2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

January 11th, 2020 by

Compact SUVs are well liked for their efficient engines, spacious interiors, advanced tech, and reliability. Both the 2019 Mazda CX-5 and the 2019 Honda CR-V typically top the lists of buyers, but which is the superior vehicle? While they both have the same starting MSRP and bring much to the table, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is the clear winner. Here’s why:


Mazda makes all-around better performance vehicles than Honda. The compact SUV segment is a perfect example of that. The standard engine in the 2019 CX-5 is a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder with Cylinder Deactivation, paired to a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and Sport Mode. This potent combo makes 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 CR-V instead takes its power from a 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder, which works with a Continuously Variable Transmission with Sport Mode to generate 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

You can get a little more oomph from the CR-V with its available 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which serves up 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. But it is no match for the CX-5’s available SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter Dynamic Pressure Turbo four-cylinder with VVT, which cranks out either 227 or 250 horsepower (depending on fuel type) and 310 lb-ft of torque.


Mazda is also widely known for its superior styling. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 invokes Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy so that it appears as if always in motion, even at a standstill. The CX-5 features bold lines, beautiful 19-inch wheels with Dark Silver finish, and elegant exterior colors like Soul Red Crystal Metallic. The 2019 Honda CR-V’s design is dated and, to be blunt, uninspired.


The 2019 Mazda CX-5 earned the Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2019 Honda CR-V did not perform quite as strongly in safety testing, only earning the Top Safety Pick distinction.

Stop by Bert Ogden Mission Mazda to test-drive the 2019 CX-5 for yourself.

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