2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Honda CR-V Crossover Comparison

Put the 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV Head-to-Head with the 2018 Honda CR-V to See Why the RAV4 is the Right Crossover SUV for San Francisco Area Families

When it comes to finding a crossover SUV with smart, sporty style, a comfortable, well-appointed interior, great standard tech, and a rewarding drive, it might seem too good to be true, but you're not looking for a miracle, you're really just looking for the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

If you've ever shopped with us before here at Toyota Marin, then you know that we like to do all we can to make car-shopping and car-buying fun, friendly, and fast. Part of that fast, streamlined process starts right here, in comparison pages like this one, pitting the 2018 Toyota RAV4 against the 2018 Honda CR-V; both are well respected in the crossover SUV segment, but we're hoping to tease a little nuance out in this direct comparison. Check out the head-to-head below to see if the 2018 Toyota RAV4 might just be the right choice for your driving needs here in the San Francisco Bay area.

What Makes a Crossover SUV Ideal for the San Francisco Area?

The San Francisco area is the perfect place for the 2018 Toyota RAV4 to spread its winds and fly-proverbially speaking, that is. It's no secret that space is at a premium here in San Rafael and beyond, but with the busy pace of life, for most of us, a sedan or a hatchback simply won't meet our needs. That's why the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is the prefect fit-it offers the extra cargo space and utility you really need, without being too big or bulky to easily navigate our often-crowded city streets. Of course, the 2018 Honda CR-V can claim something similar, so naturally, we've turned it into a little friendly competition. So, without further ado, let's get to the good part: the showdown.

Let's Try These Two Crossover SUVs On for Size…Price, Specs, & Features, Too!

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs the 2018 Honda CR-V

  • Price: When it comes to starting price, these two crossover SUVs are within a hair of each other, with the 2018 RAV4 starting with an MSRP of $25,405 and the 2018 Honda CR-V starting with an MSRP of $25,125.
  • Size: In terms of size, these two are comparable, but different. In its base LE trim, the 2018 RAV4 offers 38.4 cubic-feet of space, while the 2018 CR-V gives you a touch more in its base LX trim at 39.2 cubic-feet. However, when you climb up the trim trees, that dynamic gets turned on its head. In the top-tier 2018 RAV4 Platinum AWD model, there's 38.4 cubic-feet of cargo volume, whereas the comparable top-trim 2018 Honda CR-V Touring AWD model falls short with just 37.6 cubic-feet. So, while cargo space is comparable, it still depends on your trim and driving needs.
  • Driver/Passenger Comfort: When you run down the list, these two share many notable standard features, like standard Bluetooth® hands-free access and standard backup cameras, but three things the 2018 RAV4 has standard over the 2018 Toyota CR-V are a better standard audio system, with six speakers rather than the 2018 CR-V's four, standard privacy glass, and standard voice-activated controls.
  • Warranty Coverage: There's not a hair to split when it comes to warranty coverage for these two; both the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and the 2018 Honda CR-V enjoy 36-Months/36,000-Miles of Basic Warranty and 60-Months/60,000-Miles of Powertrain Warranty.
  • Safety Standards: One big addition of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). This isn't unlike the 2018 Honda CR-V's available Honda Sensing®, but we think San Francisco area drivers will prefer the features included in the 2018 RAV4's TSS-P, and the fact that the 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers its safety package standard, whereas 2018 Honda CR-V customers will have to move up to the EX trim to get it.  

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