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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Crossover SUVs are putting the pinch on both traditional SUVs and sedans. That’s because crossovers are a little bit of both. They offer a comfortable ride and good fuel economy combined with a larger cargo capacity. Two of the leaders in this category are the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Toyota Highlander, so let’s see how they compare in a head-to-head matchup.


Both the 2018 Honda CR-V and the Toyota Highlander come standard with a four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. The 2018 Honda CR-V’s engine produces 184 horsepower while the 2018 Toyota Highlander’s engine produces only 1 more horsepower at 185 hp. However, the CR-V is a much lighter vehicle with a curb weight of only 3,307 lbs for the LX model compared to 4,134 lbs for the Highlander. To its credit, there is a V6 engine available for the 2018 Toyota Highlander, but you’ll take quite a hit on fuel economy in exchange for added propulsion. Even the more powerful 3.5 Liter V6 engine in the Toyota Highlander XLE model has a sluggish throttle and hesitates to access all of its available power.

Interior Space

When it comes to interior cargo space nothing tops the 2018 Honda CR-V. Due to its superior design, the CR-V has class-leading cargo space, an impressive 39.2 cubic feet with all seats still upright. The 2018 Toyota Highlander has to fold its third row to beat the CR-V in storage capacity. The Highlander offers 38.4 inches of legroom in the second row, but the Honda CR-V easily trumps that with 40.4 inches of second row legroom.

Technology and Infotainment

The 2018 Toyota Highlander really missed an opportunity to upgrade its lackluster technology and infotainment system. The much sought-after Apple CarPlay1 and Android Auto2 aren’t even optional features on the Toyota Highlander. Of course, you can find both available for the Honda CR-V starting on the EX trim.

The Honda CR-V excels against the Toyota Highlander. The 2018 Honda CR-V was named the 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the Year®** and received a 2018 Best Buy Award from Kelly Blue Book***. The CR-V has a turbo-charged engine. The cargo space and interior amenities are something to see, and the most desirable tech features for the CR-V aren’t reserved for the priciest model trim. You can still be the final judge by visiting Bosak Honda Michigan City. Our friendly staff can help you find the right CR-V for you, and you can easily book a test drive today.

* 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX with CVT model. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX with CVT model. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT 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.

** 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.

*** For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

1 Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc.

2 Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc.