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

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V
2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-5

Malin and Keno drivers often find it hard to choose their ideal family crossover; after all, there are many strong options on the market, including the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Mazda CX-5. That said, this is an important decision, with everything from efficiency to passenger protection affected by your choice. With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown of how the 2016 Honda CR-V stacks up against the 2016 Mazda CX-5.

Powertrains and MPG

A vehicle should come with plenty of trim levels to ensure that you can receive the type of technology you want, but no driver likes having to pay more money for the superior powertrain. That’s why the 2016 Honda CR-V comes with the same exceptional powertrain across all models:

  • CR-V Engine: A cutting-edge 2.4L four-cylinder engine sits at the heart of the CR-V, supplying up to 185 hp to deliver a highly responsive drive.
  • CR-V Transmission: Each model comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which uses a belt system in place of fixed gears. That means combining the effortless nature of manual with the ability to make up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway* with front-wheel drive (FWD), or 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway* with all-wheel drive (AWD).

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 takes a different path; entry-level models get a substandard 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0L engine, plus an old-fashioned manual transmission. You’ll have to pay out extra for the 2.5L; rated at 184 hp, it’s still slightly less powerful than the CR-V.

2016 Honda CR-V


The 2016 Honda CR-V really represents the ideal family crossover thanks to the minor but meaningful changes made throughout its body. Rear doors have been widened for easy access, the lack of a transmission tunnel means that the center-rear seat doesn’t protrude upwards, and a flat load-floor makes it easier to stow larger items or accommodate the family dog.

The CR-V is also noticeably more spacious than the 2016 Mazda CX-5.

  • Interior Volume: All passengers will have plenty of room to stretch out and relax in the CR-V thanks to its sprawling 141.3 cubic foot interior; the CX-5 comes in at just 137.9.
  • Standard Cargo Space: There is up to 37.2 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats of the CR-V vs. just 34.1 behind those of the CX-5.
  • Extended Cargo Space: Folding the rear seats of the CR-V down will net you up to 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space, while the CX-5 tops out at 64.8.
2016 Honda CR-V

Comfort and Convenience Features

The 2016 Honda CR-V’s interior is spacious and supremely well-designed, but it goes further than everyday practicality. You’ll also be able to take advantage of some of the most cutting-edge comfort and convenience features around, and many of them aren’t available with competitors like the 2016 Mazda CX-5. Some of these features include:

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines: Each and every CR-V comes with a rearview camera that displays three viewing modes (Normal, Wide, and Top-Down) and handy guidelines.
  • HondaLink Smartphone App Integration: Use the innovative HondaLink system to sync up your smartphone, then use a growing list of functions through the CR-V’s multimedia systems.
  • SMS Texting Function: Fitted as standard with every CR-V is an SMS function that can read your incoming texts aloud as you drive.
2016 Honda CR-V

Safety Features

The 2016 Honda CR-V continues to innovate beyond the 2016 Mazda CX-5 when it comes to protection technologies, offering the following Honda-Exclusive features to help keep you safe:

  • Honda LaneWatch: A camera positioned right below your passenger-side mirror can deliver a live-feed of your traditional blind-spot area to the 7-inch monitor —you’ll be able to see close to four times more than the mirror alone would show.
  • ACE Body: ACE stands for Advanced Compatibility Engineering, technology that helps the CR-V crumple intelligently upon impact to direct harmful collision energy away from occupants.

It’s breakthroughs such as these that allowed the 2016 Honda CR-V to earn a 5-Star Safety Rating** from the NHTSA compared to the 2016 Mazda CX-5’s 4 stars.

2016 Honda CR-V

The 2016 Honda CR-V Easily Outperforms the 2016 Mazda CX-5

With more space, a stronger standard engine, and a vastly more impressive list of standard and available features, the 2016 Honda CR-V ultimately proves itself superior to the 2016 Mazda CX-5. To drive yours today near Malin and Keno, just visit Klamath Falls Honda.

* 26 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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