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2018 Honda CRV or 2018 Mazda CX5?

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2017 - 2018 Honda CR-V
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Will be needing a vehicle soon for the family when my Teenage son starts driving soon. I currently own a 2007 Honda CRV and despite the recalls, I have been happy with it all these years for it's reliability and versatility. So we will be in the market for another vehicle next year and have been debating if I should go for the new CRV or go with the new CX5.

When the dealer gave us a loaner car, while the airbags for my CRV was on order, they gave us a 2015 Mazda CX5. It was pretty sparse in options, but found it fun to drive and quickly familiar with the way the vehicle performed. Like getting in a car we've own for years and quickly felt confident driving it.

After 5 months of driving the CX5, the parts for the CRV arrived and I was surprised that I found myself sad to return the CX5. My wife and I actually grew fond of it.

But getting the old CRV back was not too bad, in fact I am more excited about the features of the current generation with its turbo engine. What are most readers thoughts between the 2 models in their latest generations? Which would you go for and why? Is the new turbo engine going to be reliable in the long run if I go with the Honda?

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Response from Member3940

8:26 am May 18, 2017

I think you need to drive the new CRV for a fair comparison. I think you will be shocked at how much they have improved since 2007. I have a 2016 EX-L with 26,000 troublefree miles on it and I like it a lot. If I had known of the many changes and improvements that the 2017 has, I would have waited.

I would lean toward the CRV because because they are so popular, replacement and aftermarket parts are more readily available and cheaper. It also has more space inside, gets better fuel economy and has a higher resale value.

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Response from MASTERNC

9:33 am May 18, 2017

I haven't driven either new model, so I can't speak for one over the other. I did try the 2015 CX-5 before buying my CR-V- while I liked the way the CX-5 drove better, I ended up with the latter mainly because the interior was much better (down to leather on the front console box/armrest, versus plastic in the Mazda). Mazda upped the interior materials in the 2016 model (including adding leather to the armrest), and even more so with the latest version (especially the top trims). I think both offer compelling packages, but Mazda is supposed to be coming out with a diesel version at the end of this year. I drive a ton, so I am eyeing that to see how it turns out (and maybe that will be my next car if I like it enough).

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Response from jim

7:41 pm July 18, 2017

In a general sense I have always found the Mazda to be more fun driving and better handling. The early Mazda's has some input from Lotus, a top notch suspension source but this may not suit everyone. It sounds like to me you like the feel tho. Some prefer an old catallac which would drive me crazy but to each their own.

Also I have had several CRV's and Mazda's and both have been very reliable. I selected the CRV because of the interior space not due to the driving feel. It was more practical for hauling a Great Dane in. Both are great cars

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Response from Needler

4:56 pm July 23, 2017

I have been researching these models TO DEATH as I am also in the market for a new car with emphasis on RELIABILITY.

I have had a Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring Edition for 9 years and have over 100,000 miles on it. The fun of driving a Mazda is no joke. They are zippy and aren't lying about the "zoom zoom". However.... I cannot in good conscience ever buy another Mazda. The longevity just isn't there. I took extremely good care of this car; even the dealer commented more than once about how diligent I was. In the last 3 months, I have sunk $5000 into it and am trying to get the thing to last 1-2 more years. :-(

Honda's are known for nothing if not reliability. No, they aren't particularly a blast to drive, but keeping one for 15 years is not atypical.

BUT, I also would never buy another car with turbo. I didn't realize how hard turbo is on an engine and that it is not intended to last more than 100-110,000 miles. I just replaced mine and it was painful.

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