Incredibly balanced with form and function, the 2021 Honda CR-V combines a sporty appearance and a long list of technology and other features. The standard turbocharged engine also has plenty of power that blends in with the CR-V's handling capabilities, providing a fun drive.

The 2021 Honda CR-V has several competitors in the compact crossover segment, including the Mazda CX-5. Here, we make some comparisons in key areas to help you understand how the CR-V stands up to the competition.

The 2021 Honda CR-V is more efficient

Honda includes a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder powertrain in each model. The engine develops 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, this performance is virtually the same as the CX-5's standard 2.5-litre naturally aspirated engine, but the CR-V's fuel economy shadows the CX-5.

The FWD CR-V earns an efficiency rating of 8.3 L/100 km in the city and 7.0 L/100 km on the highway, which is much better than the 2.5-litre FWD CX-5 at 9.7 L/100 km in the city and 7.8 L/100 km on the highway. The CR-V AWD is rated at 8.7/7.4 L/100 km. This is much lower than the 2.5-litre AWD CX-5 at 9.8 L/100 km in the city and 7.9 L/100 km on the highway, and even better when compared to the turbo AWD CX-5 at 10.8 L city and 8.7 L highway.

The CX-5 has two powertrains, a 2.5-litre four-cylinder that is similar in power to the CR-V and a turbo version that focuses on performance, but is incredibly less efficient than the CR-V as mentioned above. 

The 2021 Honda CR-V is more lifestyle- and family-friendly

The CR-V's satisfying interior features more individual occupant capacity than the CX-5. It has more front head, leg, and shoulder room along with more rear head and shoulder room.

When it is important to have enough volume for passengers and cargo, the CR-V also pulls ahead of the CX-5. Every CR-V has up to 2,146 litres of cargo volume behind the front seats and with the rear seats folded. The CX-5 only manages up to 1,688 litres behind its front seats. The CR-V also features 1,065 litres of cargo volume behind the rear seats, which is much more capable than the CX-5's 875 litres.

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