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2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs. 2021 Honda CR-V
2021 MAZDA CX-5


2022 Honda CR-V
2.5L 4-cylinder


1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged
6-speed automatic


Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
187 hp, 186 lb-ft

HP & Torque

190 hp, 175 lb-ft
25 city / 31 highway

Fuel Economy

28 city / 34 highway*
2,000 pounds

Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring

Not Available on Base Trim

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2022 Honda CR-V

Looking for a new compact SUV in the Oshkosh area? The 2022 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are both great choices, with powerful engines and roomy, stylish interiors. However, on a close comparison of the most important factors, you’ll find that the Mazda CX-5 pulls ahead with a whole lot to love. Check out Holiday Mazda’s full comparison of the Mazda CX-5 vs CR-V below, then head to our online inventory to see what we have available!

Honda CR-V vs MAZDA CX-5: Performance

How would these SUVs handle on the Appleton roads, and what do they cost? With the 2022 Honda CR-V, you’ll be getting a starting price of $26,975*. There are seven trim levels, including hybrid and all-wheel drive options. Its base model – the CR-V LX – comes standard with front-wheel drive. Check out the full specs below:

  • 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • 1-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • 190 hp, 175 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg city / 34 mpg highway**
  • Towing capacity: 1,500 lbs

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 has an MSRP starting at $26,545 for its base-level trim, with five trim options to choose from. The base model comes with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for all trim levels. When comparing the Mazda CX-5 vs. CR-V, the Mazda nearly matches the CR-V in terms of horsepower and pulls ahead when it comes to towing capacity, acceleration, and torque. Here are the full performance specs for the Mazda CX-5:

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 187 hp, 186 lb-ft of torque
  • 25 mpg city / 31 mpg highway
  • Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs

Honda CR-V vs MAZDA CX-5: Interior & Safety

When it comes to a spacious, comfortable interior, you can’t go wrong with either the CR-V or CX-5. They both offer a similar amount of passenger and cargo volume, encased in a contemporary design with stylish upholstery and accents. However, in terms of user-friendly technology and standard safety features, the Mazda takes the lead.

With the CX-5, no matter the trim level, you’ll be getting a 10.3-inch infotainment screen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can integrate your smartphone of choice for music, navigation, and more. You’ll also be getting the following standard safety features on all trim levels:

  • Smart City Brake Support – operates between 2 and 18 mph, and warns you when you’re approaching a vehicle too quickly on Beaver Dam roads. 
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring – alerts you when a vehicle enters your blind zone. 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert – notifies you of vehicles approaching from the side as you’re backing out of a parking space. 

The Honda CR-V comes standard with a 5.0-inch radio screen, though even at higher trim levels, you’ll only be getting a 7.0-inch infotainment screen. You can add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability with higher-level models, but like the larger screen, these functions don’t come with the base model. The CR-V comes with the Honda Sensing safety suite, but you’ll have to upgrade to a higher level for things like blind spot monitoring.

Shop for Your Next SUV With Holiday MAZDA!

Ultimately, although the 2022 Honda CR-V has plenty to recommend it, the Mazda CX-5 pulls ahead with a more powerful engine, better acceleration, and more standard technology, all coming at a lower price tag. If you’d like to check one out for yourself, contact us anytime or stop by our dealership for a test drive around Beaver Dam! And we offer new vehicle specials updated all the time if you’re looking for ways to save on your new Mazda.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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