2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

January 11th, 2020 by

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

The compact crossover SUV segment is a crowded one, with several impressive options. However, two of the top options continue to be the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V, which year after year offer reliable performance, incredible fuel economy, and amazing standard and available features. But for 2018, which crossover SUV earns the top spot? By a landslide, it’s the 2018 Mazda CX-5.


For starters, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is more affordable than the 2018 Honda CR-V. Sure, the starting price for the Mazda CX-5 is just $100 under the CR-V, but every dollar saved helps. Plus, the base model CX-5 comes standard with more features than the base model CR-V, even at this lower price.

New CX-5 Inventory

Base Engines

Speaking of base models, the 2018 Mazda CX-5’s standard engine offers more horsepower and torque than the standard engine for the 2018 Honda CR-V. The Mazda CX-5’s 2.5-liter I-4 engine cranks out 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque; the Honda CR-V’s 2.4-liter engine only manages 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

Used Inventory


While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have awarded both the 2018 CX-5 and the 2018 CR-V with top honors, the Mazda CX-5 is still the standout in terms of safety. Why? Because two advanced active safety features that are typically optional on SUVs are now standard on the Mazda model. Those two features are low-speed automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning.

Apply For Financing

Steering and Handling

Mazda models are designed to be fun to drive. Critics repeatedly praise the 2018 Mazda CX-5 for its superior steering and handling when compared to the 2018 Honda CR-V.

Calculate Your Trade

Interior Design

Mazda’s CX-5 interior is far more attractive than that of the Honda CR-V. For 2019, the CX-5 interior boasts intuitive controls, a clean center console, and a sleek dashboard.

Calculate Your Payments

Exterior Design

But it’s the 2018 Mazda CX-5’s exterior that truly shines. The new CX-5 embodies Mazda’s KODO Soul of Motion design philosophy in that its lines and curves convey a sense of motion, even when it’s stopped at a red light. The Mazda CX-5 looks like a predator, ready to pounce at a moment’s notice — perhaps onto the meeker Honda CR-V. Exterior color options for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 include Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Metallic, Jet Black Mica, Machine Gray Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Metallic, and Eternal Blue Mica.

Current Incentives

Stop by Bert Ogden Mission Mazda to test-drive the 2018 CX-5 for yourself.

Posted in Uncategorized