Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4: 2019 Compact-SUV Comparison Test

Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4: 2019 Compact-SUV Comparison Test

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Outside. Of pickup trucks small. Crossover, SUVs, are the most popular, class of vehicles, considering. How versatile, convenient. And easy to drive they are it's really no surprise. Last year we pitted our favorites at the Honda CRV and Mazda, cx-5 against, the sales leading, Toyota, rav4 but, that really wasn't such a fair fight considering, the rav4 was just about to be redesigned, this. Year the rav4 is the new kid on the block while. The Mazda hond have gotten some key updates that means this, battle should be closer than ever before as always. You can get more information and great. Deals on these three vehicles and all of their competitors at, edmunds.com. Also. We've got more comparison, videos coming up so make sure to subscribe but. Back to these three we've, got the Toyota the Mazda and the Honda all have, an MSRP, between, 35, and $38,000. All, three, seat five offer all-wheel. Drive and come with a full suite of active, driver safety aides but which one does it best let's, meet our fighters. This. Is the Honda CRV in touring trim it's friendly, and predictable, but is it stellar or a sneeze, err oh, wait. I forgot to tell you what's new on the Honda it now comes with a volume. The. Last time we ran this test the mazda cx5 got big points for performance, and refinement. This, time around it gets a new turbocharged. Engine, as well as a tough signature, trim those. Promised more power and luxury, than ever before. Well. Brace yourselves, because this is the 2019. Toyota, rav4, limited, all-wheel, drive, for 2019. Toyota, completely, redesigned, the rav4 from, the ground up it's more powerful has, more technology, and more off-road, capability. But, more than that it's got way more attitude, both, inside, and out. Still. The old rav4, lost. The comparison, test last time around does this redesign give the rav4 the edge it needs to win let's, find out, when. It comes to bragging rights the Mazda cx-5 is the most powerful in the bunch with 250. Horsepower the. Toyota rav4 is next with 203, horses and the CRV is third with only 190, but. What's in a number when. We tested the car zero to sixty times at the Edmunds track the cx-5 was quickest that's no surprise but the rav4 took, a whopping 8.9 seconds, to hit 60 well the CRV did it in only 7.9. Power. Isn't, everything obviously, the numbers don't, tell the whole story to find out how these cars stack up we're gonna have to drive them in their natural habitats, this. Suburbs, let's, hit the road. We'll, Ilana. This. Is the Mazda cx-5 which I consider the prettiest, the, best driving of the bunch for, a number, of reasons it's got more power and, I, think. The suspension, is just tuned a little more sporty, do, you think that the, sportiness and the power makes you feel more like a dad or more like you're on a road trip with your super, attractive, and fun friends I don't, know how to answer number. Two, yeah. It does, it doesn't feel like I'm, sacrificing. Driving.

