Fun-loving compact crossover SUVs like the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V are where sporty performance meets interior elegance. Their five-passenger cabins are great for families and crews on the move. Which model is right for your lifestyle? Give our four-category comparison guide a quick read to find out.
2017 Mazda CX-5 vs Honda CR-V
For an easygoing ride and excellent seating comfort, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is your crossover. The cabin is a cut above the competition with its high-quality materials. Plush, supportive padding gets you through your day in a dreamy state of comfort.
After a redesign for the 2017 model year, the Honda CR-V's ride feels smoother than ever. The cabin isn't quite as upscale as what you'll see in the CX-5, but Honda does a good job of keeping passengers comfy, even after hours on the road.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the clear winner in this category, with a 7-inch touchscreen that serves up infotainment apps in a quick, carefree manner. You'll never find yourself jabbing impatiently at menu buttons. Other CX-5 tech features offer convenience. Keyless entry and ignition, for example, are a boon for drivers whose key ring tends to hide at the bottom of a briefcase or bag.
When you upgrade your infotainment system, the CR-V comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which add to the usual smartphone integration features by displaying apps directly on your central screen. Unfortunately, the Honda CR-V touchscreen can be finicky, requiring repeated instructions from you.
Power & Performance
The CR-V is quick on its feet. It even balances turbocharged power with thrifty fuel economy, giving you the best of both worlds. Depending on which powertrain you select, the Honda CR-V earns up to 28 city/34 highway mpg. In spite of its moneysaving performance, the CR-V never skimps on speed, giving you the ability to merge into heavy traffic with peace of mind.
The CX-5 earns 24/31 mpg, which isn't bad at all. You'll still save plenty of money at the pump. If you live in a wet climate, you can all-wheel drive to your CX-5 for maximum traction in inclement weather.
As you cruise up the coast, let the 2017 Mazda CX-5 safety measures do the worrying for you. High-tech driver aids, like forward collision warning, do an excellent job of alerting you to nearby dangers. The CX-5 also impresses with its crash-test scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CX-5 its top score of "Good" in every single crash test.
Most Honda CR-V models come standard with an array of driver aids, including lane departure intervention. This technology can sense when you've accidentally strayed from the proper lane, and it actively guides you back where you belong. However, Honda's driver aids have developed a reputation for being a little overactive, and they might warn you of danger that, well, isn't exactly dangerous.
Learn More about the Mazda CX-5
The Honda CR-V supplies a sporty ride, but the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the all-around winner. It's our pick for interior comfort - its rich cushioning and reclining seatbacks are the perfect complement to your daily ride. The CX-5 is also tech-savvy, keeping smartphone addicts connected without sacrificing safety. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the powerful dark horse of the compact crossover SUV market--and the rightful winner in this head-to-head match.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.