One has to pity the typical new-car customer. For them, picking between compact crossovers must appear to be choosing between various identically sized cardboard boxes. That one do you want? “Ah, i will take the one with the best deal.” besides, with the 2017 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 2017 .
Everyman has a chance to choose between two vehicles that are quite clearly different, yet also clearly leaders in what they do. Everything else seems like alternatives based on worth or maybe off-road readiness (Jeeps Compass and Cherokee, perhaps a Subaru Forester). As beforely planning would have it, a 2017 CR-V touring just occured to be sitting in my garage the week i was set to drive the new CX-5 Grand touring in San Diego.
Honda CR-V And Mazda CX-5 Comparison Test
This is not a complete, scientifically enacted comparison test, however there was enough drive time in close succession on the same roads and with similar price tags to draw conclusions. At its simplest, the CX-5 is the best option for the driver while the CR-V is the best choice for everyone else aboard. That is not to say they’re myopic in those classifications – the CX-5 might still aptly handle family duty, while the CR-V is impressively well-rounded to drive in a way that should not turn off those seeking some driving involvement.
However, every has a clear focus that sets it down a different path toward different target consumers. Inside, the latest CX-5 boasts a handsome, upscale design with materials to match. Esthetically, to these eyes at least, it is the best of a crowded bunch. Quality-wise, only the also-impressive CR-V would appear to come close.
Along with the smooth new exterior, the cabin imparts the more premium vibe that Mazda was shooting for with the new CX-5 – it also makes a more emotional connection than the typical cardboard box on wheels. It’s a similar story in the back seat. Honda added 2 inches of rear legroom for 2017, producing a sprawl-out space for adults and an abundance of clearance for a rear-facing child seat.
Even with the driver’s seat pushed all the way back for my 6-foot-3 self, I still had concerning three inches of area remaining within the back. within the CX-5, my knees were grazing the seatback – that is fine and an extreme example, but worse nonetheless. Let’s begin with the newer kid on the block from Mazda.
Honda CR-V And Mazda CX-5 Performance
It’s best suited for the person whose life changes have dictated the switch from an agile car to some kind of family haulier. Its spot-on steering and throttle response elicit Porsche, while the six-speed automatic transmission favors performance over fuel economy (while still getting really good fuel economy). Those dynamic elements, plus a carefully crafted, ideal driving position should make the CX-5 feel “just right” for those used to more sporting, non-family-oriented transport.
Below the hood, you will presumably be contrasting the CX-5’s standard 2.5-liter 187-Horsepower naturally aspirated four-cylinder to the 1.5-liter, 190-hp turbo four found on all but the base CR-V. The CX-5’s is the much more responsive engine, while the CR-V’s could be a bit smoother and quieter. But really, each are superb, giving strong acceleration and wonderful fuel economy.
The Honda is ultimately a lot of efficient, though, likely by 2 or 3 mpg combined. You might save about $100 per year on gas. So there you have it: 2 crossover SUVs, both class leaders, but in fully different ways. Which is better? that really depends on you. However it does not look like a stretch to claim that together they sit above the cardboard heap.