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2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

By Autolist Staff | September 14, 2018

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Toyota RAV4

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You should buy it

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What’s better about the Honda CR-V?

It’s newer. Yes, the Toyota and the Honda are both from the 2018 model year, but this generation of CR-V was first introduced in 2017 while the current-generation RAV4 was launched in 2013 (a new generation launches in 2019). So if you’re shopping 2018 models, know that the Honda will have more modern features, safety equipment and comfort levels than the older Toyota.

Fuel economy. The Honda CR-V -- because its powertrain is newer -- gets 27/33/29 MPG city/highway/combined for all-wheel-drive models with the turbo engine. That’s quite a bit better than the 22/28/25 MPG city/highway/combined rating of the AWD RAV4.

More space. The CR-V wins for both cargo volume and passenger volume when compared to the RAV4. Plus, there’s considerably more rear legroom in the Honda than the Toyota.

What’s better about the Toyota RAV4?

Hybrid availability. The RAV4 is one of the few crossovers in its segment that can be had with an optional all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain. It boosts fuel economy to an impressive 34/30/32 MPG in city/highway/combined driving. The Honda doesn’t have such an option.

Bulletproof reliability. It’s a Toyota, which means one of the best reputations for reliability in the industry. That’s not to say that Honda is a slouch, but if we’re hedging our reliability bets, it’s with Toyota.

Active safety tech standard. While Honda offers its active safety gear on most models of the CR-V, the RAV4 outdoes these efforts by offering standard on all models features like pre-collision alerts and braking, lane-departure alert and adaptive cruise control. That’s a nice touch.

Autolist’s take:

This one just comes down to freshness. The Toyota certainly offers buyers a lot (active safety gear, a hybrid option, reliability plus oodles of practicality common throughout this segment. But the CR-V does all this plus more: it’s quieter, it’s more comfortable, spacious and refined inside and has better fuel economy and features. Plus, there’s no meaningful price difference between the two. For those reasons, we say Buy the Honda.

Cost of Ownership

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Toyota RAV4

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,211
15k miles at $2.421/gal
$1,397
15k miles at $2.421/gal
Fuel Economy

28 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
23 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
34 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
30 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Toyota RAV4

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Toyota RAV4

Interior Features

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Leather
-
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Available
Heated Seats
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Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
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Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
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Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Available
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
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Navigation System
Available
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Toyota RAV4

Powertrain

CVT
Transmission
6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

190 HP @ 5600 RPM
Horsepower
176 HP @ 6000 RPM
Horsepower
179lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
Torque
172lb-ft @ 4100 RPM
Torque
I4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders