CRV vs. CX-5 vs. Rav4

Looking for a new family car. Will primarily be used for suburban driving. Looking to pay up to $40,000

I have absolutely no automotive knowledge at all haha.

I am thinking either of these 3 would be fine in terms of efficiency, economy, safety etc. and it will just come down to which we find most comfortable

But with that said, any info that will help us make a decision is greatly appreciated!

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  • +4 votes

    well test drive all, and while you at it test drive hyundai tucson as well.

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      Will do, thanks!

  • +2 votes

    The only one in the above list I have driven in the RAV4 (which I didnt like). I know a few people who have, and really like the CX-5 (in various trims). I would also consider the Skoda Karoq (im eyeing one off atm).

    Pay attention to the extras you get (CarPlay/Android Auto, GPS, safety stuff like adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, autonomous braking), if it is a car you intend to keep then these extras may be worth it in the long run.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, TEST DRIVE, take the whole tribe, then you will get some realistic idea of what you are buying, and the extra feedback is good.

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      Thank you!

    • +1 vote

      The biggest costs on a car is depreciation and unfortunately Skodas fall like stones. When you combine that with high servicing costs and inconsistent reliability (especially with the DSG Auto) I would say approach them with caution. You can get a really great deal on a skoda that are a couple years old and coming off a lease and take advantage of the depreciation otherwise I would steer clear of them. Unlike the rest of the VW family (porsche, audi, vw etc) that have relatively strong resale value.

  • +3 votes

    There is a new Rav 4 coming H1 next year - it looks much nicer than the current model in my opinion:

    https://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/details/toyota-rav4-hy...

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      Beat me to it :) new hybrid RAV4 should be the way to go especially with current fuel prices

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      Looks good!

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      Will this be less than $40k?

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        Corolla hybrids only seem couple thousand more so should be a lower model Rav4 around $40k

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          Good observation there, Gandalf.

          Toyota have added a raft of new features in the upcoming RAV 4. Some of the more notable ones
          - multi link rear suspension
          - Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (send upto 50% of power to read, and distribute as needed for left/right wheels)
          - Rear Driveline Disconnect system featuring the world’s first ratchet-type dog clutches on both the front and rear wheel shafts. Disconnects rear axle when not needed, such as cruising on highway. Thus improved economy/efficiency.

          Keeping this short list in mind, and considering the many other added elements highlighted in this Toyota Press-Release, I think we could see some configuration prices very north of $40k (depending on how you configure the vehicle). I'm in the market for a small SUV, and I'm thinking of holding off until the new RAV4 launches.

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            @Faulty: Shouldn't be too far off current RRP (not sale price), if Camry and Corolla are anything to go by.

            Expect entry level around mid-$30s I reckon. Hybrid should be about a $1500 option

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    Rav 4 is a good car but expensive if you want decent spec/trim

    CX5 is a nice car, road noise is an issue across all models (that's a Mazda thing it seems)

    Honda is also a good car, but GPS system requires pairing with a mobile (and use of mobile data) and an app running on the mobile.

    Personally having driven them all, i found the Mazda to be the best (if u can get past the road noise) the RAV 4 is ok, new model coming in a few months which apparently is a big improvement on the current one, The CX5 is also due for an update with an expectaton it will get the 2.2L Turbo engine as a standard feature.

    Go test drive them all, if you are leaning towards Rav or CX maybe wait if you can for the updated models which are not far away.

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      I found the Rav4 extraordinarily affordable considering you get all those automated features and AWD. $34k gets you lots of kit, but odd how they do not include alloy wheels.

      If I wanted something proven but didn't really care so much about presentation of the cabin, it is hard to beat.

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      Thanks!

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      Honda is also a good car, but GPS system requires pairing with a mobile (and use of mobile data) and an app running on the mobile.

      Not in the new one, comes with GPS. Or you can use Android Auto.

  • +1 vote

    Kia Sportage SLI turbo diesel, great drive, 7yr warranty - love mine, very happy!!.

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      Will have a look thanks!

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        If it's only suburban driving - I would go the petrol. But +1 for the Sportage

  • +2 votes

    The new CX5 2.5l petrol turbo would be pretty nice for a small SUV but would be pushing $50k

    But for a car which pushes 0-100km/h in close to 6seconds, that's cool.

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    Honda CRV - IMHO Honda is a cut above the others in terms of quality. The new CRV has a 7-seater option. I had a quite old CRV and it still never missed a beat, and it was just the thing I needed for the family. Could carry anything in and on it.
    Good luck

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      I have read that Honda is sparse with some extra safety features compared to the CX5 which has them as standard for example. Any idea about that?

