2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

Looking for a Compact SUV? Compare the 2018 Honda CR-V With the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

Choosing a new vehicle can be difficult. Here at Hilton Head Honda, we try to make it as easy and hassle-free as possible, but we also realize drivers are bombarded with ads and commercials boasting about this feature and that feature. It can be a challenge to cut through all the marketing “mumbo jumbo” to get down to the facts. We want to help you do that, which is why today we are comparing the 2018 Honda CR-V LX vs the 2018 Toyota RAV4 LE.

If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, then these two options are likely somewhere on your list of vehicles to test drive. That said, you probably don’t have the time to go from dealership to dealership learning about and test driving every vehicle possible. The best approach is to pinpoint your top vehicle by doing some research ahead of time, which is why we are saving you time by comparing these two options.

[Read more: See what’s new for Honda in 2018] 

Differences Between the 2018 CR-V LX and 2018 RAV4 LE

2018 CR-V LX 2WD CVT


2018 Toyota RAV4 LE

$24,250* MSRP $24,410
Up to 75.8 cu ft Cargo Volume Up to 73.4 cu ft
184 hp, 180 lb-ft of torque Engine Specs 176 hp, 172 lb-ft of torque
26 city/32 hwy** MPG 23 city/30 hwy

blue Honda CR-V profile view on white backgroundValue Comparison

One of the first things you’re likely to consider when choosing your next new vehicle is price. As you can see from the chart above, that speaks for itself. But, it’s also important to know what each model comes standard with. When comparing the 2018 CR-V LX to the 2018 RAV4 LE, you’ll find it comes with standard features that Toyota’s compact SUV does not, such as a fully chrome grille, theft-deterrent radio and a headlight washer.

Of course, another factor that goes into value is gas cost. Though that may vary between drivers, you can see from the chart above that the 2018 CR-V LX with FWD has superior gas mileage than the 2018 RAV4 LE with AWD, with an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.**

Practicality Comparison

When buying an SUV, finding something that is both practical and sporty is important. After all, you want a larger vehicle for more space, which is why you’ll be pleased with the CR-V LX’s 75.8 cu ft of maximum cargo space, in addition to its stunning 105.9 cu ft of passenger space.

Moreover, the 2018 Honda CR-V LX has plenty of power for you to enjoy, helping you pass people on the highway, get up to speed on the on-ramp and more. That is thanks to the 4-cylinder engine’s output of 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. In all fairness, the RAV4 isn’t far behind… but… it is behind.

Learn more about the 2018 Honda CR-V 

We’ve really only scratched the surface in comparing the 2018 Honda CR-V LX vs the 2018 Toyota RAV4 LE, but as you can see, Honda’s compact SUV impresses in some key areas. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us at Hilton Head Honda. 


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $995.00 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.