2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Honda CR-V

Mazda cars and SUVs used to be a niche product, but that's beginning to change. Spearheaded by strong sales for the Mazda CX-5 crossover, the company's now on many Fairview and Milcreek SUV shoppers' radar, going head-to-head with sales heavyweights like the Honda CR-V. While the Honda model's sales routinely dwarf those of their rival, can the same be said for quality? Auto Express Mazda is taking a closer look at how these compact crossovers compare.

Model

Mazda CX-5

Honda HR-V

Engine

187 - 250 HP

2.4L Four-Cylinder

Drivelines

FWD standard,  AWD optional

Honda G0Shift Control Logic CVT

Transmission

Six-speed manual or automatic

Real Time AWD Available

2019 Mazda CX-5

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 offers two engines, a capable 187 horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 250 horsepower turbocharged power plant. Unlike the Honda CR-V, driving enthusiasts can opt for a manual transmission; also unlike the Honda SUV, the other transmission choice is a six-speed automatic, not a CVT, so the shifting feels smooth and natural. And as with other new Mazda vehicles, everything about the Mazda CX-5 prioritizes the feel of the drive, reinforced by creature comforts that truly stand out in their class.

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Honda CR-V

The 2019 Honda CR-V puts up a fair fight. Its base trim offers a few more horsepower than the Mazda CX-5, and also offers more cargo space once all the seats are down. Safety features are on par with the Mazda crossover. But there are some factors that make a significant difference between both SUVs. However, the edge in horsepower doesn't translate to a big difference in real-world acceleration. The safety features aren't available on the base Honda CR-V LX, and the Mazda CX-5 also gets a slightly higher score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Honda CR-V

So which crossover earns your hard-earned cash? We suggest test driving both. That's partly because some features, like both vehicles' infotainment systems, come down to personal preference (we find both pretty user-friendly). It's also because each driver's needs and priorities differ; many drivers love that the Mazda CX-5 drives as sharp as it looks, while others may find that a need for cargo space dictates a move to the Honda CR-V. The only way to find out is to visit 4021 Peach Street and ask your Erie Mazda dealer for a test drive.

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