Whether you’re loading up luggage, sports equipment, small furniture items, or anything else, it’s important to pick an SUV with the room you need. The CR-V and CX-5 both offer plenty of space for cargo, but the Honda SUV shines the brightest in this area. When both seating rows are in use, the CR-V’s cargo area holds 39.3 cubic feet — quite a bit more than the Mazda CX-5’s 30.8 cubic feet. When the second row is folded flat, the CR-V’s big advantage gets even more impressive: 76.5 cubic feet to 59.3 cubic feet for the CX-5.
You won’t feel cramped in either the CR-V or the CX-5, but Honda boasts the more spacious option. The CR-V lets front passengers stretch out with 41.3 inches of legroom, and the second row nearly matches that with 41 inches. That’s more than enough for most adults to fit with room to spare. The Mazda CX-5 can’t quite measure up, providing just 39.6 inches of legroom for second-row passengers.
Standard Features and Amenities
The Honda CR-V outmatches the Mazda CX-5 with a more generous selection of standard features and amenities for you to enjoy. For example, the CR-V’s entry-level EX trim comes equipped with heated front seats, a 10-way power lumbar driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a one-touch power moonroof. The base CX-5 2.5 S model doesn’t include any of these features, which means you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to get them.
Powertrains and Efficiency
Looking to save at the pump? The Honda CR-V is the clear choice. Its standard inline-four turbo engine gets up to 28 city mpg and 34 highway mpg. The Mazda CX-5 only manages 24 city mpg and 30 highway mpg. For CR-V shoppers, the news gets even better — you can also opt for a 204-horsepower hybrid powertrain that achieves up to 43 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway! Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 lineup doesn’t offer a hybrid option at all.
To learn more about why the 2023 Honda CR-V is such a solid SUV choice, contact our team here at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, California.
 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX & EX-L trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX & EX-L trims. 43 city/36 highway/40 combined mpg rating for the 2WD Sport trim. 40 city/34 highway/37 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport & Sport Touring trims. Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.
 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.
See why some families in Vallejo choose the Honda CR-V over the 2022 Toyota RAV4 or 2022 Subaru Forester.
2022 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4: Spaciousness
Both SUVs are in the same model classification, but the CR-V is a bit bigger than the RAV4, measuring a few inches longer. This difference — combined with its space-maximizing cabin design — gives the Honda CR-V a more spacious interior in these ways:
- More legroom for rear-row passengers (40.4 vs. 37.8 inches)
- More headroom for front-row occupants (40.1 vs. 37.7 inches)
- More hip room for riders in both rows (a difference of 1-2 inches)
Total cargo space is also more generous in the 2022 CR-V than the RAV4. The Honda SUV offers 75.8 cubic feet of space with the second row folded flat, while the Toyota SUV’s total cargo space is smaller by approximately 6 cubic feet.
2022 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4: Standard Features
The CR-V and RAV4 have roughly the same starting price, with the base MSRP of the CR-V being a tad lower. Yet, there are some standard features included on the base CR-V LX that you won’t find on the basic RAV4 LE. These include heated front seats and remote engine start — both of which are big conveniences on chilly mornings.
2022 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4: Safety Tools
The Honda CR-V Comes with the Honda Sensing® suite and the Toyota RAV4 comes with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, which both have many of the same driver-assistance technologies. However, there are some features you’ll find on the base CR-V LX that aren’t on the basic RAV4 LE. For example, the Honda SUV has a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera instead of a basic backup camera, and it has Road Departure Mitigation. A standard security feature the CR-V has is Walk Away Auto Lock.
2022 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester: Spaciousness
The CR-V continues its track record of being a spacious SUV by measuring taller and wider than the Forester (though nearly the same in length). That translates to a few more inches of legroom for second-row passengers — which is a valuable quality if you have growing children — and over 10 extra cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear row. If you plan on transporting a lot of luggage or gear on a regular basis while having all seats occupied, you should opt for the 2022 CR-V.
2022 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester: Stronger performance
Subaru SUVs have a reputation for being bold and rugged, so you may be surprised to learn that the standard engine on the 2022 Honda CR-V is more powerful. Both motors are turbocharged four-cylinder units, but the CR-V produces more horsepower and more lb-ft of torque at its peak.
2022 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester: Fuel efficiency
Do you think that extra power makes the engine in the CR-V less efficient than the one in the Forester? Again, the CR-V outdoes the Forester in terms of average fuel economy according to the EPA. The 2022 CR-V is rated at 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway, while the Forester is rated at 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
If the 2022 Honda CR-V sounds like the SUV for your family in Vallejo, you can find it for sale at Avery Greene Honda. We invite you to visit our dealership and take a closer look at the Honda vehicles that we have in stock.
 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $875.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.
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