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2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

Drive side exterior view of a red 2018 Honda CR-V on the left "vs" driver side exterior view of a white 2018 Mazda CX-5 on the right

When trying to find a crossover SUV that sips the gas and gives you plenty of power under the hood, look no further than the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-5. These two crossovers offer efficient standard 4-Cylinder engines that also deliver ample horsepower and torque. Not only do the 2018 CR-V and the 2018 CX-5 provide exciting drivetrain specs they also offer sleek and sporty exterior appeal. It is easy to understand how deciding between these two SUVs can be difficult and that is why we bring you this breakdown of their similarities and differences right here.

2018 Honda CR-V


2018 Mazda CX-5

2.4L In-Line 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.5L 4-Cylinder
184 HP/ 180 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 187 HP/ 186 LB-FT
Continuously Variable w/ Sport Mode Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
26 MPG City/ 32 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 25 MPG City/ 31 MPG HWY
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery package/condition, and other factors.

Differences & Similarities

The graph above depicts the standard drivetrain specs of the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-5, and as you can see the 2018 CR-V delivers better fuel efficiency while the 2018 CX-5 provides slightly better horsepower and torque. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 only offers its standard drivetrain but the 2018 Honda CR-V makes a 1.5L Single-Scroll Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder engine available. This 1.5L Turbo engine cranks out 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque while still averaging EPA fuel efficiency estimates of 28 MPG* in the city and 34 MPG* on the highway. Both the 2018 CR-V and the 2018 CX-5 offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD) across all trim levels and when ech model works with AWD the 2018 Honda CR-V increases its fuel economy advantage over the 2018 Mazda CX-5 even further.

The Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 have seating for five people, but the 2018 CR-V provides passengers with more first and second-row headroom, legroom, and shoulder room than the 2018 CX-5 does. The 2018 Honda CR-V also provides 39.2 cubic feet of standard cargo room and 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 only offers 30.9 & 59.6 cubic feet respectively. With more efficient drivetrain options and more interior passenger and cargo space, the 2018 Honda CR-V is the easy choice over the 2018 Mazda CX-5. Take the 2018 Honda CR-V for a test drive today at Davenport Honda in Rocky Mount, NC today.