2018 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4
When searching for an SUV, many look for three things: a spacious interior, reliable performance, and long list of features. Two viable options are the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Which one would be better for your trips around Atlantic City and Egg Harbor?
To help answer that question, our team at Boardwalk Honda created this 2018 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison. Check out our breakdown of each SUV, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Passenger & Cargo Room
SUVs are ideal for families, because of all the passenger and cargo room they provide. The 2018 Honda CR-V offers lots of space for five people with 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. Its back row is especially roomy with 39.2 inches of headroom and 40.4 inches of legroom.
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 easily seats five, as well. However, its back row offers just 38.9 inches of headroom and 37.2 inches of legroom. Plus, with 101.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, you won't have as much stretching room as you would in the CR-V.
Cargo space is also a bit limited in the RAV4. There's 38.4 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats. Fold that row down, and the space expands to 73.4 cubic feet. That's compared to the CR-V that has 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the back row and 75.8 cubic feet when that row is folded down.
However, each SUV offers a hands-free power tailgate. This makes it easier to access the cargo area when your hands are full. Just swipe your foot under the rear bumper, and the tailgate will automatically open.
The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are known for having comfortable ride qualities and respectable handling.
The CR-V also has impressive engine options. It comes standard with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. For even more power, there's the available 1.5L 4-cylinder that delivers 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.
The RAV4, meanwhile, has one engine option: a 2.5L 4-cylinder. Unfortunately, this one puts out just 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque.
Not only does the CR-V have more power, but it has better fuel economy, too. When equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the vehicle achieves an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG.*
The RAV4, on the other hand, achieves an EPA-estimated 23 city/30 highway MPG. While still impressive, you may need to stop at the gas station more often to refuel.
The 2018 CR-V and 2018 RAV4 have plenty of amenities to help keep your commutes more enjoyable. For instance, they each offer heated front seats to help keep you cozy on particularly cold nights.
The RAV4 also offers an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, so you can get in a perfect seating position behind the wheel. However, the CR-V offers a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support. This will result in a more precise seating position to comfortably command the road.
The tech features in these SUVs are pretty similar. For instance, they both come standard with Bluetooth® technology to stream audio or make hands-free phone calls. They also each offer SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. With over 100 channels of sports, news, and music to choose from, you'll always find something new to listen to.
Furthermore, the Honda CR-V offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. To utilize this feature, simply plug your phone into the car's USB port and select apps will appear on the display screen. You can then access your music playlists, podcasts, navigation, and more without fumbling around with your phone.
Unfortunately, the Toyota RAV4 doesn't offer Apple CarPlay™ nor Android Auto™ in any of its trim levels.
2018 CR-V vs 2018 RAV4: Verdict
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is an impressive SUV. Nevertheless, the 2018 Honda CR-V is more spacious and fuel-efficient. It also has a bigger list of features.
If you live near Atlantic City or Egg Harbor and want to experience the CR-V for yourself, then schedule a test drive at Boardwalk Honda today!
*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.