Comparison: 2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

When comparing Virginia's two top-selling crossover SUVs, it all comes down to the details.

The 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 are fierce competitors, but which one has the edge? In our one-to-one comparison, we'll detail the differences between the two crossovers to help you decide which is your best buy.

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Safety Tech and Ratings

Honda CR-V

At first glance, the CR-V and the RAV4 have nearly identical third-party safety ratings. However, when you look at scores for individual tests, Honda comes out ahead. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 CR-V a Top Safety Pick and awarded it best-possible scores in all crash categories. The IIHS also named the CR-V's front crash prevention system Superior.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the new CR-V a 5-Star Overall Rating, earning give stars in all categories except rollover, where the Honda earned four stars.

The CR-V is available with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features, including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Automatic High Beams and a Blind Spot Monitoring System with Cross-Traffic Monitor are also options.

Toyota RAV4

The 2018 RAV4 was also named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, but, notably, it received a Poor rating in passenger-side small front overlap impact tests. In NHSTA tests, the Toyota crossover was given a 5-Star Overall Rating, but it earned just four stars each in frontal crash and rollover categories.

The RAV4 is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. This crossover is not available with a road departure mitigation system.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Honda CR-V

The Honda crossover comes with two engine options. The base powertrain is a 2.4-liter inline-4 with a continuously variable automatic transmission, making 185 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. You can also choose a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 with CVT that makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Both options come available with all-wheel drive and have a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

According to EPA estimates, CR-V base models get up to 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, while the turbocharged option gets 28 MPG city and 34 MPG highway.

Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 has a 2.4-liter inline-5 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. Like the CR-V, it's available with all-wheel drive and can tow up to 1,500 pounds. Unlike the CR-V, there's no turbo option.

Fuel economy on the base RAV4 is 23 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, so you'll save a bit of money at the pump with the Honda.


Honda CR-V

Starting at $24,150 MSRP

Toyota RAV4

Starting at $24,410 MSRP