Used test: Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 vs Subaru Forester

These automatics should take the strain out of SUV ownership, offering the best all-round package without compromising efficiency

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What will they cost?

According to official fuel economy figures, the Honda CR-V is the most economical car of the trio, at 55.4mpg. It also has the lowest road tax cost of only Β£135 per year. The Mazda is next with an average of 51.4mpg and Β£150 tax, with the runner up being the Subaru Forester. It doesn’t even manage to break 50mpg thanks to its permanent four-wheel drive system. It will therefore be the most costly to run at 46.3mpg and Β£190 a year.

All three cars are equipped with 17in alloys, climate and cruise controls, auto lights and wipers, and electric-folding door mirrors. The Honda and Mazda go further with standard front and rear parking sensors, although the Subaru does have a rear-parking camera. It’s also the only car here with a sunroof and a powered tailgate.

The CX-5 and CR-V have city braking systems that can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds. No such technology is available on the Subaru, and it’s also the only one of the three cars without a tyre pressure monitor.

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