Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5
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Choosing between the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 isn't exactly an easy decision. Both vehicles are safe, fuel-efficient, comfortable, and high-performing which makes for an ideal choice in a new subcompact SUV. That being said, there is a host of features that separate the CX-5 as the better contender.
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The CX-5 boasts 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. On the inside, the CX-5 offers one of the nicest cabins in the class. It’s packed with premium materials and has a sleek and modern look. On top of this, the Mazda CX-5’s standard infotainment interface features a 7-inch touch screen and HD Radio, a system that's far more user-friendly than the CR-V's infotainment system.
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Under the hood, the 2020 Mazda CX-5’s base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 187 horsepower yet a six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. Two other engine options are available: a 227-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and a 168-horsepower turbodiesel. The turbo-four cranks out 250 horsepower if using premium gas. Meanwhile, the 2020 Honda CR-V only has one available engine option: a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that's mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and delivers 190 horsepower.
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In line with Mazda's reputation, the CX-5 is arguably best-in-class when it comes to handling. It’s agile, drives like a smaller car, and does an impeccable job absorbing the impact of bumps and rough pavement. The CR-V doesn’t handle as well as the CX-5, but it manages to corner well, provides responsive steering, and has outstanding ride quality. In terms of towing capacity, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 can tow 2,000 pounds when properly equipped while the 2020 Honda CR-V’s towing capacity tops out at 1,500 pounds.
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Both the 2020 CR-V and CX-5 match up on their five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The two compact crossovers each earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. Discerning drivers should know that the CX-5 comes standard with lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and low-speed automatic emergency braking.
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Both vehicles are excellent choices, but it's evident that the Mazda CX-5 is the better investment. So what are you waiting for? Get behind the wheel of your new Mazda CX-5 today! 

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