Spec-sheet brawl: RAV4 vs. Forester vs. CX-5 vs. CR-V

Which model's top-of-the-line variant has the most to offer?
by Drei Laurel | Feb 19, 2019
ILLUSTRATION: Teddy Garcia

The local crossover scene is going to be a busy one this 2019. One needn’t look any further than the number of nameplates available to tell the segment’s as competitive as it’s ever been, and when it comes to what’s available, the Japanese arguably have the best offerings around.

So let’s take a look at who’s who when it comes to crossovers. The all-new Toyota RAV4—one of the pioneers of the segment—has just entered the market, same goes for the all-new Subaru Forester. Last year, Honda made a splash when it brought in the latest CR-V with seven seats and a diesel powerplant, and in 2017, Mazda wowed with the new-look CX-5.

One of the first things you’ll probably ask yourself when presented with these options is this: "Which ones come available with a diesel?" Only the CR-V and CX-5 do, with the former available in a seven-seat configuration, too.

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All-wheel drive? All top-of-the-line offerings offer it, save for the all-new Toyota RAV4’s LTD variants which is FWD. It makes up for this though with outright power, as its 2.5-liter gasoline churns out up to 203hp—considerably more than the other crossover mentioned in this story.

We could go on and on, but to make things simple, we’ve compiled the specs of all their top-spec offerings for you to check out. Let us know in the poll below which crossover you would throw your money at:

Subaru Forester 2.0i-S with EyeSight

Mazda CX-5 2.2L AWD Sport Diesel

Toyota RAV4 2.5L 4x2 LTD

Honda CR-V 1.6 SX DSL AWD

Price (Philippine Peso) 1,798,000 2,230,000 2,188,000 2,125,000
Drive AWD AWD FWD AWD
Seating capacity 5 5 5 7
Engine 2.0-liter gasoline 2.2-liter diesel 2.5-liter gasoline 1.6-liter turbodiesel
Power 154hp @ 6,000rpm 173hp @ 4,500rpm 203hp @ 6,600rpm 118hp @ 4,000rpm
Torque 196Nm @ 4,000rpm 420Nm @ 2,000rpm 243Nm @ 4,000-5,000rpm 300Nm @ 2,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 63 56 55 57
Ignition Push-to-start Push-to-start Push-to-start Push-to-start
Transmission CVT 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Paddle shifters Yes No No Yes
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated discs Ventilated disc/solid disc Ventilated disc/disc Ventilated disc/disc
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Double wishbone Multi-link beam Double wishbone Multi-link
Wheels 18-inch alloys 19-inch alloys 18-inch alloys 18-inch alloys
Tires 225/55 R18 225/55 R19 225/60 R18 235/60 R18
Seats Leather Leather Leather Leather
Electronic seat adjustment Driver and front passenger Driver and front passenger Driver only Driver only
Steering wheel Leather with controls, telescopic adjustment Leather with controls, telescopic adjustment Leather with controls, telescopic adjustment Leather with controls, telescopic adjustment
Ignition Push-to-start Push-to-start Push-to-start Push-to-start
Audio system 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers 7-inch touchscreen, 10 speakers Touchscreen, six speakers 7-inch touchscreen, eight speakers
Climate control Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Backup camera Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airbags Driver (with knee) and passenger, side, curtain Driver and passenger, side, curtain Driver (with knee) and passenger, side, curtain Driver and passenger, side, curtain
Advanced safety features Subaru EyeSight: Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lead Vehicle Start Alert I-Stop, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Lane Departure Assist, Lane Keep Assist 8-Eye Front and Rear Sensor with Backup Camera Honda Sensing: Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigating Braking System, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation
Headlights Automatic LED Automatic LED Automatic LED Automatic LED
Dimensions (mm) 4,625 x 1,815 x 1,730 4,550 x 1,840 x 1,680 4,600 x 1,855 x 1,685 4,571 x 1,855 x 1,667
Ground clearance (mm) 220 185 176 208
Wheelbase (mm) 2,670 2,700 2,690 2,660

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