The Honda CR-V is known as an SUV that does it all. This popular compact crossover is roomy, pleasant to drive, economical, relatively affordable, and packed with advanced safety features. Its rear seat and cargo hold are bigger than many larger SUVs’, yet it still has the low price and easy maneuverability of a small one.
But perhaps carrying the biggest possible load of cargo isn’t your top consideration. That’s when it becomes time to consider the Mazda CX-5. It offers sportier performance and higher-end interior finishings than the CR-V, all at similar prices. If that sounds potentially appealing, stay with us as we compare the CR-V and CX-5 in eight categories. Then, based on our experience testing both of these small suvs, we’ll share how you can choose which one is best for you — and which one is our own overall winner.