Last post on Apr 07, 2009 at 6:29 AM
You are in the Toyota RAV4
What is this discussion about?
Toyota RAV4, Car Comparisons, Engine, Transmission, SUV
#3 of 8 Re: Understanding/Comparing RAV4 Engine Spec with CRV [ruturajp]
Apr 05, 2009 (2:20 pm)
To me it sounds like more rpm in RAV4 and so, more engine wear + more fuel consumption
But as a consumer I look for MPG & HP
(1) RAV4 has 1 more MPG than CRV
(2) RAV4 has 13 more HP
Also, don't forget 2008 RAV4 had same HP and MPG as CR-V. Toyota did the changes and upgraded RAV4 in 2009, Honda didn't. So RAV4 gets my vote.
So I guess without going in to technical details RAV4 is better than CR-V for me.
#4 of 8 Re: Understanding/Comparing RAV4 Engine Spec with CRV [funguy123]
Apr 05, 2009 (3:13 pm)
True. I see your point. RAV4 engine specs are better than that of CRV.
Coming to gear ratios.....
CRV gear ratios
1st: - 2.786, 2nd: - 1.614, 3rd: - 1.082, 4th: - 0.773,
5th - 0.566 (this is 1/2 to that of RAV4)********
1st - 3.94, 2nd - 2.2 , 3rd - 1.4,
4th - 1.02 ******
In RAV4 4cly, do drivers feel more engine rpm (noise or vroom) especially 65+ mph?
I think the engine rpm would be higher.
Do drivers 'feel' the need for 5th gear?
I drive a lot on freeways and so a bit concerned on this point.
#5 of 8 Re: Understanding/Comparing RAV4 Engine Spec with CRV [ruturajp]
Apr 05, 2009 (7:42 pm)
This is all so subjective, but, I feel the 4-cylinder engine is quite peppy and well-matched to the transmission. I don't notice it getting unusually loud at higher speeds. I just notice that it is happy to keep on going. OK, for me, "higher speeds" means 70-75.
The way in which I feel it might "need" a fifth gear is only because the MPG at freeway speeds is a little disappointing. I don't even have 3000 miles, though, so it should improve a bit.
In answer to your question, no, I don't feel it needs an additional gear based on engine noise or performance, but if that is really important to you, I'd be sure to check in out in a test drive.
#6 of 8 Re: Understanding/Comparing RAV4 Engine Spec with CRV [kkrtrek]
Apr 06, 2009 (7:06 am)
Thanks kkrtrek for the info.
How much mpg do you get on highway?
#7 of 8 Re: Understanding/Comparing RAV4 Engine Spec with CRV [ruturajp]
Apr 06, 2009 (10:40 am)
I bought the car 300 miles from home, so my only measured highway trip was starting with 10 miles on it--not broken in at all. At that time, I think the mileage was in the 26-27 range for the AWD version. EPA is 27 highway. So far, without checking, it seems like I am getting about that in highway driving. I suspect it will improve for another 5,000-10,000 miles, based on my experience with other new cars.
#8 of 8 Re: Understanding/Comparing RAV4 Engine Spec with CRV [ruturajp]
Apr 07, 2009 (6:29 am)
Don't you have to know the axle ratio as well, not just the tranny ratios?