TOY­OTA HAR­RIER vs MAZDA CX-5 vs HONDA CR-V

Which of these pop­u­lar SUV mod­els has the most sensational mix of space, pace and prac­ti­cal­ity?

Torque (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - STORY JEREMY CHUA PHO­TOS TAN MENG CHOON ART DI­REC­TION SEAN LEE

FOR the past few years, the most well-known sports util­ity ve­hi­cle (SUV) in Sin­ga­pore has been, and con­tin­ues to be, the Honda HR-V/Vezel.

But be­fore it landed on our shores, Honda’s most pop­u­lar SUV (and the only one of­fi­cially avail­able) was the CR-V, or “Com­fort­able Run­about Ve­hi­cle”. The CR-V has al­ways been a com­fort­able five-seater run­about since its de­but in 1995. But Honda wanted to cater to larger fam­i­lies this time around, so un­like its pre­de­ces­sors, the new fifth-gen­er­a­tion model is also avail­able as a seven-seater vari­ant, which we tested here.

Aside from be­ing avail­able with two more seats, the CR-V now has a smaller tur­bocharged en­gine, which is more pow­er­ful than the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 2-litre and 2.4-litre en­gines in pre­vi­ous mod­els.

Still util­is­ing a non-turbo en­gine is the lat­est Mazda CX-5, which is a heav­ily re­vised ver­sion of the first-gen model. Apart from a sharper de­sign, the CX-5 aims to im­press with its en­hanced re­fine­ment and per­for­mance.

Also boast­ing plenty of ath­leti­cism is the Toy­ota Har­rier Turbo – the first Har­rier avail­able through of­fi­cial agent Bor­neo Mo­tors. The Har­rier Turbo isn’t just more mus­cu­lar than its non-turbo, par­al­lel-im­ported sib­lings, it’s also the most po­tent con­tender in this bunch, too.

Which of these SUVs will prove the most con­vinc­ing to sub­ur­ban­ites search­ing for a sporty run­about that’s also spa­cious and prac­ti­cal? Con­tinue read­ing this story and find out.

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