When the time came to dump my Civic, I had Rav4 and CRV in mind. Edmunds and others all give Rav4 higher marks, but I found Rav4's small steering wheel very discomforting and the dashboard controls were not that intuitive. Test drove CRV and felt right at home and in fact was more zippier. Rav4 is more powerful, quieter, roomier, fuel efficient and my brains were for it, but my heart went for CRV and still happier after two weeks. Of course CRV looks better too and is exciting to get into CRV and take it for a spin.
1. Intuitive Dashboard controls. 2. Zippier and fun to drive 3. Exterior look. 4. 6 CD changer
1. Wider armrests 2. Subwoofer to be made standard in EX. 3. Fuel efficiency needs to improve for city driving. Currently I get 14mpg for city and 30mpg on highways. 5. The left arm rests circle shaped holder bulges too much in front taking some leg space away.