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Compare the 2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4 Versus

2018 Honda CR-V


2018 Toyota RAV4

26 city / 32 hwy*

Fuel Economy

23 city / 30 hwy
2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder


2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder
184 hp


176 hp

Serving Chantilly, Washington D.C., and Ashburn, VA

The compact crossover vehicle class is littered with entrants, and most of them are designed for easy driving and parking, are fitted with small engines for better fuel economy, and are advertised in a targeted manner so as to reach the commuter crowd. Whatever luxuries are desired, there's usually a top-end trim that fits the bill. However, one should pay close attention to what is actually received in return for the price paid.

The 2018 Honda CR-V is more than just a utilitarian, economically priced crossover. It's a compact to be sure, but it boasts a long list of standard features, and its nicely designed interior is comparable to the comfortable cabins found on more expensive mid-size SUVs. The popular Toyota RAV4 is affordable, but its nice price is reflected in what one doesn't get, namely some of the most desired amenities. Below, the differences between the two models is more fully summarized.

Interior Features

The 2018 Honda CR-V is no luxury vehicle, but it certainly doesn't fall short in terms of interior design and comfort. The cabin is extremely roomy, and there's more headroom and legroom in both front and back than what is found in most rivals in this vehicle segment. The rear seating area seats two adults comfortably, and the outward visibility is excellent. The base trim comes with automatic climate control, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, an LCD dashboard display, and a very nice four-speaker stereo system. The uplevel trims add on a 7-inch screen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a sunroof, and leather upholstery. The EX is the first uplevel trim, but it includes some very nice additions to the standard features list including heated front seats and a retractable cargo cover. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a rather nicely designed interior, but most of the materials are of rather cheap quality. The RAV4 also doesn't come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, nor does it have an available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

Drivning Experience

The 2018 Honda CR-V won't break any acceleration records, but it cruises nicely at freeway speeds. Handling is superb, with minimal body roll when the vehicle takes tight corners. The stability control hardly ever kicks in, and that's a good thing. The steering resistance builds naturally, so the driver maintains a confident feel when turning the wheel. One of the highlights of the steering on this vehicle is the natural, perfectly centered return of the wheel to a straight position after cornering is complete. The continuously variable transmission is more engaging than what is experienced on most other CVT models. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has rather flat speed build-up, and there's no upgraded engine available. The RAV4 is fine for arterial driving, but acceleration is very poor, with the vehicle needing more than nine seconds to get up to freeway speed.


Aside from the lack of Wi-Fi and smartphone integration, the 2018 RAV4 comes up a bit short in other areas of high-tech. The usual safety tech stuff is standard, and so is the rearview camera, but one must purchase the SE or Limited trims in order to get heated front seats and a power driver's seat, and these are only optional or part of an expensive package unless the top-level Platinum trim is chosen. On the other hand, these features are included at a lesser cost on the Honda CR-V. The premium audio system and the app suite package aren't available on the RAV4's lower trims, either. The Honda CR-V includes most premium audio services as well as the driver aids on the rather inexpensive EX trim.

Find out more about the 2018 Honda CR-V by contacting our dealership to schedule an inspection and test drive. Compare to the Toyota RAV4, and see for yourself how the CR-V comes out ahead of the model from Toyota.

*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Current Inventory

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NHTSA Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).