2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Honda CR-Vvs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

When it comes to SUVs, Hilo and Kailua-Kona drivers appreciate fuel-efficient performance, no-nonsense safety, and ample cabin room. Starting at $24,510, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 possesses many of the characteristics Big Island car shoppers want.  Priced at a lower base MSRP of $24,150, the 2018 Honda CR-V proves to be a tough act for the RAV4 to follow. Take a look below to compare the Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 more thoroughly!

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2017 Honda CR-V
2018 Honda CR-V SUV VS 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV
$24,150* Starting MSRP $24,510
184 hp Horsepower 176 hp
26 mpg** City MPG 23 mpg
32 mpg** Highway MPG 30 mpg
105.9 cubic feet Passenger Volume 101.9 cubic feet
5 stars NHTSA Overall Front Crash Safety Rating^ 4 stars

Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV generates 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. With FWD and an automatic, the RAV4 earns an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway, making it an efficient option for urban and rural drivers. Despite being similarly equipped, the 2018 Honda CR-V SUV—motivated by a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine—dishes out a stronger 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The CR-V even surpasses the RAV4 in city and highway fuel economy, earning a EPA-estimated 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway** rating.

Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V

Interior Dimensions

Built to seat five, the RAV4 brags 101.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. Front-seat passengers get 39.8 inches of headroom and 54.3 inches of hiproom, while the second row gets 48.9 inches of hiproom. Still, Kamuela and Waoimea families will feel more relaxed inside the new CR-V, which boasts:

  • 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume
  • 40.1 inches of front headroom
  • 55.1 inches of front hiproom
  • 49.5 inches of second-row hiproom

Safety Ratings

The 2018 RAV4 comes standard with side airbags, stability and traction control, Brake Assist, and a rear-window defroster. When it comes to safety ratings, though, it falls short. In NTHSA crash tests, the 2018 Honda CR-V earned a five-star overall front crash safety rating,^ while the 2018 Toyota RAV4 earned just four stars. True, the RAV4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, but driver assists only help mitigate collisions—not lessen damage or injury.

Honda CR-V

Choose Your CR-V SUV Today!

All in all, the 2018 Toyota RAV4, and competitors like the Nissan Rogue, can’t keep pace with the 2018 Honda CR-V. To see why the Honda CR-V and its smaller sibling, the HR-V, remain such popular SUV picks, schedule a test drive at Big Island Honda in Hilo or Kailua-Kona!

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $975.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

^Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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Big Island Honda in Hilo & Kona

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Phone: (808) 930-2500

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