2017 Mazda CX-5 vs 2017 Honda CR-V

If you are in the market for a crossover SUV, you probably have a few ideas in mind about why you would like this sleek, modern style as your automobile of choice. These models offer much in the way of versatility, capability, and efficiency, providing you with a way to experience the road like you never thought possible. You can still command the road without hogging it, and you can still drive a sport utility vehicle without spending a fortune on fuel. This is the appeal of crossovers, and it is no wonder they have taken over a lot of the automotive discussion these days. Fortunately for you, there are many options available. Which one is right for you? Let's look at the 2017 Mazda CX-5 vs the 2017 Honda CR-V.

For the purpose of this comparison, we will look at the base model of each vehicle. The CX-5 and CR-V are both quality examples of an appealing crossover, but the CX-5 stands out in a few key areas.

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2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport vs 2017 Honda CR-V LX
187 HP Horsepower 184 HP

24/31 City/Hwy MPG (FWD)

23/29 City/Hwy MPG (AWD)

Fuel Economy

26/32 City/Hwy MPG (2WD)

25/31 City/Hwy MPG (AWD)

2,000 Pounds Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 Pounds
SKYACTIVE®-Drive 6-Speed automatic Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission

More horsepower and towing capacity with the CX-5

The daily grind and weekend adventures alike can both be served by the capabilities of a crossover model, and one of those ways is through a potent engine. The vehicles are comparable in terms of horsepower and fuel efficiency; however, the CX-5 edges out the CR-V by a few horses while still offering an efficient experience. Having this kind of power at your disposal can come in handy when packing everyone in for a day of errands or a weekend camping.

Speaking of camping, the CX-5 also offers 500 pounds more towing capacity than the CR-V. This gives you a better ability to bring along your fishing boat for a trip up to the lake, or take a little camping trailer along for a journey across the country.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is a well-crafted vehicle that doesn't just look good, but has the specifications to back it up as well. 

red 2017 Mazda CX-5 driving toward sunset exterior side rear view
red 2017 Mazda CX-5 exterior rear hatch seen from side
2017 Mazda CX-5 interior front seating area
2017 Mazda CX-5 cargo area