2017 Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Does Honda Still Have It?

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Two great vehicles are the 2017 Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 and while both are superb choices, they each target different buyers. But does Honda still have it?

The latest version of the Honda CR-V is less boxy looking and it can haul around more cargo than the Mazda CX-5, so you might want to take this into account. It comes with 75.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, while the CX-5 offers 59 cubic feet and the load floor ensures loading heavy things is much easier.

There is plenty of technology in the Honda CR-V and the touch display has additional touch operated menu shortcut button along with the volume knob. The only issue is when changing between the Honda system and the Apple CarPlay system as it can be slow.

The Mazda CX-5 comes with the standard system of the car maker and dashboard mounted display along with console mounted controller. This does work very well but there are a lot of steps you have to go through and the controller is hard to reach. You don’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto either.

In all but the entry level of the Honda CR-V you get the 1.5 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine which offers up 190 horses. The Mazda CX-5 has the 2.5 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine offering 187 horses.

While both engines are superb and they both allow the vehicles to accelerate fast and offer up good fuel economy, it is the engine in the Mazda CX-5 that is more responsive than that of the Honda CR-V.

But do you still think that the Honda CR-V has the edge over the Mazda CX-5, let us know.

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