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2021 Honda CR-V vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2021 Honda
CR-V

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2021 Mazda
CX-5

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MSRP*
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$25,350 to $35,150
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$25,370 to $37,505
Invoice* $24,169 to $32,407 $24,896 to $36,044
MPG - City 27 - 28 22 - 25
MPG - Hwy 32 - 34 27 - 31
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Honda CR-V offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Mazda CX-5. The Mazda CX-5 offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Honda CR-V, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Honda CR-V as you will with the Mazda CX-5, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Honda CR-V will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mazda CX-5. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda CR-V is about the same width as the Mazda CX-5. When looking at overall length, the Honda CR-V takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda CX-5.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Honda CR-V doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-5.

Handling
The Honda CR-V has a larger turning radius than the Mazda CX-5, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 is clearly the choice over the Honda CR-V for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5. With the Honda CR-V, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mazda CX-5.

Warranty
The Honda CR-V comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda CX-5.