Toyota RAV4 outsells the Honda CR-V for the first time in years – USA

Posted on: May 24, 2016 - 11:55am IST

The RAV4 registered an 18.2% sales increase against the CR-V’s 2.4%.

Wards Auto reports that for the first time in six years the Toyota RAV4 has outsold the Honda CR-V in four consecutive months in the U.S. The RAV4 registered an 18.2 percent growth from January to April against the CR-V’s 2.4 percent decline, and the former outsold the latter 106,274 to 100,101 units.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Sapphire front three quarters
The RAV4 (pictured) registered an 18.2 percent growth from January to April against the CR-V’s 2.4 percent decline.

Until January, the current Honda CR-V was enjoying its position as the top-selling CUV in the U.S since it overtook the Ford Escape in 2012. In 2015, Honda sold 345,647 units of the CR-V. One of the factors that may have impacted the CR-V’s sales is its age in the market.

Although Honda introduced a facelift in late 2014, it wasn’t as significant as the facelift Toyota introduced for the RAV4 in 2015. The introduction of the smaller and less expensive Honda HR-V could also have affected the sales of its bigger sibling.

Next-gen 2017 Honda CR-V Rendering
The next gen Honda CR-V is expected to claw back its market share from the Toyota RAV-4.

Also Read: 2016 Honda Civic vs 2014 Honda Civic – In Images

To turn the tables in favor of Honda, an all new CR-V is currently under development, which is expected to arrive later this year, with an optional hybrid drivetrain. Featuring a new design, 7-seater option and new engines, the next gen Honda CR-V is expected to claw back its market share from the Toyota RAV4.

2015 Honda CR-V – Image Gallery

[Source: Wards Auto]

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