Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V

Mazda CX-5: Competing vs. Honda CR-V

Honda and Mazda are both major reputable automaker brands that mass-produce and distribute top-selling vehicles worldwide. The vehicles that these two automobile manufacturer giants produce often end up head-to-head, competing for a top spot on the mainstream auto market within their vehicle class.

The Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V are in fierce competition to be the best of the best in their class. The CX-5 and the CR-V are both high-performing, safe, reliable compact SUVs that have both received glowing reviews in the press since the release of their newest models.

If you’re in the market for a new compact SUV, both the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V are probably two of the top choices on your list. You’ve got to make a decision sometime, though, and this guide outlines how the CX-5 and the CR-V measure up to each other in various important categories to help you decide which is the best compact SUV for you.

Drive Performance

Both the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 are high-performing compact SUVs. Neither of these compact SUVs disappoints in terms of drive performance. In fact, they both exceed expectations in this area.

However, the Mazda CX-5 offers a slightly smoother ride and allows more precise control of steering and braking than does the CR-V. Both of these SUVs are fun and easy to drive and feature front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as optional.


The CR-V and the CX-5 both feature comfortable, roomy interiors that offer plenty of cargo space and passenger leg and headroom.

In terms of interior design, the interior of the Mazda CX-5 feels slightly more luxurious than that of the Honda CR-V. Chintzy hard plastic is scarce in the interiors of both of
these compact SUVs. Instead, the interiors of the CX-5 and CR-V feature high-end materials that are durable, soft to the touch, and give these SUVs the look and feel of luxury.


The Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V both meet modern standards when it comes to high-tech features. However, the base-level trim of the CX-5 does come equipped with slightly more, better high-tech features than the base trim level of the CR-V.

Designed with an infotainment system that features a built-in 7-inch touchscreen display, smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, a menu of voice command features, a navigation system, and countless options for in-car entertainment on the road, the CX-5 has drivers and passengers covered in terms of infotainment and tech. Many of these same or similar high-tech and infotainment features are available in the CR-V, but they cost extra whereas they come as standard in the CX-5.


Technically, the Mazda CX-5 is the winner in the realm of affordability—but the difference in price between the CX-5 and Honda’s CR-V is marginal at best.

The starting price for a 2019 Honda CR-V is $24,450, and the starting price for a 2019 Mazda CX-5 is $100 lower at $24,350. In terms of affordability, the CR-V and CX-5 are pretty evenly matched. That being said, the base-level trim of the CX-5 comes with more features than the base trim of the CR-V. Features that come standard in the base-level trim of the CX-5 include active safety features such as blind spot monitoring, automatic braking, and more