Everybody wants one. The Honda CR-V is the poster model in today’s era of the compact crossover. The CR-V has proven itself to be more than just the flavor of the month, as year-after-year it scores big all around. It’s no easy task to find a worthy adversary, yet the Toyota RAV4 is up to the task. Find out how the two stalwarts face off in our current challenge for these two in-demand SUVs in Head to Head: 2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4.
2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 Performance Comparison
Verdict: The Honda CR-V has a slight edge on fuel economy, though they both have more fuel-efficient hybrid models on the way or just released. The Honda CR-V also comes in first place going from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds, versus 9 seconds for the RAV4.
2018 Honda CR-V Engines
Honda CR-V LX has a 2.4-liter l-4 engine that puts out 184-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque.
Honda CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring all come with a (new this year) turbo-charged 1.5-liter I-4 that puts out 190-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.
- FWD CR-V LX: 26 MPG City | 32 MPG HWY*
- AWD CR-V LX: 25 MPG City | 31 MPG HWY*
- FWD CR-V: 28 MPG City | 33 MPG HWY*
- AWD CR-V Touring: 27 MPG City | 33 MPG HWY*
Coming soon: Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD has a 2.0-liter I-4 and an electric motor that puts out 212-hp and 212 lb-ft of torque with an impressively estimated fuel economy of 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway–off the charts!
Note: The Honda CR-V Hybrid release date has not been officially confirmed at the time of this writing, but Q4 2017 or Q1 2018 are the most likely timeframes.
Both engine choices for the 2018 CR-V can be paired with a continuously variable transmission and with either front-or-all-wheel drive. You can go from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Engines
The base 2018 Toyota RAV4 2.5-liter I-4 engine puts out 176-hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.
Notable Mention: the All-New 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure packs in a taller ride height, fatter wheels, an upgraded suspension and a Tow Prep package—all geared for light off-roading.
Coming soon: the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will include the 2.5-liter I-4 and three electric motors paired with a continuously variable transmission, with a combined output of 194-hp and fuel economy of 34 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.
- Toyota RAV4 FWD : 23 MPG City | 29 HWY*
- Toyota RAV4 AWD: 22 MPG City | 28 HWY*
Expect to go from 0-60 in 9 seconds in the conventional RAV4 and in 8.1 seconds in the hybrid. The 2.5-liter I-4 is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission only.
2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 Price & Lifestyle Comparison
Verdict: The CR-V and RAV4 both offer robust features, which ties them in this category. The same is true of towing capacity. But starting price once again puts the CR-V in the lead — though the difference is merely a few hundred dollars.
2018 Honda CR-V features that come standard or as available options include Honda Sensing®, the cutting-edge suite of proprietary safety features with a power moonroof, LED lighting, blind spot monitor, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and dual zone climate control. There’s also a driver attention monitor which is helpful for those who may spend long hours on the road. Ask about the hands-free power liftgate option, it’s well-worth checking out.
Towing capacity: can tow up to 1,500 pounds
Storage: 39.2 cubic feet of storage space and 75.8 cubic feet with the seats folded
Price: MSRP starts at $24,045**
2018 Toyota RAV4 features come both standard and as options and include a 360-degree camera system, sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, programmable power tailgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a rearview camera, among others. A heated steering wheel is available for the first time this year and also new to 2018 are optional heated front seats on select models and a new Cold Weather package.
Towing capacity: can tow up to 1,500 pounds
Storage: 38.4 cubic feet of storage space and 73.4 cubic feet with the seats folded
Price: MSRP starts at $24,410**
The 2018 Honda CR-V is currently available in the LX, EX and Touring trim levels with a hybrid CR-V on the way! See how this unrivaled compact crossover behaves from behind the wheel when you set up a test drive at your local AutoNation Honda dealership today.
Just the same, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is available in six trims: LE, XLE, SE, Limited, Platinum, Adventure and a hybrid model . Come and put the RAV4 to the test at your local AutoNation Toyota dealership. The RAV4 is a top pick of Toyota fans everywhere, and fights the good fight against the unbreakable Honda CR-V.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.