Honda CR-V beats Mazda CX-5 in small CUV test

The new 2013 Honda CR-V narrowly topped the new Mazda CX-5 in Consumer Reports’ latest head-to-head small SUV shootout.

Consumer Reports says that both the CR-V and the new CX-5 are very similar on paper but the Honda (CR-V EX) is a more family-friendly SUV, with a large backseat, easy access, lots of cargo space, and a comfortable ride. The publication says that the CR-V is noticeably quicker and more responsive than the CX-5.

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At the end of the test, the Honda CR-V finished with a score of 77 and CX-5 finished with a score of 75.

“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.

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Consumer Reports did point out that the CX-5 Touring (tested price $27,125) is ‘more athletic and engaging to drive, thanks to its agile handling, taut cornering, and responsive steering.’

I’m sorry CR, I’m going to have to go with the CX-5 on this one.

Check out their video reviews after the jump.

– By: Omar Rana