Honda CR-V Takes On The Competition

Consumer Reports recently put the 2012 Honda CR-V up against the Mazda CX-5 in a head-to-head small SUV test. The magazine's editors admit that both models excelled in nearly every area tested, but only one could win. So which model championed the test? That would be the 2012 Honda CR-V.

"While their overall scores were close, these two small SUVs have very distinct characteristics that will probably appeal to different types of drivers"1 explains David Champion, Senior Director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut. Specifically, the 2012 Honda CR-V managed to pull in a final score of 77, while the competition's small crossover SUV went home with a total score of 75.

So what gave the Honda CR-V the competitive edge? In short, its comfortable interior, smooth ride, and even smoother price. Specifically, the 2012 Honda CR-V, available to drivers in the Okemos Area, can be had for nearly $1,000 less than a similarly-equipped CX-5.

In the spirit of transparency, however, there are a few areas where Consumer Reports did say that the 2012 Honda CR-V could still manage to improve. For instance the company says it's a bit noisier at higher speeds and has subpar at-the-limit handling. While the first one is easy to fix with a little music, we have to ask what they were thinking in making the second critique. After all, what family is really going to push their CR-V to its "limits?" We're talking about a small crossover SUV here, not a performance-packed supercar after all.

Regardless, the choice is clear. If you're in the market for a small crossover SUV, the 2012 Honda CR-V is the vehicle to go with. And with that, Capital Honda invites you to take it for a test drive today at 2651 Jolly Road.

Source:

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/26/honda-cr-v-edges-mazda-cx-5-in-consumer-reports-small-c/1

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