Engagement For. The convenience of driving an SUV how. Do you feel about that upgraded, engine though do you think that's worth the extra money it's a pretty big price bump I don't see, a big enough difference between, that and the base engine the, base engine already has plenty of punch I think, feels like they have aimed for. Luxury. A little more than sport, like a premium, feel the engine just doesn't, have a, very, sporty, response, even though it's strong the, Mazda is fast. But. It, really wants you to know that it's working hard for it like it's like I am going to be very loud about this it doesn't sound terrible. Though it almost has that weird, Subaru, flutter here, we go. Right, it doesn't sound like you're hurting the engine that sounds decent it's almost at the point where it encourage you to drive just, a little bit harder but, it does sort, of sound like it's going like wow. This. Is a nice looking interior, you, are paying. More for it in this car Mazda. Is making this push to be more, of an entry-level luxury brand, and you know what the materials, quality I think is better than the other two I like. The design it's less cluttered, you know are you gonna buy this against an Audi probably, not so. I have two USBs, under, my elbow hey, Alana how many USBs do you have back there I don't. See any trick. It's. Behind you it's in that center. Armrest you have to flip it down and, that's. Also where the seat heater, controls, are which seems like a really bad place for both you. Aren't lying all, right good. How's. Comfort. Wise back there if we were going a long distance I would prefer to be on one of the side seats because there's a big hump in the floor here and it. Makes it sort of awkward there's nobody else in here so it's fine right now but I wouldn't want to be in here with, other people or with car, seats how's the comfort up there well. You're pretty particular about seat comfort look I am they're pretty supportive they're, a little narrower than they need to be a little more sport. Oriented but, the, support is good and the cushioning is pretty good I mean I like. Sitting in the Mazda it's one I can sit in every day it. Really does feel like more of a four passenger vehicle. Though with the placement, of the seat heaters and USB ports and sort, of the narrowness of that back seat just, doesn't feel like it's meant to carry five people, which might be a reason why I like it I like smaller, cars I like cars that feel like it's wrapping around you're, almost wearing them and this, certainly has that feel. Three cars in this test this is the one I would take if I was going on a road trip with my friends it, just feels like most adult, fun car yeah, this is also the car with the best stereo, in the group which, means that when I get sick of listening to you guys talk I can just drown you out. Yeah. We're, in the Honda CRV and mark before we started this test you told me that I was gonna be surprised by the Honda yes you, were right everything. About it is better than I expected it to be the performance the, comfort even the styling, outside and inside is, just not, as soul-sucking. As I associate, with small, SUVs and we. Have this conversation marriage, so you can keep tabs on the Rugrats in the back that's, good I need supervision stop, that. The, biggest surprise for me though was. It, actually moves out I mean I'm, not gonna look crazy I'm not gonna say it's fast but, it is considerably. Faster than I was expecting it to be but it's only a second. Slower to 60 than the much more powerful cx-5. And it. Has a CVT, which generally. Have a tendency, to suck, the life out of any car it's. Impressive how they tuned it how they engineered it it just works I think, that if you put somebody in this car and you had them guess the powertrain they would never say 1.5. Liter turbo, 4 with a CVT but, handling, wise I mean not, that it's a priority, for a lot of people how does it feel behind the wheel it's. Certainly not scary, I mean you're not gonna worry about driving. On a twisty, roads like oh man I've got to slow down to like 30 miles an hour and you know everyone behind me is gonna be mad as, far as right quality though I really, like it it's smooth it's got the right amount of compliance to soak.

