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Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5

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 option.

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2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Mazda CX-5

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,170 - $36,765

Used Asking Price:

$26,333 - $36,700

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

36.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,226 - $38,742

Used Asking Price:

$23,999 - $34,276

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.3 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.3 / 10

Reliability:

7.2 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

9.9 / 10

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29 / 61

Summary Review

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover with mass appeal. It has been one of the best-selling SUVs since its introduction as a 1997 model. The current CR-V benefitted from a redesign for the 2017 model year, with new models costing an average of $31,288 and 3-year-old models averaging $25,089.

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Summary Review

The Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover with seating for five and a reputation as a favorite for drivers. The current Mazda CX-5 was redesigned for the 2017 model year, with new models costing an average of $32,211 and recent models averaging $23,771.

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Pros and Cons

  • Hybrid version available
  • Assertive exterior design
  • Highly functional and comfortable interior

  • Priced higher than some competitors
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is not to every driver’s taste
  • Blind-spot monitoring unavailable in base models

Pros and Cons

  • Dynamic driving experience
  • Near-luxury interior design and materials
  • Available 250-hp turbo engine on newer models

  • No hybrid available
  • Fuel economy lags class leaders
  • Non-turbo models could use more power

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

EX-L, EX

Trim Levels

2.5 Turbo Signature, 2.5 S, 2.5 S Preferred, 2.5 Turbo, 2.5 S Premium Plus, 2.5 S Premium, 2.5 S Carbon Edition, 2.5 S Select

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.85 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

190 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

179 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.054 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

186 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 34 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 476 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 30 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

367 / 459 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Cargo Space:

39.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

76.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

142.8 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.8 inches

Cargo Space:

30.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

59.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

134.4 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3497 lbs

Width:

73.5 inches

Height:

66.2 inches

Length:

184.8 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3717 lbs

Width:

83.3 inches

Height:

66.1 inches

Length:

180.1 inches

Wheelbase:

106.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.6 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P225/65R17