2023 MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V

May 24th, 2023 by

If you’re ready to upgrade your commute around New Bedford and you’re thinking SUV, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V are top picks. Both of these SUVs have a reputation for being fuel-efficient, agile, and easy on the eyes.

You can’t lose with either of the vehicles we’ve mentioned. However, when it’s buying time and you’re faced with the decision of the 2023 Mazda CX-5 vs Honda CR-V, there can only be one. Join Alden Mazda on the information superhighway as we show you why it should be the 2023 CX-5.

Which performs better, the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5?

At Alden Mazda, we understand that the people of New Bedford expect great performance from their SUVs. At first glance of the specs, it appears that the CR-V offers superior performance, but what you see is what you get as far as those specs are concerned.

There are only two CR-V trims while there are eight 2023 Mazda CX-5 trims and performance levels to choose from. The CX-5 base trim comes equipped with a 186hp SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine compared to the 190-hp 1.5L inline-4 of the CR-V. However, depending on the trim and configuration of the CX-5 you choose, you could end up with 227 ponies under the hood. Here’s a closer look at the Mazda vs. Honda engine specs:

MAZDA CX-5: 186-hp SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine rated at 186 lb-ft of torque
Honda CR-V: 190-hp 1.5L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 179 lb-ft of torque

Fuel Economy:
MAZDA CX-5: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway*
Honda CR-V: 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway

Towing Capacity:
MAZDA CX-5: 2,000 pounds
Honda CR-V: 1,500 pounds

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V: Safety Features

Safety is another top priority when shopping for an SUV to escort your busy family around New Bedford. If you’re wondering whether the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5 is the safer vehicle, check out these safety tech features available only from Mazda:

Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
360º View Monitor
Driver Attention Alert

As you can see, when it comes to safety, the CX-5 is looking to the future and advanced technology. Feel free to contact us to learn more about the safety features available in the 2023 Mazda CX-5.

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs Honda CR-V: Edmunds Reviews

It’s clear that we at Alden Mazda think there’s a lot for New Bedford drivers to love about the CX-5, but don’t just take our word for it. Edmunds had this to say about it in their 2023 Mazda CX-5 review: “The Mazda CX-5 is impressive from the moment you lay eyes on the expressive, sharklike nose. The good vibes continue when you take a seat inside and see the beautifully constructed cabin that puts all other vehicles in this class to shame. Few crossovers offer a sense of adventure, but you get it with the Mazda CX-5.”

The 2023 Honda CR-V Edmunds review was complimentary of the crossover SUV but they admitted that it’s wanting for performance: “We like the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine in the current CR-V. While it doesn’t offer thrilling performance, acceleration is quick enough for this kind of vehicle. Unfortunately, today’s CR-V Hybrid is quite a bit slower than the standard version, and a long-term test of a 2021 CR-V Hybrid revealed that its fuel economy was nearly the same as with a non-hybrid.”

Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5?
Now that we’ve compared these vehicles side by side and you’ve heard from Edmunds, do you see yourself in the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5? If you recognize the CX-5 as the superior choice, the next step is learning about your financing options at Alden Mazda. Also, be sure to bring your used vehicle if you’d like to sell or trade it towards a down payment on your new CX-5!


*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.
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