Consumer Reports has released the results of a recent head-to-head small SUV test where the Honda CR-V narrowly topped the all-new Mazda CX-5.
Consumer Reports has released the results of a recent head-to-head small SUV test where the Honda CR-V narrowly topped the all-new Mazda CX-5. On paper the CR-V and CX-5 are very similar, since both can hold up to five-passengers, have comparable dimensions, are available with front- or all-wheel drive, and are priced about the same.
“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.
Consumer Reports labeled the Honda CR-V EX has a more family-friendly SUV with its large backseat, easy access, lots of cargo space, and a comfortable ride. It is also notably quicker and more responsive than the CX-5. On the downside, the CR-V suffers from pronounced road noise, sizable rear blind spots, and subpar at-the-limit handling.
Consumer Reports found that the Mazda CX-5 Touring is more athletic and engaging to drive than the CR-V thanks to its agile handling, taut cornering, and responsive steering. It’s more at home on a twisty road and is more likely to satisfy enthusiast drivers. The CX-5 also delivers the best fuel economy in its class. But the CX-5’s trade-offs include a smaller, noisier cabin; a choppy ride on the highway; and slower acceleration.
The CR-V received a test score of 77, while the CX-5 received a 75 score. Both SUVs were just under the segment-leading Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.