2016 Mazda CX-5 vs 2016 Honda CR-V
2016 MAZDA CX-5 GX FWD WITH CONVENIENCE PKG
2016 HONDA CR-V LX FWD
|Ranked #1 for “Best Compact Crossover and SUV” by Car and Driver||AWARDS||Ranked #2 Compact Crossover and SUV of the year by Car and Driver|
|Unlimited km||WARRANTY||60,000 km|
|9.0/6.8‡||MT: FUEL ECONOMY L/100 KM (CITY/HIGHWAY)||N/A|
|9.0/7.3‡||AT: FUEL ECONOMY L/100 KM (CITY/HIGHWAY)||8.8/6.9|
|2.0 L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder||ENGINE TYPE||2.4 L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder|
|SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission||STANDARD TRANSMISSION||Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)|
|SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with SPORT mode||OPTIONAL TRANSMISSION||N/A|
|i-ACTIV AWD||OPTIONAL DRIVE TYPE||AWD|
|Standard||ELECTRICAL PARKING BRAKE (EPB)||N/A|
|Standard||HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE (HMI COMMANDER SWITCH)||N/A|
|Standard||PUSH BUTTON START||N/A|
|Standard||SIDE TURN SIGNAL INDICATORS||N/A|
|907||TOWING CAPACITY (KG)||680|
The compact SUV segment is resolutely contested with over 20 competing vehicles vying for attention. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 continues Mazda’s tradition of innovative thinking. Whether referred to as a Crossover or an SUV, the fundamentals remain constant—versatility, passenger comfort, storage, and ease of access for children.
Honda’s CR-V first entered the market in 1997 and quickly found enthusiastic buyers. The current version of the CR-V is a worthy competitor in the marketplace and deserves to be considered on its merits. With Mazda and Honda both working to a common design brief, let’s see where the differences may be found.
Mazda’s CX-5 recently received a styling update which references KODO (“Soul of Motion”) styling cues now seen across the company’s range. The CX-5 is an attractive, sporty, well-proportioned vehicle that will continue to look contemporary for years to come. The Honda CR-V also received a styling update for the 2015 model year, the end result being slightly softer and rounder than the Mazda. Like any work of art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and personal preference will help influence a purchasing decision.
Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is a multi-disciplined approach to achieving enhanced fuel economy and lower emissions, all while delivering low- and mid-range torque that enhances driving enjoyment. Mazda offers two engine choices in the CX-5: a 2.0 litre 4 (155 hp), and a 2.5 litre4 (184 hp). Depending upon model, Mazda offers both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with sport mode. The Honda CR-V is fitted with a standard 2.4 litre 4 cylinder (185 hp) and a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). While all the numbers are similar, the difference is found on the road, with the CX-5 being faster than the CR-V in runs to both 50 and 100 km/h.
Both vehicles are a pleasant place to spend time on a longer journey. Both vehicles offer the now expected plethora of driver aids and safety features. Advanced Infotainment (navigation, Bluetooth, etc.) systems are quickly becoming standard in the automotive industry. As is the criticism. These systems are rarely easy to use, and can provide an unnecessary degree of frustration when attempting to complete a simple task. While the Mazda and Honda systems have their advantages, they’ve both been cited as being confusing and unintuitive (as have those from Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and BMW). Time spent with a customer representative at time of delivery may help alleviate potential frustration, as will reading the owner’s manual.
The Zoom Zoom driving experience is imbued in the Mazda CX-5. While the ride may occasionally be choppy, the overall driving dynamic stresses agility, a talent rarely found in this segment. Honda’s CR-V provides a comfortable and planted feel while underway.
Personal driving expectations will quickly provide a preference between the two vehicles. Those who enjoy driving will prefer the CX-5, while those who prefer a more subdued mode of travel will be happily accommodated in the CR-V.
While participating in the same segment of the market, the CX-5 and the CR-V are intended to satisfy the needs of those with contrasting expectations. Taking the time to drive as many different vehicles as possible within the segment will help to determine which is right for you. We invite you to experience the CX-5 for yourself and draw your own conclusions…Test drive a CX5 today!