Honda CR-V Beats Mazda CX-5 in CR Comparison

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The latest generation Civic didn’t receive much praise from the folks at Consumer Reports. However, it looks like Honda redeemed itself with its all-new 2012 CR-V. The crossover edged past the all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 in the organization’s recent comparison test.

Editors at Consumer Reports were particularly impressed by the CR-V’s functionality, its large backseat, easy access, cargo space, and its comfortable ride. Although they found that it still lacked the athleticism and fun of the CX-5 with its “Zoom Zoom” driving dynamics, that just wasn’t enough to overcome the overall family-friendliness of the Honda.

“While their overall scores were close, these two small SUVs have very distinct characteristics that will probably appeal to different types of drivers” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.

Both crossovers can accommodate five passengers, have comparable dimensions, and are available with front- or all-wheel drive. The CR-V and CX-5 each boast base prices in the the low-$20K range.

For the complete reviews of the 2012 Honda CR-V and the 2013 Mazda CX-5, check out the videos below.

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