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2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V

There are a lot of crossover options out there with more arriving every year. For many, the Honda CR-V sort of defines the segment, but that is no longer an accurate statement. You can use our in-depth 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V comparison to learn why for yourself. First, you should look at these two models side by side and ask yourself which you’d rather be driving. For us at least, the answer is clear. The Mazda CX-5 with its stunning and refined appearance simply outshines any style that the Honda CR-V has.

If you would like to see a Mazda CX-5 inventory here in Edinburg, then click the link that we have below. Otherwise, keep reading and see how these two models stack up when you ignore style.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Honda CR-V

$24,150 Base MSRP $24,250
2,000 Pounds Max Towing Capability 1,500 Pounds
6-Speed Automatic Transmission CVT
Available All-Wheel Drive Available

Is the Mazda CX-5 better than the CR-V?

Looking at the chart above, you may come away feeling that these two models are pretty comparable. We’ll tell you why that’s not actually the case, and the argument starts with price. The Mazda CX-5 does start at a slightly lower price point, but as you go up in trim level, that price gap widens immensely.

In fact, the top AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring trim, complete with all sorts of luxury features, comes in at $30,945, but the top AWD CR-V Touring trim is far more expensive with an MSRP of $34,150. Most people do not buy the base model trims, and if you’re considering higher trim levels, then the Mazda CX-5 will save you money and still give you comparable features.

When it comes to usability, the Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds, which is 500 pounds more than the Honda CR-V can promise. What’s more, the Mazda CX-5 provides those same towing numbers at every trim level. It owes part of its towing performance to the inclusion of a standard 6-speed automatic transmission which is much more robust than the continuously variable transmission or CVT of the CR-V.

You’ve already heard us talk about all-wheel drive for both of these models, and it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that they both have this desirable feature available. The Mazda CX-5 has AWD available at every trim level. This way you can pick your features first, and then decide if you want to add AWD on top of it.