At almost no time in history has a single vehicle segment been as dominant as is the current iteration of the crossover SUV class. In the beginning days, the Toyota Highlander burst forward to offer lots of interior space, performance and capability. Buyers looking to experience everything the Highlander has to offer will also have a lot of other options to consider. A comparison of the 2018 Toyota Highlander vs. 2018 Honda CR-V starts off as a fairly close battle, but the story ends with the Highlander being well out in front. Of the two crossover SUVs, only the Toyota Highlander is available with a V-6 power plant, plenty of cargo space and three rows of seating. Customers can schedule a test drive with a Colonial Toyota today by calling, 203-286-5500.
Interior space for passengers and cargo-hauling are among the most important factors for buyers shopping for a crossover SUV. All six trim grades of the 2018 Toyota Highlander come with three rows of seats with a maximum passenger capacity of eight. The 2018 Honda CR-V only offers two rows of seats and tops out at a maximum five passengers. Buyers who choose the Toyota Highlander will also see a marked advantage in available cargo space. The 2018 Highlander has 42.3 cubic-feet of cargo volume available behind the second row with the third row folded down. Honda CR-V falls short of that mark with 39.2 cubic-feet. When the Toyota Highlander is configured for maximum cargo volume, 83.7 cubic-feet can be used.
At the base level, the 2018 Toyota Highlander and 2018 Honda CR-V are fairly closely matched. Both vehicles use naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines that made approximately the same amount of horsepower. However, the 2018 Highlander offers a very powerful and efficient powertrain upgrade. A 3.5-liter, V-6 engine is attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. 2018 Highlander trim grades equipped with this engine and transmission combination will make 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, all versions of the current Highlander with the V-6 come with a towing prep package will give the crossover SUV a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds which easily eclipses what is capable with the 2018 Honda CR-V.