2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V

The compact crossover class is teeming with quality vehicles that can offer car-like handling and impressive interior space. In this 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V comparison, we are going to look at two heavy-hitting models to see which one may be better for drivers. Each of these compact crossovers experienced a major redesign for 2017. They come into the new model year with minimal changes.

The base prices of these models are neck and neck and both come loaded with features. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 comes with a single engine option: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated for 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. It offers slightly more power and torque than the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Honda CR-V. Even when drivers opt for the more powerful 1.5-liter turbo engine on the Honda, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 keeps the lead when it comes to torque. The 2018 CX-5 also often offers more engaging and satisfying driving.

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2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V
$24,150 Starting MSRP $24,150
2.5-L 4-cylinder (187 hp) Base Engine 2.4-L 4-cylinder (184 hp)
6-Speed Automatic Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Forward collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot monitoring (standard), i-Activsense® (Available all trims) Driver Assistance Honda Sensing (available upper trims)

Driver Assistance Features on the 2018 Mazda CX-5

Individuals and small families that need all the space they can get may have to opt for the Honda in this 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Honda CR-V comparison, because it is the larger model. However, when it comes to standard and available features, especially safety features, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 pulls ahead.

The 2018 Honda CR-V offers the Honda Sensing® suite of safety features only in upper trims, but car shoppers can opt for the i-Activsense® safety features on the 2018 Mazda CX-5 on any trim. The Honda’s safety package includes collision mitigation, lane keeping assistance, road keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. All models of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 come standard with features like forward collision alerts, forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. Choosing the i-Activsense® package available on the base Sport trim adds lane departure warnings and lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and automatic windshield wipers. Features like a head up display with Traffic Sign Recognition are also available with the elite Grand Touring trim.

Are you interested in learning more about this compact crossover comparison? You can test drive the 2018 Mazda CX-5 at Bill Gatton Mazda in Johnson City TN or contact a member of our sales team for more information.

trunk space in the rear of the 2018 Mazda CX-5
white rear seats of the 2018 Mazda CX-5
infotainment control in the 2018 Mazda CX-5
steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2018 Mazda CX-5

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