Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Toyota RAV4 VS 2018 Honda CR-V Near Washington, NC

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2018 Toyota RAV4

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2018 Toyota RAV4

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2018 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

The Rav4 has standard Whiplash-Injury-Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Rav4 (except LE/XLE/Adventure) offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Rav4 and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CR-V.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Rav4 has a standard 490-amp battery (550 optional). The CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 10th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Rav4 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (15.9 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:


Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum


Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

10.2 inches

The Rav4 stops much shorter than the CR-V:





60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Rav4 SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Rav4’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CR-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Rav4 SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Rav4 XLE 4WD is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD:




At idle

40 dB

40 dB


73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The CR-V’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Rav4 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Rav4 Adventure has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the rear view mirror, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Rav4 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Rav4 with a number “8” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rav4 is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost less on the Rav4 than the CR-V, including $24 less for front brake pads, $125 less for a starter, $160 less for front struts and $69 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Rav4 and the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Honda CR-V by 8% during 2017.

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