The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is the best-selling vehicle in Mazda’s stable, outselling nearly all its other models combined. One reason this compact SUV is so popular at dealerships like the Mazda dealership near Phoenix is the CX-5’s incredible driving dynamics. This is a vehicle that car enthusiasts will be glad to drive. The CX-5 also comes with an affordable price tag, while managing to look and feel like a luxury model.
The 2019 Honda CR-V is a popular compact SUV that Phoenix Mazda shoppers compare with the 2019 Mazda CX-5. We’ll look at both models and see which one is the better buy.
Both crossovers have a starting manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $24,350. But this doesn’t tell the whole story. The Mazda CX-5 is less expensive in the long run. According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 costs less to operate than the CR-V because it’s more expensive to repair the CR-V. One example cited is a starter, which costs $217 less for the CX-5 than the CR-V. The book also states that insurance costs more for the CR-V, with a rating of 10, compared to the CX-5’s rating of 1.
The Mazda CX-5 has more powerful engines than the Honda CR-V. The CX-5 has a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant that develops 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of twist, teamed to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The CR-V is equipped with a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 184 hp and 180 lb-ft, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The CX-5 and the CR-V can both upgrade to a turbo-four engine, and the CX-5 wins here, too. The CX-5 has a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 hp and 310 lb-ft when running on premium gas (227 hp with regular gas). This engine is joined to a six-speed automatic. The CR-V’s turbocharged 1.5-liter four-banger only puts out 190 hp and 179 lb-ft and is also paired to the CVT.
Taking a look at the transmissions, CVTs have come a long way in recent years, but most automotive enthusiasts would rather change gears with an automatic transmission than a CVT.
You can get all-wheel drive on both vehicles, but the 2019 Mazda CX-5 offers standard all-wheel drive in its two upper trims. The 2019 Honda CR-V doesn’t offer standard all-wheel drive.
The CX-5 has a higher towing capacity than the CR-V. the CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds, while the best the CR-V can do is 1,500 pounds.
The CX-5 and the CR-V both feature color displays, but the CX-5 standard screen is 7 inches. The standard display on the CR-V is only 5 inches. Mazda CX-5 drivers get a number of standard features only offered as expensive options on the CR-V, including push-button and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
According to Consumer Reports, Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Honda’s. Mazda was ranked third in reliability, while Honda came in at 15th place.
The 2019 Honda CR-V certainly is popular, but it’s simply outclassed by the 2019 Mazda CX-5, which wins this head-to-head competition.