When comparing the Honda CR-V's and the Mazda CX-5's specifications and ratings, the Honda CR-V has the advantage in the areas of reliability, resale value, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. Based on this comparison of the Honda CR-V's and the Mazda CX-5's specifications and ratings, the Honda CR-V is a better car than the Mazda CX-5.
Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 Pricing
A used 2024 Honda CR-V ranges from $32,571 to $38,284 while a used 2024 Mazda CX-5 is priced between $30,720 to $43,252. For a new model, the Honda CR-V's price is between $31,452 and $37,940, with the Mazda CX-5 priced between $30,838 and $42,619.
Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Honda CR-V loses 36.5 percent of its value and the Mazda CX-5 loses 39.8 percent of its value. This means the Honda CR-V retains 3.3 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Mazda CX-5.
Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda CR-V is 9.1 out of 10 while the Mazda CX-5's quality rating is 8.1 out of 10. This results in the Honda CR-V being ranked 1 out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs and the Mazda CX-5 being ranked 27 out of 66. Out of 19 Best Small SUVs, the Honda CR-V is ranked 1 and the Mazda CX-5 is ranked 12. The Honda CR-V is also ranked 3 out of 55 Best 5-seater SUVs while the Mazda CX-5 is ranked 25 out of 55.
Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Honda CR-V is 9.0 out of 10. For the Mazda CX-5 the reliability rating is 7.2 out of 10. This gives the Honda CR-V an advantage in reliability compared to the Mazda CX-5.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Honda CR-V’s base engine makes 190 horsepower, and the Mazda CX-5 base engine makes 187 horsepower.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the Honda CR-V has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the area of rear head room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.
In a category once derided as “cute-utes,” both the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V have evolved
into crossover vehicles for grown-ups. The CX-5’s bold styling, both inside and out, is more eye-
catching and distinctive. The CR-V, while attractive, is a little generic. Similarly, the CX-5 is more
fun to drive, riding on the same platform as the highly regarded Mazda3. The CR-V has a stellar
reputation for reliability, functional interior space, and strong resale value, while the CX-5 is
considered reliable, but resale values are not as strong. Both models come standard with front-
wheel drive while offering all-wheel drive as an option, but only the CR-V also has a hybrid