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2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Honda CR-V Comparison

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

187-hp SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

190-hp 1.5L inline-4
25 mpg city/31 mpg highway

Fuel Efficiency

28 mpg city/34 mpg highway
2,000 pounds

Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring

Not Available on Base Trim

Starting Price


If you’re trying to find the best SUV for the St. Augustine roads, you’ve probably narrowed your search to the 2021 Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5. But between the two, which is the better buy? Both share similarities: front-wheel drive, cozy cabins, and great cargo space. But, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 offers some advantages that you may have missed. Take a look at the key differences between the Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V with Hodges Mazda.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V: Performance

So, how do these SUVs feel on the Orange Park roads? The Honda CR-V just barely takes the lead with 3 extra horsepower, but the Mazda CX-5 has the edge when it comes to torque and towing capacity.

  • Engine: The Mazda CX-5 includes a standard 187-hp SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, while the Honda CR-V is equipped with a 190-hp 1.5L inline-4.
  • Torque: The Honda CR-V offers 179 lb-ft of torque, while the Mazda CX-5 offers 186 lb-ft of torque.
  • Fuel Economy: The CR-V generates 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway, and the CX-5 generates 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway*.
  • Towing Capacity: The CX-5 has a total towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, while the CR-V falls short at just 1,500 pounds.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V: Safety

It’s hard to beat Mazda when it comes to safety technology, and the Honda CR-V can’t quite keep up. Honda added Honda Sensing to its entry-level offering this year, but it still lacks the comprehensive driver-assist features that the CX-5 includes standard. Not only does the Mazda CX-5 offer the following standard safety features, but it even offers a competitive price point!

  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Step inside the Mazda CX-5 when you visit Hodges Mazda to see all of the available safety features.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V: Reviews

What do the experts have to say about the Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V? Both models were reviewed favorably. The Honda CR-V was described as capable and composed, though experts warned to “skip the base LX model” which is lacking in features. The Mazda CX-5 Edmunds review received more enthusiasm, citing a lively driving feel with keen handling across all of the trims. Add in the wealth of standard features, and it’s hard to beat the CX-5.

Find Out More with Hodges Mazda

So, will it be the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5? We think that the Mazda CX-5 is simply the better buy between its performance, safety features, and expert reviews. If you’re ready for your test drive, feel free to contact us or stop by our showroom in Jacksonville. We’re just a short drive from Lakeside, so feel free to reach out with any questions!

**MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees and $1,175 destination charge (Alaska $1,220). 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature shown with options, $38,000 MSRP. Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.
*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.


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