To help you see how these two crossover SUVs differ, we created this comparison of the 2022 Honda CR-V and the 2022 Mazda CX-5. The CX-50 and the Honda CR-V are the newest kids on the compact SUV block, both featuring sleek, modern designs both inside and out. The Honda CR-V is one of the best-known compact SUVs, but for the 2023 model year, it is been overhauled from the wheels-up.
Mazda gives buyers a few more options in the trims than Hondas CR-V, including a carbon-fiber option that has the now-popular matt-black exterior. The CX-50 is about as composed and nimble on the road as you would expect from a Mazda, but it adds greater ground clearance than many compact SUVs, as well as a driving mode for off-roading. The 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring has manually adjustable cloth seats, but just as one example of its high-end character, it has a one-touch 40/20/40 folding rear seatback–a tack that is been lifted from European luxury crossovers.
The cabin in the new Mazda CX-50 has an air of class, especially if you dress it up in the optional terra-cotta leather. The new 2023 Honda CR-V is nearly five inches longer than the Mazda CX-5, with considerably more cargo room. The 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring does not quite have the horsepower of the CX-5 Turbos 256/227 horsepower, but offers a fuel economy to match, coming in at 43 MPGe in city/36 MPGe on the highway/40 MPGe combined in the front-drive Sport trim.
Fitted with its turbocharged option and standard all-wheel-drive, the Honda CR-V gets 22 mpg city/24 mpg highway/28 mpg combined. The hybrid version of the CR-V is more efficient than its gasoline-powered counterpart, too (the combined mileage of front-wheel-drive models is as high as 40 mpg). That is lower than Mazdas CX-5 Turbo Signature, but Hondas CR-V has 256 horsepower; the CR-V Sport Touring has only 204.
The 2023 Honda HR-V has improved electronics and safety features that make it a bit more attractive than it was, but a much stronger engine is still sluggish on acceleration. Honda equipped the EX and EX-L with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that is supported by a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT). While both crossover SUVs offer an AWD system with increased grip, the CR-V has higher ground clearance (up to 8.2 inches, compared with 7.5 inches) compared with the Mazda CX-5 to handle rugged terrain.