The CRV is either built in the USA or Canada therefore the profit goes to either countries economy not Japan. The CRV is better built and is a fantastic toad ( mine is a 2012). I was apprehensive because I bought the ist Honda in 1965 and it was a gorgeous car but a disaster.
I have always had Toyotas since my lemon Volvos but now they have slipped in quality and have a "snotty" attitude about what they will sell you so we took the leap and bought the CRV. We are extremely happy - tows well, easy to get in and out of and lots of space for the flee market "stuff" that we always seem to need.
Our friend has the fanciest model of the Jeep and it is more uncomfortable, poorly built etc.
Its the CRV for me - 2012 and up.
2007 Triple E - Empress Elite - Freightliner
WH 22 owner for 7 years