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        Yes that is true.

  • +2 votes

    Out of those 3 cars I would take the Mitsubishi Outlander :-)
    Base model Kluger 2wd is close to your budget and would be the best option of all.

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      thanks!

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      Depending on your typical usage, you might want to look at the Outlander PHEV which allows around 45km of EV driving which could save you around $8k per 100,000km if you can charge it on off-peak electricity. They are very cheap 2nd hand, often with low km.
      We have had our PHEV for 3.5 years and used to have a Honda CRV and Landcruiser 100 series. Once you have driven electric, its hard to go back.

  • +1 vote

    Lots of good suggestions already.
    I'd add the Nissan X-TRAIL (their capitals, not mine) to the mix as well for your consideration.
    The ST 2WD Auto can be had for $29,990 driveaway (in NSW) at the moment.
    Drive them all.

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      Thank you!

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      I second that. Proud owner of xtrail from 3 years. It's affordable, low maintenance, lots of features, and space.

  • -1 vote

    Also look into Jeep Compass 4x4. They are capable vehicles for your need.

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      Everything was going well until somebody mentioned Jeep.

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    Out of the 3, the Honda CR-V is the most practical family SUV.

    It's not due for an update anytime soon and with the 5 year warranty (7 from some dealers), you'd have a higher resale value down the track.

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    Another one to look at is the Renault Koleos. Same car as the Nissan X-Trail, so its cheap and easy to service while looking a hell of a lot nicer inside and out than the X-Trail as well as having a 5 year warranty and more standard equipment. I'd go for the 2.5l petrol S-Edition in your budget purely because the engine is a Nissan unit and is better to drive than the Renault developed diesel. the S-Edition is also cheaper than the top of the range while having most of the same equipment. Also consumes around 8.3l/100km which isn't bad for the size of vehicle.

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      Better deal is to buy a year old or less Renault Koleos with very low kms for $10.000 less than a new one. It is one of the fastest depreciating cars at the moment.

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        1-2 Year old one is around 29,000 or you can get an undriven demo for around 32,990 (for a Zen model). I'd rather the undriven demo honestly. I don't think anybody has paid full RRP when new anyway.

  • +1 vote

    I checked out the RAV, CX5 and CRV several times (test drove, sat in every seat, read/watched reviews, etc) over the last couple of months. I ended up with the CR-V VTi-S. We're very happy with it :)

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      Same here. CRV has quite a bit more space than CX5.

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        Yeah the CX5 was my least favourite of the three. It was weird because from reviews and whatnot it seemed like it would be the winner. I liked the RAV quite a lot but it was more money for less features and 2 years less warranty. That said, the CR-V was our fav anyway even without the lower price/longer warranty.

  • -1 vote

    Looking for a new family car.

    None of those are cars, they are all SUVs.

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    There is a new Audi Q3 being released soon. As such, you can get a 2018 demo for around $35k (after negotiation) at the moment which includes 3 years free servicing.

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    i need a new car as someone hit my q5 and all i get back after paying off the finance is 26k. i was looking at the tuscon, cx5 and bmw x1. tuscon is ahead of the pack as the back space can easily fit 2 car seats and a person which i need but after u guys mentioned crv, i might take a look at it this weekend. i the cx5 is quite small at the back and the x1 is over priced for not much features.

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      I sat in the back of a new CRV recently and was impressed with how roomy it was.

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        I went to Honda dealership today. although couldnt test drive it, i think that its my new favourite. i drove the Tucson, very plastic feel and the brakes were horrible. will test drive the CRV and the cx5 tomorrow.

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    why not Tucson.???

  • +1 vote

    All those cars are good, Honda have 5 year warranty as well, so it is worth considering.

    Another option in that class of car are Subaru Forester or Outback. I have a Forester and I am very happy with it.

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    I was considering all these cars a couple of months ago and ended up going with the CX5. After all my research I found the the CX5 was better value for the price

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    yea for me its a toss up between cx5 and the crv. the cx5 is just small in the back. so tough decision to make

  • -1 vote

    Why are you getting an SUV for 40k if it's just going to be suburban driving? What is important to you in this car? Efficiency and safety are no better than a hatch, sedan, or wagon, and in most cases, you'll get far worse efficiency.

    What are your needs in this car?

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    im looking at the Tiguan now. i like that alot.