Up All the bumps this, is just a much nicer ride quality, oh yeah I mean comfort. Is probably the first word I would think of to describe this the seats, are big and plush they're, supportive. Enough, I, really. Think SUV, manufacturers. Tend to err on the side of making the seats like really stiff like oh man everybody wants to be in a sports car and it's like nope nope I want to feel like I'm in a recliner I want. The car to be quiet and, I want everything to be soft and gentle speaking, of quiet the floor. Yeah, it doesn't sound bad it does not as nice and engine note as the cx-5, but, it, doesn't sound like you're hurt in the car I also, don't think it's very loud I mean, that was floored and if I have music on I don't even think he'd hear it okay, well how's the back seat the back, seat in here is I mean there's a lot of space back here I actually, think the side seats are really comfortable the. Center seat is wide. Enough, I actually think you could fit, three people across, here especially if, you're dealing with kids, this, is actually, a five, person SUV, for a family. Among. The many things that are easy in the Honda visibility. Is one there's plenty of room to see around the front pillars the, rear window is big and you could see out even if there were three people in the back seat talking. About surprises in the CRV I expected, it to cost, more than it does I did. Too and this is the top trim and it comes in just a few hundred dollars under the rav4 which means both of them are, a couple thousand, dollars less than the Mazda it's impressive you get a lot for that money yeah, and I mean it's really practical, there's, a lot of smart, solutions, and and thoughtful, design it's a car, that does. Everything you need it to it really helps you get, everything that you need to do done, but, it actually goes a little bit above and beyond that mission, it's it's a little nicer than just practical, yeah it solves, all of your problems and, it's a little bit fun. Welcome. To the rav4, this. Is completely. Redesigned, for 2019. So it's the newest vehicle in the bunch it's, also in some ways the oldest, the rav4 was, really the vehicle that started. This small SUV, craze it's. Clearly, changed, a lot since then for starters, it is much. Bigger in here it's huge in here actually I mean I know you meant that the whole car was bigger but it. Is, impossible for a front seat to be too big like I feel like I'm bouncing around, I actually. Am totally, fine back here I've got a ton of room, underneath the seat I my, knees aren't banging, into, anything and Alana's, seat has actually moved further, back than what she normally needs, I. Totally. Fine back here but that said I didn't, go on the Rav 48, tour so, I'm probably, not the best person to talk about long, distance comfort, yes. Ilana and I each, took a turn driving, a RAV 48, across, all 48 contiguous states, in just seven days which. Meant we spent a lot of uninterrupted, time sitting, in these seats a, lot, of the things that came up are still. Things that are coming up. Yeah. I mean obviously the. Weazy engine, you know and I actually, had issues with seat, comfort in this car on a long drive, I found the front passenger seat just a little uncomfortable these, headrests, are sort of aggressive from, the three cars we have here today this, has got to be my least favorite to sit in for a long time one of the things that, going on a long road trip in winter meant for testing this car is that we got to see what it was like in snow and ice, yeah, I mean it handled all of that stuff fine you know the vehicle sort of is the only one of this group that makes any, even, nod towards, being off-road, capable, even in this street. Oriented. Feature. Filled, version, you get a terrain. Select, knob you have a button specifically. For a snow, mode in the car and, it handles those things perfectly. Fine but. We're talking really, light off-roading, do you feel like the big weakness is brown clearance, or do you feel like the big weakness, is the fact that it can barely make it up a paved hill.

The. Fact that you get all that torque way up high in the rev range and there's, no low-range. Gearbox in, here means this is not. At all a serious off-road er let's. See what happens when you actually stand on this car. And. You can. You, can hear, and feel, the, shifts, are just sort of slow, and a little slushy it's not the best transmission. I feel. Bad I feel bad for this car I think it's embarrassed, there is a solution. To, the problem of this engine fortunately, for about 800, bucks over a regular all-wheel drive model you can get the rav4 hybrid, which makes a bunch more torque and the electric motor is actually fill, in some of that low-end, torque that you miss and. You get 40 miles to the gallon it, is an amazing, deal and I, think if you were gonna buy one of these that's. The one that you get of. Course most people want. One. Nice thing about the rav4 it actually has the best visibility of all three, the pillars are relatively, narrow and they're places that they don't, get in the way of your view has, nice big mirrors, it's got a big view out the back it, even has in this, trim a camera, mirror, just, in case you've packed, the back up with so much stuff that the regular mirror won't work I. Definitely. Think the rav4 is one of those vehicles where, it. Was first, to the market it has a great reputation people, still, believe, in that great reputation, and when you actually get in the new one. Got. Laurels they're being rested on. The, Mazda cx-5 is, gorgeous. On the outside but it's also really, nice on the inside too it's. My choice as far as refinement. In luxury go if you look at the design it's, simple. But elegant it, also gets my vote for the best infotainment, system, and I use those quite a bit sure. Apple, carplay evens, the playing field some but this. Is the only one when these knobs here that we've become accustomed to from BMW Audi and, Mercedes but. It's also a touchscreen and that's, great because apple.

