Compare 2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Cargo Space

  39.2 cu. ft.

Rear Leg Room

  40.4 in.


2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5

Cargo Space

  30.9 cu. ft.

Rear Leg Room

  39.6 in.

2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

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The Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 have plenty of similarities; after all, they are two of the most highly rated vehicles in the crowded compact SUV class. If you’re shopping for a crossover, here’s what you need to know about how the 2018 models of these vehicles compare to one another.

Cargo Space

The CR-V is a natural choice for road trippers and families that tend to haul around athletic equipment and gear (or just love a major shopping trip). It offers more than 39 cubic feet of trunk space, which expands to almost 76 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. With the CX-5, you’ll have almost 31 cubic feet in the trunk and just over 59 cubic feet with the second row folded.

Interior Features

Drivers will be impressed with the advanced infotainment system in the CR-V, which features smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (neither of which are available in the CX-5. Reviewers also note that Honda’s system is much more intuitive and user-friendly than the more complex and confusing Mazda infotainment system.

Performance and Fuel Economy

CR-V drivers can choose between either a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 190-hp turbo-four. The Mazda comes with just one engine, which gets 187 horses. The CR-V is the best choice if you’re interested in sporty acceleration. It also achieves EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 28/34 city/highway miles per gallon*** with the turbo-four and 26/32 city/highway mpg*** with the base engine when equipped with front-wheel drive. The EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 only go as high as 25/31 city/highway.

The Honda CR-V received the 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the Year Award*. It was also named the Kelley Blue Book 2018 Best Buy: Small/SUV Crossover**. If you’re interested in taking it for a spin, visit us today at Bosak Honda Highland. Our knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to show you around the 2018 Honda CR-V.


* The 2018 CR-V has been named Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year® thanks to impressive cargo space, efficient fuel economy and Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology standard on EX and higher models.
** For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
*** 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX with CVT model. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX with CVT model. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.