Comparing the 2018 Toyota RAV4 to the 2018 Honda CR-V

February 26th, 2018 by

The Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V are the two most popular compact crossover SUV’s on the market, and the first thing that may strike Lancaster Toyota customers is just how alike these two vehicles are. They are similarly priced, about the same size and both are available in FWD and 4-WD configurations, but a closer inspection reveals a few key differences that may tip the scales in favor of the Toyota.

Active and Passive Safety Features

Compact SUVs are often bought by families, and safety is usually high on their list of priorities. While both the Honda and Toyota come with anti-lock braking systems and vehicle stability control as standard equipment, the RAV4 edges the CR-V in safety by including two extra front knee airbags. The Toyota also protects its occupants with standard adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system and brakes that apply automatically when a collision is imminent. These features are only available to Honda buyers who opt for the more expensive EX or Touring trim levels.

More Standard Equipment and Lower Running Costs

At Lancaster Toyota, we know that our customers work hard for their money and are looking for the maximum bang for their buck. Both Honda and Toyota offer crossover SUV buyers reliability, durability, and legendary resale values, but only Toyota takes some of the sting out buying a new car by offering free maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles of ownership. Consumers who do their homework will also learn that the RAV4 comes with many items as standard equipment that are expensive options on the CRV. Chief among these is an infotainment system that is packed with features and sports a 6.1-inch touchscreen display. The standard Honda system has a smaller display and no touchscreen.

Fuel Economy and Hybrid Power

Both the Honda CR-V and the best-selling in its class Toyota are highly fuel efficient according to government figures, but independent testing has revealed that the Toyota actually uses less gas in real-world driving situations.* The Toyota also has a larger fuel tank that gives the SUV a longer range and allows its drivers to spend more time behind the wheel and less time standing at the pump. Another Toyota benefit is a hybrid engine option for crossover SUV buyers who are just as concerned about the greenhouse gases coming out of their vehicles as they are about how much fuel they pump into them. Not only does the hybrid motor deliver 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, but it also knocks a full second off an already rapid 0-60 time.

The Bottom Line

Toyota and Honda’s latest crossover SUVs are both beautifully engineered and offer today’s vehicle buyers incredible value for money. The Toyota’s two extra inches in length and additional front legroom could be an important factor for taller drivers, but the Honda offers rear-seat passengers a tad more space. This decision will be a coin toss for most consumers, but the Toyota may just edge it with more standard equipment, two extra airbags, and a hybrid option.


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