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2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs. 2020 Honda CR-V

2021 MAZDA CX-5


2020 Honda CR-V
187-hp SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

190-hp 1.5L inline-4
25 mpg city/31 mpg highway*

Fuel Efficiency

28 mpg city/34 mpg highway
2,000 pounds

Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring

Not Available on Base Trim

Starting Price



The 2021 Mazda CX-5 and 2020 Honda CR-V are both spacious, well-appointed, and practical compact SUVs, but which one will provide you the features you need to make the most of your life in or around Fort Worth or Dallas? While we can’t tell you that for sure, we can help you compare these two champions of the compact crossover SUV segment to help you make a decision! Read on below to find out if the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5 is better-suited to you. Remember, you can always reach out if you have any questions!

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V: Performance

Wondering how the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 stack up when you pit them toe-to-toe, or tire-to-tire, so to speak? Compare their performance, capability, and efficiency specifications below to ensure you make the right SUV buying or leasing choice:

  • Engine Specs: Choose the Mazda CX-5 and you’ll have access to a 187-hp SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine rated at 186 lb-ft of torque. The Honda CR-V is equipped with a 190-hp 1.5L inline-4 rated at 179 lb-ft of torque.
  • Fuel Economy: The CR-V achieves up to an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway, and the CX-5 achieves up to an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway*.
  • Towing Capacity: The Mazda CX-5 boasts a maximum towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds, while the Honda CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V: Safety Features

Honda Sensing equips the Honda CR-V with intelligent driver assistance features like collision warning and lane departure warning, but it’s not standard on the 2020 Honda CR-V LX. Despite a similar entry MSRP, the base Mazda CX-5 offers the following driver assistance features, standard, giving it an edge over the Honda:

  • Smart City Brake Support – Warns you when you’re approaching a vehicle too quickly on Hurst streets at speeds from 2 to 18 mph.
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring – Alerts you when a car enters your blind spot so you don’t attempt to change lanes and cause an accident.
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert – Notifies you when other vehicles drive towards you from the side as you’re backing up, such as when coming out of a parking space.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V: Reviews

Both the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V have been widely praised by reviewers. Edmunds, a popular reviewing publication, touts the lively driving feel, saying its “keen handling and steering make the CX-5 enjoyable to drive”.

To be fair, Edmunds said it liked the “capable acceleration, composed handling, and confident highway manners.” of the Honda CR-V, but also said it’s best to “skip the base LX model” due to its lack of features. By comparison, it would seem, the Mazda CX-5 offers more. But we invite you not to take our word for that. Instead, explore the new Mazda CX-5 further at Hiley Mazda of Hurst- Dallas/Fort Worth!

Find Your Next MAZDA CX-5 in Hurst at Hiley Mazda of Hurst- Dallas/Fort Worth

From its sporty handling and styling to its premium interior amenities and its superior towing capacity, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 has a whole lot to offer drivers from Hurst to Euless, you included. Want to learn more about if the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5 better meets your needs? Give us a call today or visit our new & used Mazda dealership in Hurst when safe and convenient. Then, apply for financing online when you’d like to take home a new Mazda. When you want to learn more about the Mazda CX-5, read about its towing capacity with our team or compare the Mazda CX-30 vs. Mazda CX-5, check out the Mazda CX-3 gas mileage, and more.

*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

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