2016 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V

If you’re looking for a reliable and family-friendly crossover SUV in the Nanaimo, Duncan, and Victoria area, you might be trying to decide between the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and the 2016 Honda CR-V. But which vehicle is right for you? Harris Mazda is proud to provide this handy guide to comparing and contrasting the 2016 Mazda CX5 and the 2016 Honda CR-V. Read on to find out more!


The 2016 Mazda CX-5 includes a 2.5L dual overhead cam shaft 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and an advanced direct electronic ignition for reliable power when you need it. It uses SKYACTIV®-G to get incredible performance and more fuel efficiency, using a compression ratio for fuel burning that’s over 15% more efficient than any similar engine on the market without it. This engine produces 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. It’s made with aluminum alloy for a lighter weight, and comes with your choice of front wheel drive or an Active Torque Split all wheel drive, Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWDtm , that will keep your car under control on any terrain. You can choose from a smooth-shifting SKYACTIV®-MT 6-speed overdrive transmission for the thrill of a manual, or a SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed Sport automatic transmission with a manual shift mode and a special Sport mode. This engine gets up to 7.9L/100 km hwy.

The 2016 Honda CR-V includes a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, which comes a variable valve timing and lift electronic control system. It produces 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque; while it does deliver a touch more horsepower than the Mazda CX-5, the torque suffers disproportionately. It includes a continuously variable transmission with a Sport mode, which affords less control over the gearshifts than the Mazda’s choice of 6-speed transmissions, and only gets up to 33 mpg highway.


The 2016 Mazda CX-5 was created with the KODO “Soul of Motion” design language. It captures the essence of power, with the poise and aggression of a predator stalking its prey. Each curve that’s carved onto the Mazda CX-5’s body was sculpted with wind-tunnel accuracy to move over the road with a minimum of air resistance, shifting the vehicle’s weight to the rear for stability and excellent handling. This creates a harmony between form and function that’s unprecedented in a compact sport utility vehicle. The Mazda CX-5 has plenty of exterior features and options that you simply won’t get standard on the Honda CR-V, like bright fog lights that cut through the gloom to show you the path ahead. You’ll also get signaling exterior mirrors that give the cars behind you an LED bright direction of where you’re going to turn, so it’s possible to maintain visibility no matter what. The alloy wheels provide a comfortable ride without bumping and jolting.

The Mazda CX-5 also has plenty of features for cargo that the CR-V doesn’t have, such as a load bearing exterior rack that lets you bring along even more gear, and a tow hitch receiver for all of your towing needs. Neither of these options are available on the CR-V. You’ll also get a remote tailgate release for ease of loading and unloading, something the CR-V lacks even with its easy-open power tailgate; while the CR-V’s tailgate may be easy to open, you still have to free up one hand to do it.

The Mazda CX-5 also includes a remote ignition option that lets you start your car with just the push of a button, a convenience standard on most cars today that the Honda CR-V noticeably lacks. Finally, the Mazda CX-5 gives you the option of a universal garage door opener to make it simple and easy to park. The CR-V doesn’t even include this as an option.


The 2016 Mazda CX-5 comes with features to keep you connected that the Honda CR-V just doesn’t have. On the Mazda CX-5, you can get the MAZDA CONNECTtm infotainment system, which includes every connective tech you’ll need to go about your day. This infotainment system lets you use your smartphone apps such as Internet streaming radio over the Mazda’s interface, as well as coming with unique Mazda telematics and Bluetooth technology for hands-free audio and phone call streaming. You’ll also get the Mazda navigation system, which provides GPS information in real-time over a unique platform. While the 2016 Honda CR-V does have its own tech features, it just doesn’t have this caliber of technology available on the first trim level–you’d have to upgrade your entire car to get this type of feature.

Pick the Mazda CX-5 Today

If you’re ready to get into the 2016 Mazda CX-5 today to make the right choice for you and your family, contact Harris Mazda today for a test drive! You can call us at +1 250-758-9125 or come by at 2525 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo.