MAZDA CX-5 vs Honda CR-V



A mid-sized SUV is a perfect traveling companion for drivers near Denton, Carrollton, and Flower Mound, Texas. Its versatility makes it easier to flex your commuter into a weekend warrior. If you have your eyes on the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V, which has the blend of versatility that’s right for you?

The team at Denton Mazda has compared these 5-passenger SUVs. Read our Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V comparison to learn which one offers the right mix of performance and convenience.

Quick Facts: 2022 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2022 Honda CR-V



Honda CR-V

186 lb-ft

Standard Torque

179 lb-ft


      Push Button Start


10-speaker Bose® surround sound system

Available Audio System


premium audio system


SiriusXM® 3-year Traffic and Travel Link subscription

Not Available




MAZDA CX-5 Engine Specs

Does the MAZDA CX-5 or Honda CR-V Have More Power?

We compared the standard engines of both SUVs. The Mazda CX-5 has more power than the Honda CR-V.

The Mazda Skyactiv®-G 2.5 16-valve 4-cylinder is the standard engine of the Mazda CX-5. It can generate up to 186 lb-ft of torque.

When we looked underneath the hood of the Honda CR-V, we found a 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine with turbocharger. This unit can only generate up to 179 lb-ft of torque. That means, the standard engine of the Mazda CX-5 can work harder than the Honda CR-V.

The Mazda CX-5 also nets a stronger towing capacity than the Honda CR-V. Mazda’s SUV can tow up to 2,000 pounds, while the CR-V can only tote up to 1,500 pounds. These numbers clearly indicate the Mazda CX-5 is better prepared for your next adventure.

MAZDA CX-5 Seating

Which SUV Is More Convenient?

After checking the engines, we peeked inside the cabin of both SUVs. Our team found the Mazda CX-5 offers a more convenient design than the Honda CR-V.

This advantage begins with how you start your day. Every trim of the Mazda CX-5 offers Push Button Start and remote keyless entry. Push Button Start is available in the Honda CR-V but not standard. Honda’s SUV also does not have remote keyless entry.

The Mazda CX-5 continues to take it up a notch. Its available Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System signals your approach to the SUV. The system unlocks the SUV’s doors with the tap of a key fob. You can warm up the engine when you press the brake and the key fob.

That means, you won’t have to fumble for your keys in the morning. It’s easier to get up and go in the Mazda CX-5. You might want to spend an extra minute or two in its cabin, though. The Mazda CX-5 offers available refinements like:

  • Caturra Brown Nappa leather-trimmed seats
  • Ventilated front seats with 3-level adjustment
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support

These soothing features continue where it may matter most: the infotainment that gets your thumb tapping against the steering wheel.

MAZDA CS-5 Technology

Which SUV Has Better Infotainment?

The Mazda CX-5 offers a more complete infotainment experience than the Honda CR-V. You’ll realize this when you elevate the volume on its available Bose® 10-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2. The system fills the cabin with a combination of crisp beats and soothing grooves.

What about the Honda CR-V? The SUV’s available speaker system peaks at a 9-speaker premium audio system.

The Mazda CX-5 infotainment advantage is more than a speaker count, though. Centerpoint® 2 delivers a surround-sound experience throughout the cabin with precision. AudioPilot® 2 monitors background noise and adjusts the audio level for a clearer sound. If you want to transform your driver’s seat into the front row of a concert, you’ll only be able to do that in the Mazda CX-5.

The Mazda CX-5 also offers an available 3-year SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link subscription. This provides updated information about:

  • Nearby parking
  • Traffic
  • Weather
  • Sports scores
  • Gas prices

The Honda CR-V does not have a 3-year SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link subscription. This increases the Mazda CX-5’s edge in infotainment.

Verdict: The MAZDA CX-5 Is More Versatile

Our Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V comparison reveals that Mazda’s SUV is more versatile. The 2022 Mazda CX-5 not only wields more power, but it also features a difference-making blend of technology.

How can you get a better feel for the Mazda CX-5? If you live near Denton, Carrollton, or Flower Mound, TX, schedule a test drive at Denton Mazda. We’ll help you learn if this SUV is the best fit for your garage.

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