2018 Honda CR-V vs. Its Competition

2018 Honda CR-V
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

There’s not a more competitive sector of the market than compact crossovers, but the 2018 Honda CR-V is ready for battle.

The Toyota RAV4 is another strong seller, but we’re not totally sure why.

It’s not that there’s anything bad about the RAV4, but it feels dated and lacks the refinement of some rivals.

The Mazda CX-5 is about the opposite, although its interior isn’t as well-packaged as the CR-V’s.

The Subaru Forester aces the packaging test, gets good fuel economy, and has an exceptional safety record, but it’s also due for replacement.

VW’s new Tiguan emulates the CR-V in many ways, albeit with an optional (and very confining) third row.

It’s certainly worth a look.

And don’t discount the fun Ford Escape, which is this segment’s driver’s choice.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2018 Honda CR-V may be light on personality, but this compact crossover checks off every other box. It’s a very smart choice.
6.7
The 2018 Ford Escape has the road manners of another kind of car—but don't worry, it still works well as a crossover.
7.0
There’s a lot to like about the sharp-handling, attractive 2018 Kia Sportage, even if its fuel economy doesn’t impress.
6.5
As long as cargo space isn’t your main reason for buying a compact crossover, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent, fun-to-drive choice.
6.7
The 2018 Subaru Forester continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.
7.0
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.
MSRP From     
$24,250$23,940$23,600$24,150$22,795$24,660
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
LX 2WDS FWDLX FWDSport FWD2.5i ManualLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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