Carplay It lends itself to being a touchscreen, technology. Is also well represented because, it has a head-up display that, makes it unique among this. Group it allows. You to keep, your eyes on the road but still see all the vital information you, need including, navigation. Turn-by-turn, prompts, speed, limit signs it, all puts, it right there right in front of your view. Materials. Quality is excellent. Throughout. It, fights. Well above its weight class, when it comes to the interior everything. That you touch is nice. Soft touch material, and it's well grained and it has excellent, stitching, throughout with Mazda eyeing the entry-level, luxury market. This, is a really, promising, start. When. It comes to interior storage however it's. Not at the top of its game I actually think the rav4 and CRV. Beat it but I do, have more, than enough space for my, stuff if I, had a car, full of people that, might be a little challenging, there. Isn't a wireless, charging pad unfortunately. You have two USB ports under, here to. Moderate, release size cup holders and the. Bins, and the doors you. Can put a decent size water ball in there but not, much else when. It comes to visibility, the cx-5 is a little, bit challenged, this. Roof, pillar here in front is pretty, thick, that, means in a really sharp left turn you kind of have to Bob your head back, and forth to see past it another. Bright spot in technology. Is the, driver assistance, features that, the cx-5, has it. Doesn't have more than the others but I can, ten that it's better tune I didn't. Get any false alarms, for, a frontal collision or for lane keep assist and, the. Other assistance, like the adaptive, cruise control is full, range all the way down to a stop. Even. Better it, reacts, more, like I Drive, it just drives nice and smooth in a. Logical, manner that the, rav4 seems, to be challenged, by even, more. Toyota. Definitely, gave the, interior, of the rav4 an, upgrade, in terms of design, personality. And material. Quality everywhere. You look the design is solid, there's some, contrasting. Colors and textures, most. Of what you touch is soft. Touch padded. Materials, there are definitely. Still hard plastics, around to bump into but. It's. Not that objectionable, in this class it's, also nice they've added some rubberized. Knobs these, chunky. Climate, control knobs and the the chunky grab handles, on the door, interior. Storage space is. Interesting. It's, not as, good as the CRV, it's a little better than the, cx-5. You, get a big, tray for your cell phone on higher trim levels it's a wireless charging pad which some people really like the. Center console box is relatively, small but to make up for that you have these nice, little shelves, that, are placed around the cabin that neither of the other vehicles, have they're big, enough for a cell phone they're pretty useful something.

Else I'd point out that I like in this, vehicle versus, the other two is the really, big sunroof. There's a lot of light that comes in through that this. Is a top, trim vehicle. So you'd expect all, the goodies on this and it has stuff like dual zone climate control, with. A separate, cutoff for the backseat, you have heated, seats and of course the technology features, one. Thing you don't get is a heated steering wheel you also don't, get ventilated. Seats which you can get on that cx-5, even, on the base trim you get a pretty good set of active, safety features this. Car has the whole package it has adaptive, cruise control and lane keep assist, those. Features work ok if, at speed, but once you get into stop and go traffic it, just doesn't know how to behave it, wants to leave a lot of room between the. Rav4 and the vehicle in front overall. It doesn't, behave, the way that you'd want, when you're in stop-and-go traffic one. Thing this vehicle offers that, the other two don't is Lane centering, now what that does is it tries to keep you centered. In the lane rather than sort of ping-ponging. Back and forth between the lane markers, like with regular lane keep assist, it's. A system that works well at speed but when I'm driving around town or on my commute I just, want it turned off because. It is always, beeping. At you loses. Track of the right lane it beeps at you it drops out of lane centering too regularly and keep it beeps at you it goes back it beeps at you loses, track to the left lane it beeps, at you you drift a little too far it beeps at you every once in a while it gets you a false positive and beeps, at you it just, is always making. Noise. It's. One of those things that's kind of nice to have on a long freeway, cruise but, when I'm driving around the, city or when I'm on my commute I just, want it turned off, Toyota. Gave this a pretty big infotainment, screen you get a volume, knob and a tuning knob unlike, the CRV, you, get hard buttons so it's easy to navigate, between the different menus that you want to use. Unfortunately. It's just not the easiest system overall, it, doesn't look fantastic the. The graphics, look a little low resolution, and dated and some. Of the functions, are a little harder to access, than I'd like it took me a little while to figure out how to pair bluetooth on my phone and sadly. The rav4 only. Offers, apple, carplay and not Android, auto which, means about 50% of smartphone users are, out, in the cold you can download the, Entune, connected, app that, gives you a little, bit more, functionality. But it's not, the easiest thing to use I would, rather just use. Bluetooth, and then I guess. Rely, on the kind, of lame nav in this car they. Came to this generation, after the, CRV, and cx-5. So they had an opportunity to leapfrog them, and instead, what they've done is make something that's fine. It gets the job done it does, things you need to do there, one, or two nice things it's a little bit more rugged and off-road e you can get the hybrid version beyond. That what you have here is a vehicle that just doesn't. Seem to offer as much as its competitors the. SI, rvs biggest strength in its interior is the, use of space there's so much of it the, console is really low so it doesn't get in your upper body area lots, of room for your elbows lots of room for your passenger, the, console doesn't come out too far so it doesn't hit your knees just. In general the driving position is comfortable and it gives you a lot of room all around you the materials. Are a mix of soft coverings, and hard, plastics, which, is pretty much to be expected in a car at this price range everywhere. You're actually touching. It's. Pretty nice and squishy the. Thing Honda has going for it is not just that there's a lot of space but it makes smart use of it the console, is divided into specific and convenient, little cubbies including. A sliding tray that you can put your phone on or, you can tuck it away where the USB ports are even. Though I like the design of the center stack I think Honda made some weird choices about where it put some of the controls like the economy button, is huge, and over here and, the. Other driving, buttons. Like the things for your, lane watch and. The. Emergency, braking morning, that's over here it seems like all those driving things should be in the same place there's. Also this. Big screen but, only like this much of it is being, used I don't understand, that decision, I do love the fact that they added in a volume knob I mean we joke about it but this.

