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2017 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2017 Honda CR-V

The compact SUV class has quickly become one of the most competitive markets in the automotive industry. Brands like Mazda, Honda, GMC, and Hyundai have committed to providing the best compact SUV available. However, it always seems like every year two models emerge from the pack, the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V. 2017 is no different, but who holds the edge? We will compare the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4-door front-wheel drive sport utility and the 2017 Honda CR-V LX 4-door front-wheel drive trims because those are the most affordable trims available.

We will compare the two compact SUV models' starting MSRP, engine specifications and capabilities, as well as their advanced technology because that's what we believe car buyers are most interested in and what will make the difference in their car-buying decision making.

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2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Honda CR-V
$24,045 MSRP $24,045
187 Horsepower 184
185 lb.-ft. Torque 180 lb.-ft.
Standard Voice Recognition Software Not Available

The 2017 Mazda CX-5's Superior Value

As you can see, the two compact SUVs are very similar and are quite close in many of the categories compared. They literally have the exact same MSRP, which goes to show how close the two models are to each other. Upon examination, however, you'll find that with the 2017 Mazda CX-5, you're getting superior value where it counts. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 comes with a 2.5-liter engine, just slightly larger than the 2017 Honda CR-V's 2.4-liter engine. The difference may seem negligible, but you'll notice when it comes to your horsepower and torque that every little bit matters.

You'll also notice when it comes to the available technology the difference between the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and 2017 Honda CR-V. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 comes with standard voice recognition software for no additional charge. The 2017 Honda CR-V, however, doesn't even have that technology available for additional purchase. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 also has an available navigation system, which the Honda CR-V does not, and has standard AM/FM/HD/Satellite radio, while the Honda CR-V only has AM/FM stereo standard.

This may seem like small and maybe even insignificant differences, but when it comes to buying a car, don't you want to get the very best value possible? When it comes to these two compact SUVs, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 holds a slight, but still apparent, edge over its competitor.

2017 Mazda CX-5 front view
2017 Mazda CX-5 front interior side view
2017 Mazda CX-5 full side interior view
2017 Mazda CX-5 Red rear view