The CR-V was the top performer in our recent $25,000 SUV Shootout, and the Tucson finished fifth out of six competitors, so we would definitely put our money down on the Honda.
The CR-V was redesigned for 2012, when it gained standard features (including a backup camera), a more comfortable ride and a quieter interior. Our test drivers praised the CR-V for its ergonomics and well-rounded performance. It also posted 30 mpg over a 200-mile test loop, behind only the Mazda CX-5 (32.8 mpg), which finished second in the Shootout.
Though the Tucson offers a lot of standard features at reasonable cost and generally performed well, it was marked down for road noise and a small cargo area with a high lift-over height. The Tucson was a leader among compact SUVs a couple of years ago, but the competitors with fresher designs have caught up.
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