2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport vs 2019 Honda CR-V LX

2019 CX-5 vs 2019 Honda CR-V

Here it is. The grudge match. When people consider buying an SUV or crossover, the CX-5 and the CR-V are two of the first models people look at. They even have similar naming schemes. But which will win?

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Honda CR-V. Let’s do this.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport


2019 Honda CR-V LX

$24,350 MSRP $24,450
2.5L inline 4-cyl Engine 2.4L inline 4-cyl
187 hp / 186 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 184 hp / 180 ft-lbs
FWD Drivetrain FWD
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission CVT
25 / 31 / 28 mpg Fuel Economy 26 / 32 / 28 mpg

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Best-in-Class Handling

Both SUVs are great, we won’t lie. They’re comfortable, spacious, and have cutting-edge tech. Both have higher trims which offer AWD and turbocharged engines. However, there is one area where Mazda clearly wins at every trim level: handling. The CR-V is no slouch. It can manage tight turns at high speeds with ease. The CX-5 is on another level though. It carves through turns with a prowess rarely seen even in modern sports cars, much less an SUV. Handling is the Mazda wheelhouse, and it’s wonderfully apparent when driving the CX-5. The steering in the CX-5 feels weightier and more communicative than the CR-V as well.

Fatal Flaw of the CR-V

Remember that cutting-edge tech that we mentioned earlier? Well, it would appear it’s so advanced in the CR-V that it drains the battery while the vehicle isn’t even running. Drivers have reported letting their CR-Vs sit for as little as two days with a resulting dead battery. It doesn’t seem to be covered by all dealerships either, with many affected drivers reporting that a bypass could be installed, but that it would cost them money. We don’t know about you, but we’d rather have a vehicle that starts after a weekend at home.

Want to feel that legendary Mazda handling for yourself? Give us here a Hall Cars a call and we can schedule a test drive for you. We’d also be happy to answer any other questions you might have.