Consumer Reports: Honda’s new CR-V is better than the Mazda CX-5

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 2, 2012

The Honda CR-V celebrated a close win over the Mazda CX-5 in a contest that determines which SUV is the most family-friendly, according to Consumer Reports. What gave the CR-V the edge was its large back seat as well as its easy access and generous cargo space. When looking at the specs, the redesigned CR-V and new CX-5 seem to be very similar.

They’re evenly matched when it comes to their prices. They could both fit five passengers, have similar dimensions, and offered with front- or all-wheel drive. According to Consumer Reports’ overall road-test scores of these models, the CR-V scored 77 while the CX-5 got 75.

They ranked just below the segment-leading Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. In addition, the CR-V EX (priced at $26,455) is a more family-friendly SUV, with a large backseat, easy access, plenty of cargo space, and a comfy ride. It’s faster and more responsive than the CX-5.

However, the CR-V is plagued by issues like prominent road noise, quite big rear blind spots, and subpar at-the-limit handling. But overall, Consumer Reports favored the CR-V because it was exciting and easy to drive and is functional.

On the other hand, the CX-5 Touring (with a price of $27,125) is more athletic and engaging to drive because of its responsive handling and steering as well as tight cornering. Driving through a twisty road is better with the CX-5 and would be preferred by enthusiast drivers.

The CX-5, which uses Mazda's new Skyactiv technology, offers the best fuel economy in its class-25 mpg overall. The mid-level Touring version is generously equipped with a full-power seat, keyless ignition and a blind-spot monitoring system. The downside to the CX-5 would be its slower acceleration, noisier and smaller cabin, and the choppy ride on the highway.

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