The Honda CR-V might be slightly ahead of the Toyota RAV4 right now but that does not mean that Honda can actually afford to play the waiting game right now.
It is clear that there is a demand for hybrid models right now and while there have been a lot of talk about Honda looking to offer one with their Honda CR-V model, most people believe that that will only happen when Honda releases the 2018 model. However, can Honda really afford the wait?
We know that Toyota has wasted no time getting the hybrid engine out. In fact, it has been reported that the sales of the Toyota RAV4 have gone up by 10% after the hybrid model was release.
If Honda continues to ignore the demands of their customers, Toyota might eventually catch up to them. The Toyota RAV4 with the hybrid engine will be able to return about 34mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway while the standard Honda CR-V is able to return about 26mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway right now.