2016 Honda CR-V vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5
College Place and Kennewick drivers who take the time to compare the 2016 Honda CR-V to the 2016 Mazda CX-5 seldom take long to choose between the two. The CR-V’s sophisticated powertrain outdoes the CX-5 in terms of both power and efficiency, and the Honda’s roomier interior is packed with plenty of technologies that aren’t available with the Mazda. For a family-friendly compact crossover, there’s a reason that the CR-V is so ubiquitous.
Powertrains and MPG
The powertrain of the 2016 Honda CR-V represents one of its most attractive attributes. Instead of forcing College Place drivers to pay more for the type of power and efficiency that you deserve, the CR-V pairs a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with a state-of-the-art continuously variable transmission (CVT) across all trim levels. You’ll enjoy a strong, confident drive thanks to the engine’s 185-hp output, all while the CVT expertly refines that power to achieve 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway* in FWD models.
In stark contrast, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 shortchanges entry-level trims with a disappointing 2.0L four-cylinder that makes just 155 hp. The result is a sluggish, unresponsive ride, despite the fact that you’ll still be making 26 mpg in the city. You could pay extra for the 184-hp 2.5L alternative, but you’ll still be receiving slightly less power than the CR-V is able to deliver.
The 2016 Honda CR-V is roomy enough to fit the entire family comfortably, and has been redesigned with larger rear doors and a completely flat middle rear seat. That makes it the crossover of choice for Kennewick drivers who tend to ride with all seats occupied, and it’s a significant improvement over the cargo ratings of competitors like the 2016 Mazda CX-5. Here’s how the two compare:
Standard Cargo Space: With all seats occupied, there’s up to 37.2 cubic feet in the CR-V vs. just 34.1 in the CX-5.
Extended Cargo Space: Fold the rear seats to boost your cargo capacity to an impressive 70.9 cubic feet in the CR-V vs. just 64.8 in the CX-5.
If you need plenty of room to take anything from the weekly shop to your luggage, the 2016 Honda CR-V is going to suit your better than the 2016 Mazda CX-5.
Both the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Mazda CX-5 are available with a comprehensive selection of the latest driver-assistance features, including:
Lane Departure Warning System
Adaptive Cruise Control
Forward Collision Warning
Collision Mitigation Braking System
The CR-V Remains the Country’s Undisputed Top-of-the-Line Compact Crossover
Superior safety ratings and a more generous powertrain are able to easily elevate the 2016 Honda CR-V over average competitors like the 2016 Mazda CX-5. If you’d like to find out more or take a test-drive near Kennewick, don’t hesitate to visit Walla Walla Valley Honda in College Place, WA.
* 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.