2018 Toyota RAV4 vs CR-V

Specs at a Glance

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4

Fuel Capacity

  15.9 gal.

Range(City / Hwy)

  366 / 477

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Fuel Capacity

  14.0 gal.

Range(City / Hwy)

  364 / 448

2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Honda CR-V

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The midsize affordable crossover SUV continues to be one of the most popular types of cars on the road today. When you are looking for a midsize crossover SUV, two of the most popular options are the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V as they are both very safe and reliable vehicles that provide great features to buyers. When you are looking to choose between the two options, it is important to consider all of the features of both SUVs for the 2018 model year.


Both the 2018 RAV4 and CR-V provide similar engine performance. The base CR-V comes standard with a 2.5-liter engine that produces around 184 horsepower. This is compared to the same size engine in the RAV4 that produces around 176 horsepower. To help with acceleration, RAV4 owners can also choose to upgrade to the sport mode. However, the most powerful option is the upgradeable turbocharged engine in the CR-V that produces around 190 horsepower.


Both the RAV4 and CR-V have received improvements to the body over the past few years. The RAV4 last went through a major overhaul with the 2015 model year at which point smaller headlights and a shaper looking grill were added to give the SUV a more stylish look and appearance. The overall interior was also updated in 2016 with new seat cushions and fabric options.

The CR-V received a more modernized remodel with the 2016 model year. At this point, Honda made a point of making the CR-V look more stylish and modernized compared to the RAV4. While the vehicles are similar looking the CR-V clearly has some more stylish features.


For those that are looking to get a crossover, one important feature is often the fuel efficiency. While both SUV options will get you very good fuel efficiency, the CR-V is a bit better. When coupled with the base engine option, the CR-V will get about 28 MPG on a blended average. This compares to the RAV4 which will get about 26 MPG. Both vehicles can also be upgraded to AWD, which will result in about a 10% decline in fuel efficiency.

The RAV-4 and CR-V are also both loaded with many of the same interior and safety features. This includes a touchscreen display that also has a rearview camera in the base model options. Both of the vehicles have received good safety ratings. The RAV4 has a reliability rating by JD Power & Associates that is slightly higher than the CR-V.

Overall, both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 will provide you with a good mode of transportation that is reliable and safe. To learn more about each option, you should come to the deal to test drive each model and see which one you like more.

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