2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Honda CR-V 

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Honda CR-V

It’s rare to find a model that handles its interior as well as the Mazda CX-5, but the Honda CR-V sure meets the challenge. The two crossovers also offer some of the nicest interiors of the class with quality materials and soft-touch surfaces abound. Both have spacious cabins with generous legroom, supportive seats and plenty of upgrade opportunities. See how these sophisticated rivals compare in other dimensions in our comparison of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Honda CR-V.

In terms of active safety features, the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V match each other with standard automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. Still, the CX-5 pulls out the win with standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as well.

2020 Mazda CX-5 


2020 Honda CR-V 

$25,090  Starting MSRP  $25,050 
2.5L SKYACTIV®-G I-4  Base Engine  1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 
30.9 ft³  Cargo Space 37.6 ft³ 
2,000 – 3,500 lbs.  Towing Capacity  1,500 lbs. 

Performance Advantages of the Mazda CX-5 

The 2020 Honda CR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated for 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. On the 2020 Mazda CX-5, we find a choice of two exceptional engines:

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G I-4 (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring)

  • 187 horsepower, 186 lb-ft of torque

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G Dynamic Pressure Turbo I-4 (Grand Touring Reserve, Signature)

  • 250 horsepower, 320 lb-ft of torque

Thanks to its outstanding torque output, the Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 lbs. in its most basic form or up to 3,500 lbs. with the available turbo engine. The Honda CR-V caps its towing capabilities at just 1,500 lbs., making it a lackluster option for trailering.

And if you thought all crossovers handle the same, think again. On top of the profound capability, the Mazda SUV’s sophisticated SKYACTIV® torque-vectoring system creates a nimble and precise driving experience that’s rare for segment competitors. The CR-V is notably less athletic.

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