Dare to Compare: Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V


The compact SUV segment is one of the fastest growing segments in the auto industry, appealing to a wide variety of drivers as a result of their versatility, capabilities, and modern technologies. Two frontrunners in the segment are the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V.

Performance & Efficiency

The Mazda CX-5 offers Mazda’s unparalleled driving dynamics, which make for an exceptional ride. The CX-5 comes equipped with a standard SKYACTIV®-G engine, which features Cylinder Deactivation to improve fuel efficiency. This engine delivers 187 horsepower, 186 lb-ft of torque, and achieves 31 mpg on the highway.

The Honda CR-V offers slightly less horsepower and torque than the CX-5. It comes equipped with standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

Refined Interior

The Mazda CX-5 comes with a refined interior, including a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather-wrapped gear selector. The Honda CR-V, on the other hand, comes simply equipped with basic finishes that you can upgrade if you’d like with the CR-V’s array of available features.

Smart Safety Tech

The Mazda CX-5 comes outfitted with smart tech across the board, including state-of-the-art safety features like Smart City Brake Support, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Honda CR-V doesn’t come equipped with any advanced safety features on the base trim, although it does come with a standard rearview camera – which the CX-5 is also equipped with.

It’s clear that the Mazda CX-5 is a great choice if you’re shopping for a compact SUV. If you want to learn more about it or take a test drive, contact us at Mazda of Bedford.

*Up to an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG for 2018 Mazda CX-5 FWD models. AWD models, 24 city/30 highway MPG. Actual results will vary.