Is A really valuable thing I. Like. The layout of the dash on the CRV, it, has this cool design for, the fuel, gauge and for, the temperature although, it's, not super legible, so definitely, sacrificing. Style Plus, even though it has a digital dash in the middle they, got really stingy on the controls for cycling. Through that menu and, you have to switch it using this information button to say whether you're want to control the center menu or you want to control the menu on the screen it's, very confusing and. Awesome to do while you're driving the, CRV, has adaptive, cruise control and it works really well you can set it even at a very low speed you. Can change the speed that you want it to go at and I, felt like overall, the, car does a good job of, controlling, its, speed on the freeway depending. On the traffic but. It's. A very, very, small icon, on the dash that tells you when it's on and because, it's very easy to turn it off by like tapping the brake or something I feel. Like it's dangerous to not have it be more obvious I know Honda can make a really obvious warning because, when the emergency braking warning, is on it's like this big and bright orange and flashing, they, should do the same thing for when the adaptive cruise control is on, one. Of the big reasons people choose SUVs. Over sedans is how much cargo, space they offer so. Let's see how these three stack up this, CRV, easily. Fit all of our very precious, cargo and it actually could have taken more we, had the floor in the higher position, and it can be lowered a bit the. Rav4 looks, like it took almost as much but what you can't see is how much more time we spent trying to make, everything fit, the, CRV. Was just a lot easier and obviously. The, cx-5 comes, in last behind the rear seat it's more than 20%, smaller than, the CRV, and you can really see the difference. Hey. We. Have tested, them on the track and we have driven them in the suburbs I think we're ready to declare a winner well, do you want us. Well the 2019. Rav4, it's been completely redesigned and it's definitely got more attitude, and more personality, it's also the most rugged of this bunch but. It's been slipping, in terms of performance. And value and for, that reason it's both fallen down our rankings, at Edmunds and it, comes in third in this test the cx-5, remains, my choice for the power of the performance, and the luxury, but, I realize. It does have some shortcomings so, I yield, to, the CRV, way, to ruin my surprise I, mean nobody, knew what was coming next, the. CRV is good, at everything and bad at nothing so it's the big dog in our small SUV comparison, undisputed. Winner number one for, more information, on all three of these SUVs as well as its competition head, on over to edmunds.com, to, see more videos like this hit subscribe. And. Follow us on Facebook Instagram and Twitter and MySpace and. Livejournal. And you might come visit.

