2018 Honda CR-V

Starting Price: $25,125 | Price yours

Above Average: Efficiency, practicality, comfort, features, resale value...

Below Average: Infotainment interface

Consensus: Perennial segment leader widens the gap with total redesign


2018 Toyota RAV4

Starting Price: $25,370 | Price yours

Above Average: Comfortable seats, practical packaging

Below Average: No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, expensive

Consensus: Covers all the bases, but feels behind the times


When it comes to compact SUVs, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are the highest rated, and both are easy to recommend. Versatile and comfortable, both SUVs have a lot to offer, but the CR-V comes out ahead of the RAV4, as the Toyota is in its last year before a full redesign, while the Honda, named to our annual list of Best Family Cars for the last several years, is our Small SUV Best Buy of 2018.  

Honda CR-V Advantages

Newer, more features, roomier

Toyota RAV4 Advantages

Relaxed highway ride, available hybrid


Honda and Toyota have built strong reputations of excellent reliability and resale values, which are reflected in the CR-V and RAV4. In addition, these two models are roomy, comfortable and fuel-efficient.

Final Recommendation

If you're shopping for a compact SUV, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 should both be on your list.

  2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 190 hp @ 5600 rpm 176 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 179 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm 172 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 30 mpg (28 city, 34 hwy) 26 mpg (23 city, 30 hwy)
Also Available 2.4-liter 4-cylinder 4-cyl. hybrid
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 104.7 inches 104.7 inches
Overall Length 180.6 inches 183.5 inches
Width 73.0 inches 72.6 inches
Height 66.1 inches 65.9 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 34.8 feet
Headroom, Front 40.1 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.2 inches 38.9 inches
Legroom, Front 41.3 inches 42.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 37.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.9 inches 57.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.6 inches 55.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 102.9 cu. ft. 101.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 75.8 cu. ft. 73.4 cu. ft.
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