2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Honda CR-V

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V are competitive compact SUVs that have a lot to offer. The Honda CR-V offers plenty of cargo and passenger space with all trims providing an optional all-wheel drive, while the Mazda CX-5 is more luxurious with three of six trim level options that provide the all-wheel drive option.

Both compact SUVs offer great features that help them remain competitive on the market, but only one of them can be better. Let’s compare the 2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V and decide which is the best for you.

2019 Mazda CX-5


Year Make Model


MSRP $24,450

187-hp, SKYACTIV®-G2 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with Cylinder Deactivation / 250-hp[TR1] , SKYACTIV®2-G 2.5T 4-cylinder engine with Dynamic Pressure Turbo

Engine Options 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC® 4-Cyl. Engine / 1.5-Liter VTEC® Turbo 4-Cyl. Engine
31 HWY (187) / 37 HWY (250) MPG (Horsepower) 32 HWY (184) / 34 HWY (190)
5 Trim Level Options 4


Safety and Entertainment Features

Both the 2019 Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V are esteemed compact SUVs, as they have both received recognition for their features and high-quality technology. The Mazda comes with a 7-inch full-color display that is controlled by the multifunction Commander control on the center console, while the Honda has a 7-inch touchscreen display. Unlike the CR-V, the CX-5 has an active driving display that projects vital information like vehicle speed, navigation guidance and more onto the windshield in order to keep the driver focused on their view of the road.

Both the 2019 Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 earned a Top Safety Pick designation, but the CX-5 outperformed the Honda with a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 has standard forward-collision warning with front automated emergency braking and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist. Touring models and higher trim level options have cruise control with stop-and-go, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning with lane keep assist and rear parking sensors. The 2019 Honda CR-V also offers a variety of safety technology, including forward collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist, lane-departure warning with lane keeping assist and automatic high beams.

In terms of entertainment, both the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V have available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Unlike the CR-V, the CX-5 has an available Bose 10-speaker audio sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2. The Mazda boasts a stylish exterior with a luxurious, comfortable and spacious interior; however, the Honda CR-V offers more cargo space with a less impressive interior design.