2021 Honda CR-V vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Mazda CX-5
2021 Honda CR-V LX


2021 Mazda CX-5
2.4L DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder

Base Engine

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder
190 hp


187 hp
28 mpg* on base LX 2WD trim with CVT transmission

City MPG

25 mpg
34 mpg* on base LX 2WD with CVT transmission

Highway MPG

31 mpg
75.8 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

59.6 cubic feet

Shopping for a reliable compact SUV that offers powerful and efficient performance and plenty of room inside for you and your passengers to ride in comfort on Denver-area roads? If so, you may have narrowed your search to either the 2021 Honda CR-V or 2021 Mazda CX-5. While both of these vehicles have a lot to offer, the new CR-V provides:

  • A more powerful engine
  • More fuel-efficient performance
  • More passenger space
  • More cargo space

Find out which SUV will best suit your Golden driving needs in this Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison from Planet Honda.

Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5: Performance Specs

One of the first things you’ll likely take a look at when shopping for a new compact SUV to upgrade your Arvada commute is engine power. The Honda CR-V LX with CVT is powered by a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine that delivers 190 hp and earns a 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway* rating from the EPA. The base engine of the Mazda CX-5 is a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder that generates 187 hp and reaches an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5: Interior Dimensions

When it comes to interior space, the CR-V and CX-5 both offer two rows of seating to accommodate up to five passengers, but everyone will have more room to stretch out inside the CR-V. The Honda also has a larger cargo capacity, which guarantees more space for all the gear you need on your next adventure outside of Lakewood. 

Honda CR-V LX

  • Headroom (front/rear): 40.1 inches/39.2 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 41.3 inches/40.4 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/rear): 57.9 inches/55.6 inches
  • Cargo Capacity (rear seat up/down): 39.2 cubic feet/75.8 cubic feet

Mazda CX-5

  • Headroom (front/rear): 39.7 inches/39.0 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 41.0 inches/39.6 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/rear): 57.1 inches/54.8 inches
  • Cargo Capacity (rear seat up/down): 30.9 cubic feet/59.6 cubic feet

Test Drive the Honda CR-V Today at Planet Honda!

As our 2021 CR-V vs. CX-5 comparison shows, the Honda SUV provides more get-up-and-go, better fuel economy, and a more spacious interior. Schedule a test drive with us today to experience all that an exciting new Honda CR-V has to offer you. Make sure to take a look at our current CR-V lease offers, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


*28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.

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