSRP (excluding destination charges) $28,590
76.5 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Capacity 74.1 cubic feet
37.3 feet ✓ Turning Diameter 38.6 feet
18 inches ✓ Wheels 17 inches
Multi-angle ✓ Backup Camera Single angle
Standard ✓ Heated Seats Optional
Standard ✓ Blind Spot Information System Optional
Standard ✓ Cross Traffic Monitor Optional
Standard ✓ Traffic Jam Assist Optional
Standard ✓ Moonroof Requires higher trim
Standard ✓ Ambient Lighting Requires higher trim

Next, we have the Kia Sportage Hybrid, a relative newcomer to this segment. The Sportage itself has been around for some time, but Kia only recently decided to make a hybrid version. And right away, we can see that it’s priced below the CR-V Hybrid. This looks like an advantage, but let’s take a closer look at how far that money actually goes. From the outside, the Sportage is a couple of inches longer than the CR-V. This works against it for maneuvering in and out of parking spaces, but a lot of buyers would be fine with that if it meant more space. The problem is that it doesn’t, as maximizing interior space is one of those things that Honda has always done exceptionally well. Helping to get you in and out of those parking spaces is a standard multi-angle backup camera, which makes it easier to see what’s going on all around your vehicle, and something that isn’t available at all on the Kia.

Your first hint that the CR-V is the better-equipped of the two is the bigger wheels. Inside, you’ll notice the standard heated seats, which cost extra in the Sportage. And whether it’s night or day, you’ll be able to see what you’re doing inside the CR-V better thanks to the light coming from either the standard moonroof or the standard ambient lighting. Neither of these features are standard on the Kia, and moving up a trim level just gives you the opportunity to pay more to have them. Quite a lot of the safety tech that Honda includes in the price of the CR-V is absent on the more stripped-down Kia. This includes, but is not limited to, a Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Monitor, and Traffic Jam Assist.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Interior

Winner – Honda CR-V Hybrid

It’s pretty clear to us that the CR-V Hybrid is superior to the rest of the segment, but you don’t even have to take our word for it. Car & Driver named it the best compact hybrid SUV1, and Kelley Blue Book named it the best hybrid SUV2, not even limiting the title to just compacts. But the best way to see is to experience the CR-V Hybrid for yourself. Fortunately, Germain Honda of Dublin can help you with that.