2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Mazda CX-5 driving on a highway at dusk vs 2018 Honda CR-V parked in front of a modern building

Drivers who are looking for a new SUV are faced with so many different options. As one of the most popular vehicle varieties on the road, those looking for an SUV might feel overwhelmed when they consider all of their choices. In order to decide which of the many models is the best fit, comparing two models is a great way to help you make a choice. Take, for instance, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs the 2018 Honda CR-V. While both vehicles have excellent fuel economy and available All-Wheel Drive, they also have several differences, which can make or break a vehicle choice.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Honda CR-V

187 hp Standard Horsepower 184 hp
2,000 lbs. Maximum Trailer Capacity 1,500 lbs.
Standard Blindspot Monitoring Available
Standard Automatic Emergency Braking Available

Advantages of the 2018 Mazda CX-5

Crossovers and SUVs are known for being able to handle anything that is thrown at them. This is definitely the case for the both the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Honda CR-V. When you’re considering the 2018 Honda CR-V, you’ll have to make a decision between two different engine options. Your first option is the standard engine on the base LX trim level, and to access the other, you’ll have to jump up to the EX, EX-L, or Touring trims. The standard engine on the 2018 Honda CR-V is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The other option is a 1.5L four-cylinder engine with Turbocharger that churns out 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The standard and only engine on the 2018 Mazda CX-5 slots in just below the optional engine on the 2018 Honda Civic, providing 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque from a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L four-cylinder engine. While the 2018 Mazda CX-5 seems to have less power, it is able to do so much more, with a towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds, 500 pounds more than the 1,500 pounds that both of the engines on the 2018 Honda CR-V can manage.

While performance is important, you need to be aware of which features and options are available on your vehicle and which are standard. Both the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 allow you to connect your device so you can use it to make and place calls, send and receive text messages, and even stream audio. These features make it possible for drivers to use their devices without taking their eyes off of the road, but sometimes accidents happen. That’s why the 2018 Mazda CX-5 comes equipped with a variety of standard advanced safety features, like Blindspot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support, and Hill Start Assist. All three of these systems are standard on all three trim levels of the 2018 Mazda CX-5, but to access them in the 2018 Honda CR-V, you’ll have to choose one of the higher trim levels. Learn more about the other technology features on the 2018 Mazda CX-5 in Portsmouth, NH, at Seacoast Mazda.