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MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V
At a Glance: MAZDA CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V

There’s nothing quite like having a stylish and sophisticated crossover to take on the streets of Janesville, Beloit, Madison, WI, or Rockford, IL.

When you’re looking at your options, you may be deciding between the 2023 Mazda CX-5 and the 2023 Honda CR-V. To help differentiate between these two standout SUVs, our team at Boucher Mazda of Janesville has created the following comparison.



5 | 5
CX-5 vs CR-V


256 HP | 190 HP
CX-5 vs CR-V


10.25 in. | 7 in.
CX-5 vs CR-V
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the MAZDA CX-5 compares to the Honda CR-V.

Crossover SUVs allow drivers to enjoy the stealth of a sedan and the athleticism of an SUV. Models like the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V help drivers achieve the best of both worlds on every drive thanks to impressive powertrains and engine technologies.

Optimized Power

Under the hood of the Mazda CX-5, drivers will see one of two powerful engines. The first is Mazda’s standard Skyactiv®-G 2.5 engine, which produces a compelling 186 lb-ft of torque.

What comes standard for drivers of the Honda CR-V? Unfortunately, something less exciting: a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which only nets 179 lb-ft of torque. While Honda does offer standard 2-wheel drive (2WD) or optional Real Time AWD™ (all-wheel drive), this 1.5L engine is all you’ll get in terms of gasoline powertrains.

Hair-Raising Rides

Mazda, on the other hand, offers a Skyactiv®-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine. This engine, which works with a Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, pumps out a whopping 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.

Another bonus of the Mazda CX-5 is G-Vectoring Control Plus. This standard system helps minimize the amount of corrective steering needed while driving for better control and less fatigue. Since this system is exclusive to Mazda, you won’t find it in the CR-V.


In today’s modern world, technology is all around us. Now, thanks to the innovative features of the 2023 Mazda CX-5, it’s also inside your vehicle.

Crystal-Clear Connectivity

At the center of it all is Mazda’s standard 10.25-inch full-color touchscreen display. Nope, that’s not a typo.

How does the screen inside the CR-V look? Well, its standard size is only seven inches. Also, the highest upgrade option is only a 9-inch touch-screen display.

Play Your Favorite Albums

Both models will also provide standard access to both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. Simply connect your compatible smartphone to send and receive text messages, listen to your favorite tunes, and much more.

However, your audio will sound better with the available Bose® 10-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® and AudioPilot® in the Mazda CX-5. The Honda CR-V maxes out with an 8-speaker audio system.


When it comes to ensuring the safety of you and your passengers, nothing is more important. That’s why Mazda and Honda have implemented a series of safety and driver-assistive technologies into their vehicles.

Driver-Assistance Aids

For the Mazda CX-5, this is known as i-Activsense®, which includes standard features such as:

  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane-keep Assist
  • Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

There’s also Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, which sets and maintains a speed range to keep a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead. If the vehicle in front of you reduces its speed or even comes to a stop, your car can adjust accordingly.

More Safety Features

Honda does offer similar standard features. In addition, both models offer Traffic Jam Assist, which is designed to take control of the vehicle during bumper-to-bumper traffic situations.

However, only the Mazda CX-5 will provide Driver Attention Warning, which will monitor your driving behavior and let you know when it’s time to take a break.

The Choice Is Yours

At Boucher Mazda of Janesville, we hope this Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V comparison has helped you get a sense of what these two crossovers offer and how they differ. Now that you’re more aware of the many benefits of the Mazda CX-5, why not learn more?

Contact us to schedule a test drive. We’re proud to help drivers throughout Janesville, Beloit, Madison, WI, and Rockford, IL, find the right car!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 CX-5 for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

Gordie Boucher Mazda of Janesville 42.719630, -88.988010.