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RAV-4 by a mile. Looks best, naturally aspirated engine that will be more reliable for life, bigger, 8 speed regular transmission not cheap Honda CVT with oil sludge, and let’s be serious Mazda resale value and dealer network makes it a no go. Toyota for life for reliability and resale and looks best and drives best.

Toyota rav4 is the best

Good video. But you do get heated and air conditioning seat in the Rav4. He just have to check before you say anything.

Wow terrible attempts to be funny.

She's funny, I like her.

Honda is in my not to buy list....

Rav4 has apple car play but no android? Google is free open source.

The Toyota looks and feel way too cheap inside. All you see are rugged hard plastic, not something that I want to see or feel as a daily driver.

They really want 40 for a Rav 4

None of them can tow anything other than a little aluminum boat unlike the Hyundai Santa fe with the 2.0 turbo or the GM products with the 2.0 turbo. Granted, if you need to tow 5000 pounds then you should look at bigger rides, but if you just need to tow an 18' bass boat you don't need to jump into the next class up which gets much more expensive.

Just leased a CX-5 GT white on white today!!!

Compare the Hyundai Santa Fe

Apparently Subaru wasn't invited!!!

Hybrid Rav4 would have made more sense.

I feel badly for the people who bought a CR-V and have problems with oil dilution that Honda refuses to recall!

The RAV4 is available with heated steering wheel and ventilated seats you idiot... it would take 5 minutes to look that up before lying about it

Mazda is the best

For the money they are charging for these three, you might as well get a Kia Sorento or Telluride for the same price. A lot more SUV with 6 cylinder engine and 8 speed traditional automatic.

The seats in the Honda are hard as a rock when compared to the Toyota. Response from a stop is terrible with the CVT

Get the Mazda out of here! It’s sales numbers are nowhere near the others. Not to mention it’s hideous design.

You folks have gone mad!

Great video review. I would have to go with the CX-5 without a doubt. Superior drive and great interior are what I want when driving every day.

Next you should do Rogue vs Tiguan vs Forester vs Terrain

the CR-V's 1.5L Turbo have oil-dilution problem, MT magazine said the Rav4 was faster than CR-V for some reason lol. Limited and Trail trim have Ventilated and Heated seats w/ heated steering wheel too. Also, I heard it from somewhere that these new Toyota headunits with Entune 3.0 already have Android Auto built in, it is just a matter of updating software on it, true or not will see if you will give an update or not

Who gets a car that has a oil dilution problem with a CVT when you can save your money for a reliable ICE vehicule with great fuel economy that will outlast any other SUVs. The Mazda is like an elevated hatchback than a small CUV.

Pro car reviewer in 2019: "I didn't feel a difference between the CX-5's base engine and this turbo engine!" Me: Dislike and go watch Kelly blue book or The straight pipes

@DangerousDan It's night and day, the turbo 2.5 behaves much like a diesel with low down torque, I know because I got a diesel bmw F30 and a Mazda CX-9 2.5 turbo and a neighbor with the regular non-turbo CX-5 2.5 engine

I know right? It’s literally thier job to review cars and if they cannot tell the huge difference in torque and power delivery, let alone just the horsepower they should probably give the job to someone else. The real world performance is very noticable even in everyday driving.

To each his own... The CX5 is the clear winner to me. Unless you haul a bunch of junk around, the CX5 is much nicer inside and out. Also the most powerful by almost 50hp. They say one second difference like it's nothing. That's extra power that will come in handy when you need it. The Honda and Toyota are cars for grandmas while the CX5 is for someone who cares about style.

More important than the power, the Torque, torque is king and it has a LOT more than the other 2, if I wanted a compact SUV, it would definitely be the Mazda because of the refinement and luxury, but mostly because of the engine.

Well said and agree with you on the CX-5 being great inside and out.

