2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the HR-V and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

There are over 79 percent more Honda dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the HR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the CX-5 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the CX-5:

 

 

 

MPG

HR-V

 

 

 

 

FWD

1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

LX 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

 

 

Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

CX-5

 

 

 

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

 

Grand Touring Reserve/Signature 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda HR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The HR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The HR-V stops much shorter than the CX-5:

 

HR-V

CX-5

 

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5 Sport/Touring’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

The HR-V is 8.7 inches shorter than the CX-5, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The CX-5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the CX-5, including $78 less for a muffler, $6 less for front brake pads, $201 less for fuel injection and $13 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda HR-V will be $3684 to $3782 less than for the Mazda CX-5.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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