2020 CX-5 vs 2020 CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Honda CR-V

The crossover market is a hard one to stand out in. There are so many different options that trying to figure out which ones are a quality product can be time consuming and fruitless. Let us help.

Today’s head-to-head comparison will be between the sporty 2020 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD and the popular 2020 Honda CR-V EX AWD. Which will come out on top?

2020 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD


2020 Honda CR-V EX AWD




2.5L 4-cyl


1.5L turbo 4-cyl

187 hp / 186 lb-ft

Horsepower / Torque

190 hp / 179 lb-ft




6-speed shiftable auto




Fuel Economy



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2020 CX-5 front close-up shot

Exceptional Drivability

The 2020 Honda CR-V has decent chops. It’s by no means an unlikeable driving experience. However, the 2020 CX-5 is so mind-boggling fun to drive that the 2020 CR-V just doesn’t hold up. This comes as no surprise to those familiar with the Mazda pedigree. Their vehicles are known for their unbeatable handling, and the CX-5 is no exception. Whether you’re driving the AWD or FWD variant, the CX-5 is responsive, poised, and capable. It can handle tough conditions and roughshod roads just as easily as it can stop-and-go city driving and long stretches of interstate. Those looking for a little more spunk can opt for the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It putts out a whopping 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Awards and Accolades

The Mazda CX-5 was on both the 2019 and 2020 Car and Driver “10Best” list. It snagged the “Best Crossover” spot both times. US News and World Report named Mazda as the “Best Car Brand” for 2020, making it the fifth consecutive year that the automaker has received the title. Other organizations have given the 2020 Mazda CX-5 similar praise.

2020 CX-5 front seating showcase
2020 CX-5 cockpit showcase
2020 CX-5 exterior shot from behind

Come test drive the 2020 CX-5 at Capistrano Mazda.

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