The 2017 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are both great models but each has a clear focus that targets different sets of buyers. So, does the Honda still have an edge over its rival?

The latest CR-V is less boxy this time around and it offers a greater cargo-hauling ability than the Mazda. Its 75.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume beats the CX-5’s 59 cubic feet and its low load floor makes loading heavy things much easier.

Honda’s back seat is also much larger with its added two inches of back legroom. Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 looks great to the eyes and its cabin boasts a premium vibe with upscale design and materials.

Let’s Get Techy

Honda’s latest CR-V’s touchscreen display comes with additional touch-operated menu shortcut button as well as the beloved volume knob. However, switching between Apple CarPlay and Honda systems can be frustratingly slow.

The Mazda, on the other hand, gets the automaker’s standard system with a dash-mounted screen and console-mounted controller. Although it works wells, there are just too many steps when using the audio system plus, the controller is a bit too far to reach. On top of that, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto isn’t available for this model yet.

Power Makes The World Go Round

Honda’s CR-V, all but the base model, is equipped with a 1.5L turbo four mill churning out 190 horsepower while the Mazda CX-5 comes with a 2.5L naturally aspirated four cylinder worth 187 horsepower.

Despite both being superb engines with strong acceleration and great fuel economy, the Mazda’s engine is the more responsive engine whereas the CR-V’s engine is much smoother and offers a peaceful ride.

Well, do you think Honda still has the edge here?