A compact SUV makes great sense for someone with an active lifestyle. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 and 2020 Honda CR-V each deliver a pleasant ride from a comfortable cabin. This comparison shows how the Mazda CX-5 incorporates modern technology, provides an abundance of safety features, and gives you a choice between two engines. Visit Premier Mazda of Kansas City and discover why the 2020 Mazda CX-5 is a 2020 Car and Driver’s 10Best*.

Technology

2020 MAZDA CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 cabin features standard equipment, including a Mazda Connect™ advanced infotainment system with a 7.0-inch full-color touchscreen display, Bluetooth®, voice command, Pandora®, Aha™, and Stitcher™ radio integration, HD Radio™, a four-speaker sound system, and two USB ports. You can spoil yourself with the optional ten-speaker Bose® audio system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2, SiriusXM® satellite radio, two additional USB ports, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and navigation working with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display.

2020 HONDA CR-V

The Honda CR-V includes a 5.0-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth®, Pandora® compatibility, a four-speaker audio system, and a USB port. Available are an upgraded 7.0-inch touchscreen display, navigation, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ support, a wireless charger, and the choice between a 180-watt eight-speaker or 330-watt nine-speaker sound system. Also, Honda Link® is optional to allow you to receive notifications and schedule service appointments through your mobile device.

Safety

2020 MAZDA CX-5

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety** and earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration***. With safety as a top focus, the Mazda CX-5 includes i-Activesense® safety innovations, including blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, Advanced Smart City brake support with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and radar cruise control with stop and go. Additionally, a rearview camera, an advanced airbag system, hill launch assist, smart brake support with collision warning, traction control, and dynamic stability control are standard. Available are a 360-degree view monitor with front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive front lighting system, traffic sign recognition, and a head-up display.

2020 HONDA CR-V

The 2020 Honda CR-V earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA. Included safety features consist of the Honda Sensing® suite with collision mitigation braking with forward collision warning and pedestrian sensing capability, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, and road departure mitigation with lane departure warning. Automatic high beams and a rearview camera also come standard. Rain-sensing windshield wipers and a driver attention monitor are optional.

Performance

2020 MAZDA CX-5

The Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels get their power from a 186-hp Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift and sport modes. With standard front-wheel-drive, the Mazda CX-5 achieves an estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg on the Kansas highways and 25 mpg in the cities of Shawnee, Grandview, and Lee’s Summit.  An all-wheel drivetrain is optional. The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims are equipped with a Skyactiv®-G turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that sends power to all four wheels and kicks out 250-hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.

2020 HONDA CR-V

The LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels employ a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain. The CR-V produces 190-hp and 179 lb-ft of torque and earns an estimated 34 mpg of highway driving and 28 mpg in the city. All-wheel drive is available.

Pricing

2020 MAZDA CX-5

Starting at $26,135 MSRP

2020 HONDA CR-V

Starting at $25,050 MSRP

* Car and Driver, January 2019

** The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has been awarded the coveted 2020 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with specific headlights.

*** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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