2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V

Driver side exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda CX-5 on left "vs" Driver side exterior view of a gray 2018 Honda CR-V on right

Finding the right fit SUV for you has been a difficult task, nothing you have seen so far has the style, space and safety features that you’ve been searching for. Not all SUVs are created equally, some offer the space you need but has the style similar to a shoebox on wheels, or when it is stylish and sporty looking it can barely fit a shoebox on the inside. Thankfully for you, there is the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Honda CR-V to come in and save the day. These two stylish SUV’s supply you with the space, safety, and everything else you have been wishing for in your new SUV. Take a closer look at all the differences and similarities between the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Honda CR-V and find the perfect fit SUV for your daily needs.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Honda CR-V

2.5L SKYACTIC®-G 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.4L In-Line 4-Cylinder
187 Horsepower 184
186 LB-FT Torque 180 LB-FT
24 MPG City/ 30 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 25 City/ 31 HWY
*EPA Estimates of standard drivetrain with All-Wheel Drive

Differences & Similarities

Not only does the 2018 Mazda CX-5 outperform the 2018 Honda CR-V in terms of power, the 2018 CX-5 can also tow up to 2,000 pounds while the 2018 Honda CR-V can only tow 1,500 pounds. The 2018 Honda CR-V does get slightly better fuel efficiency than the Mazda CX-5, but the added power and towing ability of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 more than makes up for it. Both the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Honda CR-V have seating for five passengers and offer about the same interior passenger space, but the 2018 Mazda CX-5 offers more interior flexibility with its standard 40/20/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat, the Honda CR-V’s only folds a 60/40 split. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 also provides its owners with more standard interior amenities than the 2018 Honda CR-V offers, things like a 7” Color Touchscreen comes standard on all trim levels of the 2018 CX-5, while a 7” touchscreen is only available as an upgrade on the 2018 CR-V. Other standard features of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 include, Push- Button Start, a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Selector, and 2 USB Ports, all features only available as an upgrade on the 2018 Honda CR-V. With a more powerful engine, more towing capability and more standard features, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is the clear choice over the 2018 Honda CR-V. Come take the Mazda CX-5 on a test drive today at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN.