This reader wonders if she should buy a Mazda CX-5, a Toyota RAV4 or a Jeep Cherokee to replace her 2015 Honda CR-V.
I have owned three Honda CR-Vs over the years and our family also has a 2017 Toyota Highlander that we love. We use the Toyota for our family trips (we have 2 young children and a teenager) and my car is only used by me to get to work. I prefer an SUV but find the new CR-V too big and slow.
I like the Jeep Cherokee looks. I was going to buy one when I got the CR-V but they didn’t have the color I wanted (red). I haven’t driven the RAV4 but our Toyota dealer is offering us a great deal. I also like how the Mazda CX-5 looks but haven’t driven it either.
Main criteria: Comfort, safety, interior design.
What We Think
We’re surprised you don’t like the Honda CR-V given that comfort is your number one priority. That said, based on what you’re saying we would probably go with the Toyota RAV4. It’s the most comfortable of the three SUVs you’re considering and the fact that you can get a good deal is noteworthy given that the RAV4 is all-new and usually doesn’t come with many incentives and rebates right now.
The new RAV4 is a lot more fun to drive than the previous model and has more power than any compact SUV. It’s comfortable, but sportier than the Honda CR-V.
We would also recommend that you test drive the Mazda CX-5. It’s definitely one of the most fun to drive compact sport utility vehicle and its interior is refined and upscale while also being practical.
As for the Jeep Cherokee, we like it but the problem is that its getting a bit dated compared to newer competitors in the segment, namely the Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5. You won’t find much difference between the Cherokee you liked back in 2015 and the current 2019 model.
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