2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Toyota Highlander Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Cargo Space

  39.2 cu. ft.

Rear Leg Room

  40.4 in.


2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

Cargo Space

  13.8 cu. ft.

Rear Leg Room

  38.4 in.

2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

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If you’re shopping for a crossover, you’re likely considering two of the nation’s best-selling SUVs: the Honda CR-V, classified as a compact with seating for five, and the Toyota Highlander, a midsize vehicle that can accommodate up to eight passengers. Read on to learn more about how these two popular vehicles compare to one another.

Safety Scores

Both these vehicles have good crash test scores, including five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration3 and 2018 Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety7. However, the CR-V slightly edges out the Highlander in this category with a five-star4 score in the frontal crash test compared to four stars in the same test for the Toyota.

Fuel Economy

Both these SUVs have two separate powertrains to choose from. The Honda CR-V offers an EPA-estimated 26/32 miles per gallon with the base engine compared to 20/24 city/highway mpg with the Toyota’s standard equipment. The upgraded CR-V engine gets 28/34 mpg1, compared to 20/27 with the Highlander’s V6. If you’re looking to save money at the pump, the 2018 CR-V is the obvious choice.

Industry Accolades

It’s hard to beat a vehicle named 2018 SUV of the Year by Motor Trend5, which is just one of the many honors bestowed on the 2018 Honda CR-V. It’s also named as one of the best 2018 cars for the money by U.S. News and World Report6 and one of the best 2018 buys in its class and best family cars by Kelley Blue Book in the Small SUV/Crossover category2.

If you’re ready to experience the 2018 Honda CR-V, visit us at Bosak Honda Highland for your test drive. Our service-focused sales staff is ready to answer all your questions about this exceptional compact crossover.


1 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX models. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX models. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
2 For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
3 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
4 When equipped with Honda sensing.
5 The 2018 CR-V has been named Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year® thanks to impressive cargo space, efficient fuel economy and Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology standard on EX and higher models.
6 View U.S. News Best cars at www.usnews.com/cars
7 When equipped with Honda sensing and specific headlights.