Both best-selling passenger vehicles in the United States, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are likely to get pitted against each other by consumers in the market for an affordable SUV. Both vehicles are back for the 2018 model year with slight updates, but mostly carrying over the features owners loved most from previous models. For the 2018 RAV4, that’s its Hybrid model that increases fuel efficiency over the regular powertrain to 32 miles per gallon combined and delivers impressive power. It also offers a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a full range of safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. The Honda CR-V does offer driver’s assistance safety technology, but only on its upper model tiers. However, the CR-V pulls ahead in other areas with its slightly more spacious rear seating area, more refined interior quality and styling, wireless integration, and two engine options with a combined 28 to 30 miles per gallon fuel rating. Unfortunately, no hybrid powertrain is available for the CR-V, which could be a downfall for those looking specifically for a fuel-booster. Both vehicles come with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty to keep them road-ready.
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