2018 Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 Hughes Honda

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda CR-V


  CVS(Continuously Variable Speed) Transmission

Cargo Space

  39.2 cu.ft.

2018 Mazda CX5

2018 Mazda CX5


  6-Speed Shiftable Transmission

Cargo Space

  30.9 cu.ft.

2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Mazda CX5

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The best small crossover SUVs offer big benefits, including versatility, easy handling and plenty of amenities. Two segment leaders are the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-5. Both offer exemplary performance, advanced safety features and good fuel economy. But upon closer inspection, you’ll find that when you review the comparable trim levels, the CR-V is a better value.


The engine on the CR-V is a 1.5-liter turbo-4 with 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. It mates to a segment-leading CVT with Sport mode. The CX-5 comes with a 2.5-liter I-4 that outputs 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque into a six-speed automatic and delivers 24/30 mpg in the AWD version.


The CR-V is longer (180.6 vs 179.1 inches), wider (73.0 vs 72.5 inches), taller (66.5 vs 66.1 inches) and lighter (3,512 vs 3,693 pounds). The interior of the CR-V boasts more leg room in the front (41.3 vs 41.0 inches) and rear (40.4 vs 39.6 inches), and more shoulder room (front: 57.9 vs 57.1 inches; rear: 55.6 vs 54.8 inches). The Honda also gives you more cargo volume (39.2 vs 30.9 cubic feet), and more maximum cargo volume (75.8 vs 59.6 cubic feet).


When you compare the Honda CR-V EX with the comparable Mazda CX-5 Sport, you find several features that are standard on the Honda but unavailable on the Mazda. These include dual-zone automatic climate control, illuminated vanity mirror, power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, front heated seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear bench with adjustable headrests and fold-down center armrest, satellite radio, stereo anti-theft, a power moonroof, heated exterior mirrors, privacy glass and fog lights. The CR-V EX and higher trims come with the Honda Sensing Suite of active safety technologies, but the comparable Mazda ActiveSense Suite is not available on the CX-5 Sport – you must buy the more expensive Touring version.

We invite you to visit our Honda showroom for a test-drive of the 2018 CR-V. Find out why CR-V perennially outsells the competition, and why our dealership’s excellent customer service builds lifelong loyalty. Stop in today!