Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Horsepower

  184 hp

Engine Torque

  180 ft-lbs


2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4

Horsepower

  176 hp

Engine Torque

  172 ft-lbs

2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

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At a time when SUVs were generally thought as large, rugged, off-road vehicles, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 challenged such a perception by using trimmed-down sheet metal merged with sedan-like qualities. Today, they are two of the most recognizable compact SUV nameplates around. For the 2018 model year, the RAV4, as it goes further into its fourth production cycle, had a new trim introduced (Adventure) and its maximum towing capability increased. Meanwhile, the CR-V, which had just started its fifth generation of production the year before, is comfortable with no major adjustments. And that's not the only reason why it's resting on its laurels; it continues to be the top-level compact SUV—even when compared with its Toyota rival.

Fuel Efficiency

Great gas mileage has always been one of the CR-V's chief attributes, and it is no different for the 2018 model year. Peak fuel economy on the vehicle is measured at 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway*. And that's from a powertrain configuration that involves a tiny 1.5-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine, a continuously variable transmission (which does its part by avoiding the energy-consuming gear shifting mechanism of traditional transmissions), and a front-wheel-drive system. Although you also have the front-wheel drive as the standard drivetrain on the RAV4 to help maximize fuel economy, there's no CVT option (6-speed automatic transmission), and its lone engine is larger than the two available choices on the CR-V (2.5-liter I4). As a result, the RAV4 peaks at 23/30 mpg*. That's 5 less mpg in the city and 4 less mpg on the highway than its Honda counterpart.

Engine Power

With its lone engine, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 has an output of 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. Both engines available on the 2018 Honda CR-V outgun it. The aforementioned turbocharged I4 produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Even the non-turbo 2.0-liter I4—which goes on the base-level LX trim—generates 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, which is 8 more horsepower and torque than the RAV4 engine can provide.

Cargo Volume

The 2018 Honda CR-V has one of the largest maximized cargo volumes in its class. With the rear seats folded, you can achieve up to 75.8 cubic feet for your luggage. On the 2018 Toyota RAV4, peak cargo volume is measured at 73.4 cubic feet. And you'd have to be careful with the Toyota SUV: If you go to the upper-level Limited trim, that shrinks to 70.6 cubic feet.

Fired up about the 2018 Honda CR-V? You can take a test drive of the vehicle at our dealership in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With our robust inventory of vehicles we are a great place to visit and make your next purchase. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Nissan sales staff.


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