I’ll rather get the Rav4. Worked at a Honda dealership as a Service Advisor and that Radio Unit freezes like crazy, customer complaints about rattling noises from the front end, the safety aid systems go crazy every once in a while and other electric issues that plague Hondas. CVT’s area very unreliable after 60k miles and tend to get really vague and droning. Toyota is more reliable and buying a 35k up SUV, I want reliability. For me, Toyota or Mazda will be the pick...

Mazda also had turning headlamps. Not many know that

Shocking. The SUV that is the best overall package wins. The RAV4 will sell because it’s a Toyota and will be the most reliable. People on here love to jerk off to Mazda but they sell like 8 vehicles a month. They’re overpriced and lag behind the competition in what the class they compete in requires. They have the smallest cargo space and interior with the least standard features while it’s the least functional/practical overall. That’s not what suv buyers want.

@Daniel Cheng one of the reasons it wont sell it because its the least practical of the bunch. it has the smallest interior,cargo space, and the least practical overall. i think mazda needs to just go full luxury instead of this in between thing they're doing right now. its honestly not working out for them sales wise and that's where it counts, youtube comments praising the interior dont move units off dealer lots and give back money that was invested in research and development. i hope they figure out what they want to be soon.

If you actually price it out the 3, the CX-5 has the most features for the least money. $34k (if you don't get the turbo) gets you heated/cooled leather seats, heads up display, and adaptive headlights. The only thing a fully loaded RAV4 gets you is a 360 camera, panoramic sunroof, and parking sensors but that's $40k But you're right, Mazda won't sell many CX-5s and people will buy the RAV4 without test driving the competition.

I'll take a 2019 VW Tiguan SEL R-Line Black thank you very much.

What do you mean the RAV4 is last it has so many more features than the other SUVS

@Josh Miller again.. the majority of people looking for an SUV are not looking for one that has a sporty driving style which is why mazda made it less sporty compared to the last generation. priority for this class is not driving feel believe it or not. styling is subjective from person to person. some people want the rugged look of the rav or the balanced crv.. as i mentioned earlier, the only thing it has going for it is the interior.

@Fadic4 It drives better, looks better and the interior is MUCH nicer (almost luxury), but if cargo room is your biggest need then get the others.

How? It’s overpriced. It Has the smallest cargo space, smallest interior space, least standard features. The 1 thing it has going for it is the interior, but the interior doesn’t alone doesn’t out weigh all the other negatives.

RAV4 looks the best by far too

Have to go with Mazda for looks.

RAV4 wins for me all the way

The CRV felt cheap and plastic when I tried it out. The CX-5 and RAV4 felt much “nicer” inside. That’s a factor that’s hard to measure but caused me to rule out the CRV right after I tested it.

So you should have compared the Rav4 hybrid. It's only about $800 more than its comparable model, has much better acceleration, and gets 40mpg combined.

Upgrade to 4K cameras. Stop being so cheap and improve your video quality.

Are you watching this on a 4K tv? Come on dude, video is great compared to most youtube crap videos.

My pick for a family of 2 1. CX-5 2. RAV 4 3. CR-V

CX-5 all the way for me too.

1. RAV4 Hybrid XSE

Why are u guys always biased to the RAV, mine has a heated seat and you can see the ventilated seat controls right there. If I was going for sportiness,, Mazda and if I had a family RAV 4 wins, and I have a family, so I picked the RAV. CRV isn't there for me cos I hate CVT's. Every review have seen, have praised the RAV only you guys hate on that car for no reason. It almost seems as if Honda paid you guys for this. Despite the bashing it still is the best seller and I've seen a lot around.

@Elton Elzee BS! I went on a press trip a few years back and stayed at a normal hotel, got zero gifts. Know folks in the industry as well and can't think of one that got expensive gifts. I have see travel paid for, but they did that for all media attending the event.

@Josh Miller True, while they don't get paid for reviews, they do get expensive gifts and plush hotel rooms for automobile launches.

