Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2017 Mazda CX-5 Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2017 Mazda CX-5

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 72 percent more Honda dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 27th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (190 vs. 187) than the CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V 1.5 Turbo is faster than the Mazda CX-5:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.6 sec

14.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the CX-5:







4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

24 city/31 hwy



Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy




4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

23 city/29 hwy



Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/33 hwy



The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the CX-5:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the CX-5 (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-5 (8.2 vs. 7.6 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CX-5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The CX-5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-5 (105.9 vs. 103.8).

The CR-V has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the CX-5 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 30.9 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CX-5 with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CX-5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The CX-5 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CX-5’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the CX-5 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Both the CR-V and the CX-5 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because it costs $288 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the CR-V than the CX-5, including $18 less for a water pump, $65 less for an alternator, $23 less for front brake pads and $187 less for fuel injection.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its August 2017 issue and the Honda CR-V Touring AWD won out over the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The CX-5 isn’t in the top three.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Mazda CX-5 by over three to one during the 2017 model year.

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