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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|2018 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2018 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2018 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings||2018 Mazda CX-5Browse Used Listings||2018 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2018 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD||Small SUV 2WD|
|LX 2WD||S FWD||LX FWD||Sport FWD||2.5i Manual||LE FWD (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Ford Escape||2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Kia Sportage||2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Mazda CX-5||2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Forester||2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4|