July 21, 2005

Consumer Reports rates Honda CR-V among best small SUVs

Yonkers, New York – The Honda CR-V has been named one of Consumer Reports’ top-rated small SUVs in tests of five such vehicles for its August issue. This places the CR-V as the second-best small SUV among the 19 currently rated by Consumer Reports, topped by the Subaru Forester.

Previously, the CR-V had been rated fifth, but moved up due to 2005 improvements including a standard five-speed automatic transmission, electronic stability control and side curtain airbags. The vehicle’s only notable fault was prominent road noise.

The vehicles tested were the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape Hybrid, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Xterra and Jeep Liberty diesel.

Another of the vehicles in this test group, the newly-introduced Ford Escape Hybrid, achieved a class-leading 26 mpg (US) overall in fuel economy. The best conventional small SUVs for fuel economy, such as the CR-V, get about 21 mpg (US) overall.

Consumer Reports recommends only one of the vehicles tested, the CR-V due to a lack of reliability data on the other vehicles.

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