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Battle Of The Crossovers: 2017 Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5

By James Yu , Nov 25, 2016 08:31 AM EST
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Crossover vehicles are gaining popularity among car enthusiasts. Among the top options are the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. The question is, which will come out on top in the epic battle of crossovers between the 2017 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5?

The Crossover Powertrains

According to Motor Trend, the 2017 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 both have something good under the hood. The CR-V has two powertrain options from the original 2.4 liter Inline-4 engine putting out 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and the new 1.5 liter turbocharged Inline-4 that is capable of 190 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. These powertrains are matched with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), standard front wheel drive (FWD) and an optional all-wheel drive (AWD) drivetrain.

On the other hand, 2017 Mazda CX-5 offers a 2.2-liter turbodiesel Inline-4 engine putting out 173 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and also retains the engine from its previous model that includes the 2.5 and 2.0-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engines. These are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission along with an option for manual. Like the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-5 has a FWD and AWD drivetrain options.

The Crossover Designs And Features

Despite being both crossovers, they don't look the same at all. Opp Trends reported that the 2017 Honda CR-V is not much of a beauty. Some of the details found on its rear section were said to be unnecessary. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 on the other hand sports a design that shows its intent of being a top contender in the market. It was also mentioned that it has a more attractive look than the CR-V despite having a more simple design. Both crossovers feature a roomy cabin and standard infotainment systems. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also both supported by the two crossovers.

Comfort, Price And Release

Unfortunately, there are no details regarding its riding comfort at this point since both crossovers are not in the market yet. The 2017 Honda CR-V is set to be retailed next month at $25,000 as reported while the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is set to hit the market next spring, although its price tag is yet to be announced.

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