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Top SUVs, Track Tested: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 Who Wins?

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Published on July 08, 2018
Edmunds editors Mark Takahashi, Josh Sadlier and Will Kaufman do a back-to-back-to-back comparison of the two highest-rated small crossovers: the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-5. Also added into the mix is the best-selling 2018 Toyota RAV4, which is due to be replaced by an all-new model later this year. We put these versatile vehicles through their paces to see which one might be the best fit for you.

Q: How much do these small crossovers cost?
A: All three have starting prices right at the $25,000 mark. The as-tested prices for this comparison are $34,505 for the 2018 Mazda CX-5, $32,595 for the 2018 Toyota RAV4, and $30,195 for the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Q: Why was the 2018 Toyota RAV4 included?
A: The Toyota RAV4 is at a distinct disadvantage because it's due for a complete redesign, while the Mazda and the Honda have undergone more recent updates. We included the Toyota because it represents the best-selling model in the class, as well as the best-selling non-pickup truck in the U.S.

Q: Which small crossover has the best cargo capacity?
A: In order from largest to smallest: 2017 Honda CR-V, 2018 Toyota RAV4 and 2018 Mazda CX-5.

Q: Is there a clear winner?
A: The 2017 Honda CR-V wins on paper and gets high marks for convenience. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is our favorite for the way it drives and looks. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong choice, too, but we'd suggest waiting for the 2019 model.

Q: Where's Carlos?
A: There is no Carlos, only Zuul.

Read our reviews here:
2018 Honda CR-V: https://www.edmunds.com/honda/cr-v/2018/
2018 Mazda CX-5: https://www.edmunds.com/mazda/cx-5/2018/
2018 Toyota RAV4: https://www.edmunds.com/toyota/rav4/2018/

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