2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2012 Mazda
5 Sport

2011 Honda CR-V

10.0

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Average-sized back seats
48.2 ft3
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OK performance
18.8 lb/hp
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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
2012 Mazda 5 Sport

9.9

starting from

$19,990

Reasons to buy the Mazda 5 Sport

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Has 3 rows of seats
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Average number of passenger seats
6
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Average range on the highway
445 miles
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Average range in the city
334 miles
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Room for more than 60% more stuff, 72.9 ft3 vs 44.4 ft3
  • Almost the same, 55.6 ft3 vs 53.2 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic, Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The CR-V 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.8 lb/hp vs 21.8 lb/hp
  • More than 10% more powerful, 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 157 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Winner: 5 Sport
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  • The best price we've seen is $3,415 cheaper (more than 10% less), $19,990 vs $23,405
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers satellite radio
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 10.0 vs 9.9

Practicality

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Mazda
5 Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 6 The 5 Sport has the usual number of seats, while the CR-V has very few
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Highway driving range 428 miles vs 445 miles The 5 Sport has OK highway range, but the CR-V is very limited
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 44.4 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the 5 Sport has very little
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 53.2 ft3 The CR-V has average-sized front seats, while the 5 Sport is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Mazda
5 Sport
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 157 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The CR-V 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.8 lb/hp vs 21.8 lb/hp The CR-V has OK performance while the 5 Sport gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.8 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Mazda
5 Sport
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MSRP $23,405 vs $19,990 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 21 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Mazda
5 Sport
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Mazda
5 Sport
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Mazda
5 Sport
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 9.5 seconds The CR-V 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the 5 Sport is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 130 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph vs 17.1 s s @ 81.2 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.8 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Mazda
5 Sport
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs Unknown

Entertainment System

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Mazda
5 Sport
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The CR-V 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 5 Sport does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 5 Sport vs 3 i Touring
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Mazda CX-7 i SV 5 Sport vs CX-7 i SV
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 5 Sport vs Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 5 Sport vs Santa Fe
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 5 Sport vs 6 i Touring

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