Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5

Honda CRV

Comfortable, efficient, and supplying an effortlessly fun drive, it’s little wonder why the 2020 Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 remain two of most popular crossovers on the streets of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey. So, which SUV is the best choice for you?

To help answer this question, the team at Faulkner Honda created this Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison. Continue reading before taking a closer look for yourself! Ready to check out the Honda CR-V? Browse our Honda CR-V inventory easily online today.

Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Interior Design and Space

Perfect for growing families and solo adventurers alike, both SUVs feature a spacious and versatile cabin to contain your busy life. Capable of fitting up to five adults, each SUV is outfitted with soft-touch materials and premium add-ons, like available heated leather-trimmed seats.

In terms of loading up and hitting the road, the 2020 CR-V provides a cavernous cargo area with up to 75.8 cubic feet of space when the easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seatback is lowered. Possessing this amount of space means you can easily do things like bring your child’s new twin bed home from the store.

When riding with a full crew on board, the CR-V pays special attention to everyone’s overall comfort. With a generous roof line and flat second-row floor, it proves a flexible option for growing families:

Honda CR-V Cabin Space


Headroom (front/rear)

40.1 inches/39.2 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

41.3 inches/40.4 inches

Total Passenger Volume

105.9 cubic feet

On the other hand, the Mazda CX-5 delivers a nice but conspicuously limited 59.6 cubic feet behind the first row. The Mazda CX-5 also supplies slightly less head- and legroom than the CR-V that might affect taller passengers riding in the back seat.

Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Comfort and Convenience

Drivers choose SUVs for many reasons with comfort sitting high on the list. After all, what’s the point of traveling if you can’t fully enjoy the journey?

In order to guarantee everyone stays cozy, the 2020 Honda CR-V offers dual-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat heater ducts.

When the winter winds really start to blow, front-seat passengers have the additional benefit of available heated seats. The Touring trim even comes with a heated steering wheel just for a touch of luxury.

By comparison, the Mazda CX-5 also comes with its own dual-zone automatic climate control but lacks the additional air vents. Both SUVs also offer a power moonroof with tilt feature when warmer weather returns.

Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Performance and Efficiency

Whether tackling the morning commute into the city or taking off on a long-weekend road trip out of town, each SUV provides the confident drive and efficiency to take on the day.

The Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 are each equipped with a 4-cylinder engine that delivers strong acceleration and sharp maneuverability. Each model can be paired to its own all-wheel drive (AWD) system: Honda provides Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System® and Mazda has its i-Activ AWD® system.

Drivers who peek under the CR-V’s hood will enjoy seeing a 1.5T turbocharged engine that generates 190 horsepower. This out-revs the Mazda CX-5 and its bigger Skyactiv®-G 2.5L engine that tops out at 187 horsepower.

Another area where they differ is in how they manage this power. Whereas the CR-V uses a Continuously Variable Transmission with Sport Mode, the Mazda CX-5 relies on a Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission.

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Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: MPG Rating

Once you hit the streets, you’ll quickly see the Honda CR-V outranges the Mazda CX-5, earning an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG for 2WD across all trim levels.1 Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 gets an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG. The CR-V achieves these marks partly with help from its built-in Eco Assist™ System, something the Mazda CX-5 lacks.

Unlike the 2020 CR-V, the Mazda CX-5 also lacks a hybrid option. Honda drivers looking to really go the distance will appreciate earning an EPA-estimated 40 city/35 highway MPG with the 4-cylinder hybrid engine.2

Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Technology Features

Honda CRVCarefully designed to fulfill the needs of the modern family, the 2020 Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 go to great lengths to keep you fully connected to all your favorite music, navigation, and online services.

Want to quickly check the weather before heading down the shore? Perhaps you need suggestions on a great place to stop for breakfast along the way? Hoping to stream your favorite playlist for the journey? Thanks to the CR-V’s 7-inch touch-screen with HondaLink®, you can enjoy a long list of smart standard and available features, including:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® streaming audio
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition
  • HD Radio™ with SiriusXM® Radio

Likewise, the Mazda CX-5 offers a similar package of features, though in order to enjoy most of them you’ll have to upgrade to one of their higher trims. You might also find its MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System to be less intuitive and harder to navigate.

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Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Active Safety Tech

The 2020 CR-V comes with loads of intuitive safety systems to make your daily commutes easier and more entertaining. However, the most advanced technology you can get with this SUV is Honda Sensing®.

Honda Sensing® is a suite of cutting-edge driver-assist technologies that includes everything from a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Road Departure Mitigation System to special Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 offers its i-Activsense® safety suite that—like Honda Sensing®—comes standard across all trim levels. Here, you’ll find similar technologies that employ special sensors and cameras for a full range of coverage.

2020 Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Which Is Best for You?

There’s no denying the Mazda CX-5 puts up some impressive stats, but when it comes to overall performance, space, and standard tech, the Honda CR-V wins in each category.

If you’re a driver near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Hershey interested in taking a closer look at the CR-V, visit Faulkner Honda or go online to schedule a test drive today!


1 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

2 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.