2018 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

2018 Honda CR-V

Here at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore West Covina, we wrote this 2018 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison because we wanted to write about some of the best SUVs available on the market today.

Think about it. The 2018 CR-V was named a 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the Year®¹. It was also one of the Ten Most Awarded Cars of 2017 by Kelley Blue Book®² on KBB.com. It was even awarded the 2017 Car and Driver’s 10 Best Trucks and SUVs.³ And the RAV4 is no slouch, either.

Keep reading, or contact ustoday, if you live near La Puente, Baldwin Park, or Glendora, California, and you’re looking for the right spacious and adventurous midsize SUV!

Performance: Honda CR-V and 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Honda CR-V

One of the first things that you have to realize about these SUVs is that caranddriver.com gives the 2018 Honda CR-V the full five out of five stars, while they give the 2018 Toyota RAV4 only 4.5 stars. That really says something: both midsize SUVs are great, but the Honda CR-V is better. And we believe that it all hinges on the respective performances of these vehicles.

With the 2018 CR-V, you’re working with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine capable of 184 horsepower, or you can opt for the 190-horsepower turbocharged engine. But that’s not all. You’ll also enjoy Real Time AWD (All-Wheel Drive) with Intelligent Control System™. This means that you can finally face whatever the road throws at you, from mud to rocks and more.

Unfortunately, the 2018 RAV4’s standard engine only starts you out with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that can generate 176 horsepower. And, to add insult to injury, the thing isn’t even turbocharged, nor does the Toyota RAV4 offer a turbocharged engine! Needless to say, the RAV4 can’t measure up on the Honda CR-V when it comes to performance.

Dimensions: 2018 CR-V vs 2018 RAV4

The next thing that you have to realize about these midsize SUVs is that they’re incredibly spacious. When we say incredibly spacious, we’re talking about some serious room for both passengers and cargo. Look!

But incredibly spacious doesn’t mean equally spacious. For example, the 2018 Honda CR-V gives you 41.3 inches of front legroom and 38.0 inches of front headroom, as well as 40.4 inches of second-row legroom and 39.1 inches of second-row headroom. Trust us, the Toyota RAV4 isn’t putting up those numbers, and actually limits the overall passenger space.

In fact, it only provides you with about 37.2 inches of second-row legroom, which is 3+ inches less, all in all!

And the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is lacking in cargo volume, too. Here’s the bottom line… All that you need to know: The RAV4 gives you 38.2 cubic feet for cargo when all the seats are in place. The 2018 Honda CR-V? Much better! It clocks in at 38.4 cubic feet, while also allowing you to collapse the rear seats for 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The RAV4 only offers 73.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, giving the Honda CR-V more than two cubic feet of cargo space.

2018 CR-V vs RAV4 Trim Levels

To start, the RAV4 offers too many trims with subtle differences between them, making it difficult for any interested driver to truly land on a vehicle that they want. The Honda CR-V offers four trims: the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring, all of which showcase unique differences from each other, making it easier for drivers to figure out what they want in their car, and which trim has those features available.

Choosing the right trim level is less of a challenge with the CR-V than RAV4. Features like a navigation system are easily attainable with the CR-V trims, but the RAV4 trims still require an upgrade except on the highest available trim level.

Interior Features & Technology

2018 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 each include a variety of fun and sophisticated features within their respective cabins. Each vehicle includes a dashboard-mounted display screen that can be used to select your preferred audio entertainment for your journey. Each midsize SUV includes a radio, Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free phone calls and audio streaming, as well as a USB port and auxiliary input to connect your portable media devices.

A feature included with the CR-V that’s not available on the RAV4 or its trims is the Speed-Sensitive Volume Control; this feature automatically adjusts the volume of your audio entertainment when the engine performance is getting louder.

Contact Us Today at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore West Covina

As soon as you get in touch with us, we’ll get you behind the wheel of the 2018 Honda CR-V for your test drive. So, if you live in Glendora, Baldwin Park, La Puente, or any other close California communities, we encourage you to stop by our showroom. Otherwise, you can call us on the phone, text us from your cell, or chat with us online. Either way, we’re here to help you out.

When it’s time to decide on the right car, you can always count on us at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore West Covina to help you out. Drop by to take a look around, or simply schedule a test drive with the 2018 Honda CR-V, so you can see what it adds to your experiences on the road.



¹The 2018 CR-V has been named Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year® thanks to impressive cargo space, efficient fuel economy, and Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology standard on EX and higher models.

²The 2017 CR-V is one of the ten most-awarded cars from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com this year, including being named a Best Family Car of 2017. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co, Inc.

³Praised for its versatility and premium features, such as available driver-assistive technologies, the 2017 CR-V has made Car and Driver’s 10 Best Award list. Car and Driver, January 2017.