The crossover SUV market is insanely competitive. Most manufacturers run anywhere from three to four models. Options are not lacking. It's easy to get overwhelmed when presented with so many choices, though.
Today, we’re comparing an industry giant, the 2020 Honda CR-V, and the award-winning 2020 Mazda CX-5. Which is a bigger bang for you buck?
2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature
2020 Honda CR-V Touring
|2.5L turbo 4-cyl
||Engine||1.5L turbo 4-cyl
|227 hp / 310 lb-ft
||Horsepower / Torque||190 hp / 179 lb-ft
|6-speed shiftable auto
We’ll give credit where its due. The 2020 Honda CR-V is good. It’s handles pretty well and is adequatley powered. In a word, the CR-V is competent. Unexciting, but competent. However, compared to the 2020 CX-5, it’s not even close. With the 227-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and precise six-speed automatic, the 2020 CX-5 outclasses the CR-V. It’s faster, more powerful, more responsive, and—above all—more fun to drive. Critics have claimed that the CX-5 handles almost as well as the Miata, which is famous as being one of the best handling vehicles ever to be produced.
The Mazda CX-5 has won numerous industry awards since its redesign in 2019. This is due, in part, to its absurdly high interior quality. The 2020 CX-5 Signature has European-sourced Nappa leather upholstery, hardwood accents, a 10-speaker premium Bose sound system, a heads-up display, and an 8-inch touchscreen. The minimalist Japanese style really lets the quality of the materials shine through. Anyone who appreciates the craftsmanship of and attention to detail in a classic European luxury car will be pleasantly surprised by the CX-5.
Come test drive the 2020 Mazda CX-5 at Hall Mazda.