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2024 Mazda CX-50 vs. 2024 Honda CR-V Comparison – Kelley Blue Book

If there’s one vehicle that appeals to an incredibly wide swath of buyers, it’s the compact SUV. These vehicles tout practicality, efficiency, comfort, and manners and are large enough to carry five passengers and gear without being overly cumbersome to drive. Two of the most appealing models are the Mazda CX-50 and Honda CR-V.

The Honda CR-V is a familiar name, as it helped create the small SUV segment nearly three decades ago. The Mazda CX-50, meanwhile, is a fresher face. Let’s see how these two compare.

2024 Mazda CX-50

2024 Mazda CX-50 at sunrise.

The Mazda CX-50 is a newer entry in the compact SUV class, joining Mazda’s lineup last year. Similar in size and name to the veteran Mazda CX-5, the CX-50 is tougher-looking and more off-road-oriented. The CX-50 distinguishes itself with robust and scratch-resistant fender flares, high-strength roof rails, and enhanced ground clearance. Pricing begins at $30,300.

Like all current Mazda SUVs, the CX-50 comes standard with traction-enhancing all-wheel drive (AWD). Furthering the CX-50’s adventurous spirit, this model has a dedicated off-road mode that optimizes the powertrain when the asphalt ends. Still, across its eight trims, the CX-50 retains what we call – and fans know of – as “Mazda-ness.” That is to say, it’s also highly engaging to drive on the road. In another modern Mazda trait, the CX-50 boasts an interior and exterior design that is a cut above the mainstream.

Mazda CX-50 Highlights

Turbo engine: This optional engine really invigorates the CX-50 with up to 256 horsepower and a seriously stout 320 lb-ft of torque. Those are meaninful upgrades over the standard engine’s 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. The CR-V doesn’t offer a horsepower upgrade, using a 190-hp engine in all trim levels.

Premium feel: If you haven’t stepped inside a Mazda recently, prepare to be impressed. From premium materials and elegant lines to literally the way the steering wheel and various knobs feel, the Mazda CX-50’s cabin is a wonderful place. The CR-V has a grown-up feel but does not approach premium levels.

Impressive tech: From the latest active safety and driver-assist features to standard wireless Apple CarPlay integration, the CX-50 boasts tech that is cool and convenient. The CR-V opts for a touchscreen interface in its center stack, a difference in approach that ergonomics nerds can debate.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the CX-50 models for sale near you.

2024 Honda CR-V

2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

The Honda CR-V hardly needs introduction, carrying a name that is known in households nationwide and boasting a reputation for reliability that stretches decades. In fact, the CR-V debuted in the U.S. back in 1997 and was an immediate hit. This model hasn’t looked back since. It has sold over 6 million units in the U.S. and has been Honda’s best-selling model every year since 2017.

That kind of reputation and sales success was earned, not granted. And the Honda CR-V has gained it by being supremely practical, reliable, and efficient. The latest generation debuted just last year, meaning this new model is very fresh. In addition to offering a standard 190-horsepower turbo engine, the CR-V can also be had as a hybrid that earns up to 40 mpg combined. The 2024 Honda CR-V starts at $29,500.

Honda CR-V highlights

HondaSensing: This suite of active safety features and driver assists is standard in the CR-V and includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist, to name just a few. The CR-V is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+, while the CX-50 is a Top Safety Pick.

Cargo room: Honda has long had a knack for making vehicles roomier than you might think. Case in point, the latest CR-V boasts 76.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded – that’s over 20 cubic feet more than the CX-50.

Resale value: Both the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-50 have exceptional resale value, but the Honda just edges its rival in this respect.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the CR-V models for sale near you. 


Both of these compact SUVs are available in a wide range of trims, start around the same price, and boast excellent resale value.


This is a choice between two winners. The Mazda CX-50 is the more adventurous of the two and can be had with a more powerful engine. The Honda CR-V, on the other hand, has more cargo room, can be had as a hybrid, and comes at a slightly lower starting price. It’s also our Best Buy Award winner in its segment. Which of these traits will win you over?

 2024 Mazda CX-50 2024 Honda CR-V
Starting Price $30,300 $29,500
Popular Powertrains 
Engine 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower 187 hp @ 6,000 rpm 190 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 179 lb-ft @ 1,700 – 5,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic CVT automatic
Fuel Economy 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/27 mpg combined 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway/30 mpg combined
Also Available 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder AWD; hybrid
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety TBD 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 110.8 inches 106.3 inches
Overall Length 185.8 inches 184.8 inches
Width 80.8 inches 73.5 inches
Height 63.5 inches 66.5 inches
Turning Diameter 36.0 feet 37.3 feet
Headroom, Front 39.1 inches 40 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.6 inches 38.2 inches
Legroom, Front 41.7 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 39.8 inches 41.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.9 inches 57.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 53.6 inches 55.9 inches
Cargo Volume 31.4/56.3 cubic feet 39.3/76.5 cubic feet

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