2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Mazda CX-5: Head to Head

2020 Honda CR-V, 2020 Mazda CX-5
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CR-V vs. CX-5: Which Japanese Compact Crossover Is Right for You?

The Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are both safe, fuel-efficient compact crossovers with top-notch cabins, comfortable accommodations, and good overall driving dynamics. Because they’re so similar, and they fare so well in our compact SUV rankings, it makes perfect sense to cross-shop them and learn about what sets them apart.

The CR-V is the winner of our 2020 Best Compact SUV for the Money award. It was last fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. However, the 2020 model gets a minor facelift, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver assistance systems comes standard. Honda also discontinued the 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine in favor of the more powerful and fuel-efficient turbo-four. 

The CX-5 was also completely redesigned for 2017 and sees new standard active safety aids for the 2020 model year. It received several updates in 2019, including two new engine options, as well as new available features, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, ventilated front seats, and a surround-view parking camera system.

To help you make an informed buying decision, we use U.S. News Best Cars reviews and scoring data to compare these vehicles in the categories that matter most to compact SUV shoppers. Use the information in this article, along with your priorities, to determine whether the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5 is best for you.

It’s important to note that we regularly update our scores and rankings as new data and expert research become available. For this reason, the scores in this article may not match up precisely with the scores in our rankings and individual vehicle reviews.

Keep reading to learn which compact SUV wins this battle.

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