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2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Honda and Mazda are both major players in the automaker industry.

These two Japanese multi-national automaker corporations both produce reliable, affordable, and diverse lines of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Both automakers are renowned for their common ability to develop vehicles that are simultaneously practical and fun to drive.

Honda and Mazda cars are commonly pitted against each other in reviews and tend to show similar quality in terms of drive performance, interior comfort, interior and exterior styling, tech and safety features, fuel economy, reliability, affordability, etc. The 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 are both high-rated compact crossover SUVs. If you’re in the market for a compact SUV in the near future and are interested in either of these top-rated models, keep reading to see how the most important features of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 and 2019 Honda CR-V models compare.

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Honda CR-V


Both the 2019 CR-V and CX-5 are known for their speedy acceleration, impressive power, and the overall smooth ride they provide for both drivers and passengers. In terms of drive performance, the base trim levels of these two models are well-matched.

Four-cylinder engines come standard in both the CR-V and the CX-5. The CX-5’s engine offers marginally more horsepower than the CX-5—the CX-5’s base-level engine produces 187 horsepower while the CR-V’s produces 184 horsepower. Both the CX-5 and the CR-V also feature automatic transmission—continuously variable in the CR-V and six-speed in the CX-5.

Both of these competing car models also offer available turbocharged engine upgrades with a more significant difference in power. The upgraded turbocharged engine in the CX-5 produces up to 250 horsepower, while that of the CR-V only produces up to 190 horsepower.

Interior Comfort and Convenience

The 2019 CR-V and CX-5 are very well-matched when it comes to interior comfort and convenience. Both of their cabins are very spacious and both models offer plenty of room in the backseat. Compared to Mazda’s CX-5, the 2019 Honda CR-V does offer slightly more room in the backseat and significantly more cargo space in the back.

Both models also give drivers the opportunity to upgrade interior comfort features to get leather upholstery, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, etc. as add-ons or standard features in upper trim levels.

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5

Interior and Exterior Style

The interior and exterior styles of both the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 do not disappoint.

Both of these models have attractive cabins that don’t skimp when it comes to interior material quality. Their exterior styles are also both directly in line with current design trends for compact crossover SUVs.

Tech Features

Both the 2019 Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V feature built-in touchscreen displays at the center console. A 7-inch touchscreen display equipped with Mazda Connect—Mazda’s exclusive high-tech infotainment system—comes as a standard feature in the base model of the CX-5. A 5-inch display screen is a standard feature in the 2019 CR-V, but a 7-inch touchscreen equipped with Honda’s infotainment system is an optional add-on that is available in upper trim levels.

These two cars both offer additional high-tech features as available but optional add-ons or upgrades. These optional tech features include a navigation system, additional speakers (on top of the 4 speakers that come standard in both models), additional USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and more.

Advanced Safety

The 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 are both top-rated in terms of safety.

However, the CX-5 offers more advanced, high-tech safety features that come standard in its base model. While the only standard advanced safety feature in the base model of the CR-V is a built-in rearview camera, a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring, low-speed automatic braking, and rear cross traffic alert all come standard in the base model of the CX-5.

Fuel Economy

The Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 are both known for their impressive fuel economy. The difference between the fuel efficiency of these two models is marginal at most.

When equipped with their respective base-level engines, the CX-5 offers 25 MPG on city streets and 31 MPG on the freeway while the CR-V offers 26 MPG on city streets and 32 MPG on the freeway.


The 2019 Mazda CX-5 will set you back less than a new 2019 Honda CR-V, but only by a very slim margin of about $100. The base trim level of a 2019 CX-5 starts at $24,350 and the base trim level of a 2019 CR-V at $24,450.

Even so, the CX-5 is not necessarily the clear-cut winner in the realm of affordability. Although the price of the CX-5’s base trim level is marginally lower than that of the CR-V, the CR-V’s base trim level comes with more standard features—including multiple standard advanced safety features—that may outweigh its slightly higher price tag.