2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

Shoppers are clamoring for nimble and efficient crossover SUVs. Spitzer Toyota hosts one of the industry's most popular models in the Toyota RAV4. Almost every automaker operating in the United States has an entry in this class and Toyota is among the leaders in the industry. The RAV4 is just a few years removed from a radical redesign. Spitzer Toyota wants to show just how much customers have to gain by comparing the 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Honda CR-V. For the new model year, Toyota has added the new off-road-ready Adventure trim. In addition to having a taller ride height, the 2018 RAV4 gets a boost in overall capability that may give traditional Honda buyers a reason to check out its Toyota competitor.

An interesting area the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is able to outshine the 2018 Honda CR-V is the availability of active safety systems. All six trim grades of the 2018 RAV4 are outfitted with the Toyota Safety Sense-P suite of sensors. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are standard equipment helping keep drivers and passengers of the Toyota RAV4 safe. To be certain, the current Honda CR-V offers these features as well, but not on all of the available trims. Historically, the automotive class occupied by the RAV4 and CR-V aren't known for towing prowess. The new RAV4 Adventure breaks that mold with a 3,500-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped


2018 Toyota RAV4 Vs. 2018 Honda CR-V
2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.4-L, 4-Cyl.
176/172 Horsepower/Torque 184/180
38.4/73.4 Cargo Space (cu.-ft.) 39.2/75.8
3,500 lbs. Max. Towing 1,500 lbs.


Performance Specs

In the pursuit of intellectual honesty, Spitzer Toyota wants to point out that the 2018 Honda CR-V does make more power than the 2018 Toyota RAV4. However, the difference is minimal and not likely to make much a difference in terms of performance. All 2018 Toyota RAV4 models for sale or lease in the Spitzer Toyota showroom are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. This gives drivers 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel-drive is standard, but all-wheel-drive can be chosen on some upper trim models. By comparison the 2018 CR-V has a peak output of 184 horsepower at the base trim level.

A head-on photo of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure driving through the woods.
A front view of two versions of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 driving on a road.

A view of the dashboard including the infotainment system and storage areas in the 2018 RAV4.
A photo of the interior of the 2018 RAV4 showing how much cargo space is available.
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