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Though we've been very straightforward with our thoughts on Honda/Acura, we have to admit that the all-new CR-V is probably one of its better designs in recent years; however, that's not saying much.

We do like how it stayed relatively true to the CR-V concept.

But there's a new sheriff in town, folks. That, my friends, is the Mazda CX-5. Considering Mazda is in a bit of financial pain, I have to say that I have a soft spot for this all-new offering. That and it looks good, in my eyes.

So, how do these two make out? Well, according to Consumer Reports the CR-V is more geared towards a family -- no kidding -- and the CX-5 is the sportier, more fun to drive sport-utility vehicle. AND, it even delivers the best-in-class fuel economy.

Ultimately though, CR goes on the record and says that the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forrester still outscore both products from Honda and Mazda. The reasons? For the Honda, it was downed by excessive road noise, large blind spots and some play in the steering. The Mazda received red marks because of its noisy cabin, firm ride on the highway and underpowered engine during day-to-day driving.

All things considered, WHICH entry-level SUV do you believe is getting boned by Consumer Reports?




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