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Best - the enemy Crossover: Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4

"Rudder right. Now, pay attention: to gently fall into a rut. A little bit of gas. Wheel to the left. Stop. " Crossover control on the roads more reminiscent of turn-based strategy - all you need to do very deliberately. Otherwise, every wrong move can result in the best case, cable, and at worst - torn bumper. Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, who never claimed the title of this SUV, behave with restraint in combat conditions, thus did not bow to steep slopes and deep track. However, in everyday use is not so clear.

Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 - like two twins: more similar to each other competitors in the market are hard to find. Similar engines, chassis layout of the cabin, TTX, price lists, set - an impression that the machine created previously conspired. But it is only at first glance.

Our test CR-V in the most complete set is collected in the United States. Overseas version made exclusively with 2,4-liter engine. In addition to motors, these CR-V instances differ from the English assembly finishing materials and configuration. For example, for the "American" available parktronics and headlight washers, and plastic front panel tighter. But 2,4 liter engine capacity is not squeamish 92-m gasoline.

Toyota RAV4 though assembled in Japan, but the sight on the American market at it more obvious than in the case of the CR-V. Hard materials and finishes, decorative inserts at least - are all the most utilitarian and practical. It even seems that the Japanese frankly overdone. Steering wheel, leather steering wheel, gives the impression of a plastic sheathing steering column rattles on uneven and door cards attached somehow too insecure. Recently, the mass market began to pay attention on such trifles. How would such an approach Toyota and Honda are not proved to fail, because the Koreans already quite close.

Honda CR-V: Appliances

Crossover is built on a modified platform significantly predecessor. The main difference - and you migrate a partially modified suspension. Front suspension type "McPherson" set softer springs. Back "dvuhrychazhku" replaced multilever decision. As a result, the crossover got better handling, becoming is softer, quieter and more comfortable.

The principle of operation of the system remained the same all-wheel drive, but the site has undergone significant structural changes. The most important of all - the elimination of the second pump on the rear gear, his place was replaced by an electric motor. As a result, the rear axle now connects much faster and the mission itself has become easier and safer than ever before.

Durable materials - a totally different story. Old-fashioned buttons, toggle a la "greetings from 90-x" primitive curtain on the lever selector lever - it looks, of course, is archaic, but the question of longevity is not necessary. Mileage Test Honda CR-V, for example, has long passed for 30 thousand kilometers. In the case of the car park of the press, these figures can easily multiply into three: the machine is no regrets. So, inside the crossover is not a single cricket, no squeaks and do not play. Toyota RAV4 though drove a third less (about 20 thousand), but here, too, serious problems were found.

Despite the fact that crossovers almost identical dimensions, visually more compact Honda was capacious competitor. Trunk CR-V, though most on 12 liters than RAV4, but more comfortable height for loading and reliable distribution of space inside made it so that the car can be a de facto hold much more than it might seem. But the Honda is not, for example, Veins and the proper amount of hooks and clamps in the trunk. Tug of war again.

Toyota RAV4: Appliances

As CR-V, Toyota RAV4 is based on its predecessor. But here, without structural modifications not done. The body became stiffer suspension and migrated toward rigidity and elasticity. In general, all engineering solutions are preserved, "McPherson" front and multilink rear suspension.

Regarding polnoprivodnyo transmission, it began to work on other algorithm. Now in the case of blocking the torque is distributed strictly in proportion to 50 50. However lock coupling can only speed up 40 kilometers per part. Elasticity distribution points along the axes may occur in the dynamics. If sensors detect understeer, the rear axle system can throw the same moment 50%.

Ceteris paribus a major stumbling block when choosing between CR-V and RAV4 - it certainly driveability. Dynamics and comfort and efficiency and manageability? American Honda is not true to the traditions Yankees: the thrill of control CR-V is the same as that of the Civic sedan. No valkost and impressively. Instead - stiffness, responsiveness and clarity. However, the car lacks dynamics frankly, can not be said about RAV4.

Under the hood of the Honda CR-V - time-tested 2,4-liter four-cylinder engine. Aspirated engine produces 190 l. s. and 220 Nm of torque. Engine power enough for the eyes: the dynamic overtaking and starts from a place to talk about the lack of traction is not given. At the same time fuel consumption at moderate driving ranges 11-12 100 liters per kilometers in city mode. However, management of excitement Honda CR-V should not wait: tangible catch on "summit" at no crossover.

In a constructive plan, the engine of the Toyota RAV4 is very similar to that of the Honda CR-V. At four-cylinder "atmospheric" only more volume - 2,5 liters. On TTX engines, which is no wonder, are comparable: 180 l. from. and 233 Nm of torque. However, in dynamics Toyota looks more than a winning decision: the mark in 100 km / h the car overcomes almost one and a half seconds faster than RAV4. This can be explained in part by a more modern six-speed "automatic" from Toyota. Thanks to him, the car and modest appetite than the CR-V: in urban mode, the consumption is 10-11 liters. However, you will not be able to save much: the manufacturer recommends filling gasoline no worse than 95.

To finally find out who is the best, we went off-road. In technical terms, Toyota prepared in rough terrain better competitor. At the crossover provides the ability to block inter-axle clutch, which evenly distributes torque. This option is especially useful when climbing a hill: where the Honda CR-V just stops without trying any of the scroll wheel, RAV4 continues to creep up.

However, CR-V, despite the primitive wheel drive system, capable to pass where RAV4 stuck. All thanks to a better geometric cross. Claimed clearance from comparable crossovers: 187 190 at Honda and at Toyota. But in fact, as much as two inches in RAV4 steals exhaust pipe exhaust manifold - a feature versions 2,5-liter engine. As a result, a deep track becomes an insurmountable obstacle for the car: the car is not enough ground clearance and she sits down on his stomach.

Leaving on RAV4 the city, need to be especially careful: bumper crossover at too tender, damage or tear off part of the plastic clothes easier. CR-V in this respect more prepared. The car is shorter overhangs and more resilient bumper - to deform them, you should still try.

Cup in the direction of one of the cars could induce favorable price. But this story is not about RAV4 and CR-V. Toyota's top of the range is from 1 568 000 rubles. Honda - from 1 649 000 rubles. In this list of options were like a blueprint: they differ only in some single items, like headlight washer at RAV4 or signaling in CR-V.

But it is these little things and become decisive in the selection. For example, those who are too lazy to close by the fifth door, definitely choose RAV4 - provided there optional electric tailgate. For those who do not like the economy, it will be important that the CR-V, unlike competitor has electric passenger seat. The residents of northern regions will appreciate the availability of heating nozzles windscreen at RAV4, but definitely will not be happy too delicate work of heated seats in crossover. Here at CR-V, for example, with this no problems.

Author: Roman Farbotko
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