How Does the Toyota RAV4 Compare to the Honda Competition?

If you're looking for a new crossover with a sporty drive and a variety of great features, be sure to check out the Toyota RAV4. This vehicle offers a balance of power and efficiency, along with responsive handling for a great driving experience. It also has a number of exciting features designed to make your drive more comfortable and convenient.

There are a variety of other crossovers on the road, which might make it hard to decide which one is right for you. The Honda CR-V also offers great features and a reliable ride. However, the RAV4 has a lot to offer that competing models like the CR-V don't. Below, you can see a few of the things that make the RAV4 such a great option.

  • The RAV4 offers a  more exciting drive with its 6-speed automatic transmission, which provides a more energetic ride than the CR-V's continuously variable transmission.
  • You can stay on the road for longer in the RAV4 which has a cruising range of 416 miles, while the CR-V only has a range of 392 miles.
  • Taller drivers can stay comfortable in the RAV4 since it offers more legroom than the CR-V.
  • The RAV4 offers additional safety features like front knee airbags and fog lights, which are not available in the CR-V.
  • You can enjoy a sportier ride in the RAV4 with its available paddle shifters, which you won't find in the CR-V.
  • The RAV4 allows you to adjust the driving dynamics according to your preferences with things like Eco Mode and Sport Mode, which are not available in the CR-V.

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs The 2018 Ford Escape

  • The Toyota RAV4 begins at a much lower starting price of $25,505 and is almost $1,200 less in its base trim than the Ford Escape which starts out at $26,695.
  • In terms of its spaciousness, the Toyota RAV4 has a lot more to offer with about 40 inches of head room and 43 inches of leg room for the front passengers, as well as about 39 inches of head room and 37 inches of leg room for your passengers in the back seats. While the Ford Escape has about the same amount of head room to offer you and your passengers, it has a little less leg room in the back seats with about 36 inches. The Ford Escape also contains considerably less cargo capacity at about 34 cubic feet in compassion to the 38 cubic feet of the Toyota RAV4.
  • The right mid-sized SUV for you and your family's needs ought to be the one that's the safest and the Toyota RAV4 definitely has a lot more to offer with driver-assistive technologies in all trim levels, such as the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD), Automatic High Beams (AHB) Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA). While most of these features have equivalents to the Ford brand, they are not featured on the base trim levels and have to be added on with a higher trim.
  • The Toyota RAV4 can be equipped with a bodyside/cab step or running board, for the convenience of you and your passengers when entering the SUV. This feature is unavailable on the Ford Escape.
  • Finally, while both of these SUVs were some of the 25 top-selling models of 2017, according to a list by KBB, the Toyota RAV4 topped that list at #1 with its 2018 model receiving higher ratings by both expert and consumer reviewers alike over that of the Ford Escape, which placed #4 on this list.


If you'd like to learn more about the Toyota RAV4, feel free to stop by our Arlington, VA dealership. We would be happy to answer your questions and arrange a test drive so you can see for yourself what this vehicle has to offer. If you decide it's the right crossover for you, we will gladly help you get the financing you need to get behind the wheel.

The Toyota RAV4 has gained an impressive reputation as an SUV, since it first debuted in 1994, garnering the praise of car reviewers and car-buyers alike. Discover one for yourself and come check out our inventory of all-new Toyota RAV4 models here at Koons Arlington Toyota! We're proudly serving Washington DC and our sales team can be reached at (703) 522-6000, during regular business hours, with any questions you might have! Come see us today!