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

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


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


The Honda CR-V and 2021 MAZDA CX-5 are popular compact SUVs that offer spirited performance, a roomy interior, and a wide array of features to keep you comfortable, connected, and safe on Normal-area roads. So, which is the better choice for you? Find out in this MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V comparison from Sam Leman Mazda.



Taking a look at the MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V in terms of performance reveals that while the CR-V delivers more horsepower, the CX-5 can provide more torque and a greater towing capacity:

  • Engine: The MAZDA CX-5 comes standard with a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 187-hp with 186 lb-ft of torque. The Honda CR-V is equipped with a 1.5L inline-4 rated at 190-hp with 179 lb-ft of torque.
  • Fuel Economy: The gas mileage you can expect from each of these compact SUVs is comparable, with the CR-V earning an estimated 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway, and the CX-5 offering 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway* in EPA estimates.
  • Towing Capacity: Looking to tow a travel trailer, ATV, or small boat on your next adventure outside of Morton? The MAZDA CX-5 has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The CR-V manages just 1,500 pounds.


With either the Honda CR-V or MAZDA CX-5 you’ll enjoy advanced safety technologies. While all Honda CR-V trims are now available with the Honda Sensing safety suite, you’ll still need to upgrade in order to take advantage of driver assist features such as blind spot monitoring technology, which comes standard on the CX-5. Even though it has a lower starting price thand the CR-V, the MAZDA CX-5 includes the following as standard equipment:

  • Smart City Brake Support – Operates between 2 and 18 mph, and warns you when you’re approaching a vehicle too quickly on Morton 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.


Both the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V have received favorable reviews from the automotive press. The MAZDA CX-5 Edmunds review touts the lively driving feel, noting that its “keen handling and steering make the CX-5 enjoyable to drive”.

Reviews of the Honda CR-V are positive, as well. Edmunds highlights the Honda SUVs “capable acceleration, composed handling, and confident highway manners.” However, they also recommend you “skip the base LX model” which skimps on features that are only available on the higher trim levels.


It’s clear that with either the Honda CR-V or MAZDA CX-5 you’ll enjoy dependable performance and a wealth of convenient features, but the CX-5 pulls ahead when it comes to towing capability and standard safety tech. We invite you to stop by our dealership in Bloomington to get behind the wheel of an exciting new MAZDA CX-5 today. Make sure to check out our current MAZDA CX-5 lease offers, and if you have any questions or if you would like to see how the CX-5 compares to the Toyota RAV4,  please feel free to reach out to us.


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