Compare the 2018 Honda CR-V & 2018 Toyota RAV4 in Springfield, IL

 

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Two Industry Greats Square Off: Compare the 2018 Honda CR-V and 2018 Toyota RAV4 in Springfield, IL

Families. Dog lovers. Artists. Bikers. Hikers. Businesspeople. Wanderlust adventurers. What do they all have in common? They're all unique types of people in Springfield and Chatham who are all shopping for a versatile, affordable, and safe compact SUV. The new five-seater crossover segment for 2018 is the most competitive it's ever been, and you've got more choices than ever.

But--like has been true for years--there are still two big-time options to choose from near Sherman: the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and the 2018 Honda CR-V. The RAV4's added some new bells and whistles, but the full redesign that Honda recently gave its compact SUV sets it a few major steps above its long-time rival.

Maybe next year, RAV4.

 

Cargo & Utility: Which is the More Versatile Option?

  • The recently-redesigned 2018 Honda CR-V now boasts a maximum 75.8 cubic feet of interior cargo space; the 2018 RAV4 tops out at just 73.4 cubic feet
  • Both models come standard with FWD, but AWD is an option on all trim levels
  • The ruggedly refined 2018 Honda CR-V gives you 8.2 inches of ground clearance, while the 2018 RAV4 gives up just 6.3 inches. What is this, an SUV for ants?

The competition between the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 used to be a lot closer, even just a few years ago. But thanks to smarter engineering, drivers in Jacksonville will have a hard time denying the better utility and better capability of the new 2018 Honda CR-V.


Power & Performance: Which is the More Powerful SUV?

  • The 2018 Honda CR-V's standard four-cylinder engine is good for 184 HP--the RAV4's standard engine? Just a measly 176 HP
  • Want an even sportier ride? The 2018 Honda CR-V offers an available 190-horsepower turbocharged engine. Where's the Toyota turbo? (Spoiler: it doesn't exist)
  • Both the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 RAV4 can tow up to 1,500 pounds for standard models; the pricier and over-the-top RAV4 Adventure, however, can tow up to 1,750 pounds if you really need it

We buy SUVs because we need to keep on moving in Taylorville--but it doesn't hurt to have a bit of fun while you're moving too, right? The 2018 Honda CR-V is more powerful and more versatile than the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

Features & Package Options: Which SUV Gives You More for the Money?

  • The new 2018 Honda CR-V offers Apple CarPlay/Android Auto standard on most of its models; Toyota doesn't offer those smartphone-connectivity options on any of its cars or SUVs
  • The Honda CR-V's big redesign for 2017 means that the 2018 model carries over the stylishly-updated and well-equipped cabin; RAV4 is still trailing a little behind
  • Both models feature a lot of standard and available safety sensing through Toyota's TSS-P package and Honda's Honda Sensing technology
 

Honda knows what the people want. That's why the new 2018 Honda CR-V model lineup is packed with awesome new features, premium materials and upgraded comforts, and thoughtful additions like massive storage bins and holders all throughout the cabin. If you want an SUV that can really keep up with your busy life in Springfield, the 2018 Honda CR-V is likely going to be the better choice. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is still playing catchup.

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