Competition makes markets better, and there is maybe no competition in the auto world like the one between Toyota and Honda. Unlike Ford-Chevy, which covers pickup trucks, or Mercedes-BMW, which is all about luxury cars, the one between Toyota and Honda seems to emerge into every segment in which both vehicles compete. A great reason for that is that these two manufacturers produce top-quality vehicles in every segment, and always end up competing with one another for the title of “The Best X.”
The compact crossover class is no different! Having been pioneered by Toyota in the late 1990s with the original RAV4, the compact crossover class has risen to be one of most competitive and crowded segments in the American auto market. Two of the biggest competitors are the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. Both provide reliable and efficient all-weather capability, but which one comes out on top? Let’s look!
2018 Toyota RAV4
2018 Honda CR-V
|42.6-inches||Front Leg Room||41.3-inches|
|15.9 gallons||Fuel Tank Size||14 gallons|
|3500 lbs.||Maximum Towing Capacity||1500 lbs.|
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has always challenged the status quo. When it debuted in 1996, it entered a consumer automotive market that seemed split between family-size sedans and gigantic body-on-frame SUVs. By seeking to combine the appealing traits of each, Toyota produced a vehicle that has gone on to shape the way we think about consumer cars.
For 2018, these challenges are subtle, but still present. With the 2018 Toyota RAV4, Toyota looks to increase what consumers expect from a compact crossover. Where class competitors cut corners, Toyota creates and innovates. Where class competitors hold back for more expensive trim levels, Toyota makes safety and technology features standard.
Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) which comes standard on all 2018 Toyota RAV4 models is just one of many examples. TSS-P gives drivers assurance and peace of mind while they drive, providing features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) that alerts drivers to an impending collision and can even apply brake force to avoid or minimize the severity of a collision.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA) helps you stay safe in the center of your traffic line while driving, by alerting you with audio and visual warnings if your vehicle crosses the road-marking boundaries. If you don’t react quickly, your 2018 Toyota RAV4 will actually help steer you back toward the center.
Other safety features standard on the 2018 Toyota RAV4 from the base, LE, model up include Automatic High Beams (AHB), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and the Star Safety System™ which includes even more standard passive safety features.
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 continues the model’s proud heritage of both exemplifying and challenging the class. See for yourself. Test drive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 today!
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a ton of room for everything and everybody who is important to you, whether that's passengers riding in the spacious cabin, luggage and adventure gear in the cargo bay, or a trailer rated up to 3500 lbs. being towed behind your 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure, you're set. Find out more about the space here.