Best seller doesn't always mean best car. There is brand loyalty, price and other considerations. They don't get paid for their reviews, so don't try and use that to justify your favorite not getting top pick.

Auto journalists probably get lured more by the other automakers to drive up sales, but regular people know what's best.....let them show you the sale numbers....I dare them!

The RAV4 getting the job done and ‘just’ being a honest to goodness good car is what makes it so popular. It’s a good car and offers enough variations to keep things interesting. Space is plenty, features are generous (you can get a heated wheel and cooled seats if you want) and it’s attractive enough. Despite this review, the RAV4 would be (and actually will be) the car I choose (RAV4 Adventure). The CX-5 is too small and doesn’t allow you to comfortably but a child seat in the back which is a huge oversight on Mazda’s part. The dated 6 speed and lame mpg doesn’t help. The CR-V’s is runner up, but the design is frumpy and the recent engine issues turn me off. Cars like these should be simple. Simplicity and robustness is where Toyota excelled and for that they will get my money. Edit: the fact that she hinted that Toyota is resting on reputation is disrespectful. Especially after a new architecture, new engine, new transmission, new AWD system, new Hybrid system, and a drastically improved interior. C’mon guys, the CX-5 has been on the same platform and still has a 6 Speed auto. It offers only a fraction of the standard features on the RAV-4 and none of the space. But keep drooling over that iDrive rip-off clock wheel. Funny.

Cecil L i know that but you are not going to get this limited with much discount it just came out im just saying a rav4 for 40k msrp is just ridiculously priced.

tommy13965 No one buys a Toyota at sticker my friend. No one. My wife’s C-HR was nearly $30,000 fully loaded. Hell no we don’t pay anything close to that haha. There’s a RAV-4 adventure with a panoramic sunroof and dealer installed aftermarket all terrain tires on the lot right now that’s going for only $34,000. MSRP was a hair north of $40,000. My mom just bought an 2019 Avalon for $3,000 off MSRP. Part of the reason Toyota’s sell so well is because they are constantly putting money on the hood.

Cecil L ok i dont hate the rav4 but the limited at 40k range is just outrageous thats why i would prefer the cx5 signature or rdx with tech or even lexus nx. Now i know the rdx tech and nx fsport goes for 44k but right now you can get them for 40 or 39k. The rav4 limited shouldnt be more than 34k max.

@tommy13965 Agreed! Mazda is luxury compared to the others.

tommy13965 A more powerful engine is cool. But it comes at a compromise. And after owning a CX-7 that suffered a catastrophic turbo failure I will happily steer clear of Mazda’s turbo 4’s. The company is not exactly known for durability and I am a previous owner of 3 Mazda’s. Power folding mirrors? My Wife’s C-HR has that lol. Not exactly something special. Now, I will admit, I don’t know how Mazda does it, but the CX-5 punches way above its weight when it comes to perceived interior quality. Nothing in the segment touches it and it does step on the toes of some luxury competitors like the RDX. I don’t think it touches the NX though. I love Mazda’s brand strategy. My wife wants the RAV-4 and I completely agree with her. But when the CX-30 debuts I’ll be picking that up for myself. I’m not saying the CX-5 is bad. I just feel like this review was overly nit-picky against the humble RAV-4 that frankly I believe can be considered best in class. The Hybrid and Adventure models for example are actually very desirable cars. Attractive too. Toyota maybe didn’t sweat the driving details, but they definitely thought about their customers which is something I can respect. I guess the kind of person that buys a CX-5 is not the kind of person that buys a RAV-4 and vice versa. While I would buy the CX-30, in this class I think the RAV-4 (and upcoming Escape) are the ones that sets themselves apart.

A fraction what are you smoking the cx5 has a more powerful engine, power folding mirrors, headup display and real nappa leather just admitted the cx5 is more premium and should be going against the lexus nx not a overly priced weak engine grocery getter in the rav4.

If you have to drive a SUV, than you might as well have some fun doing it. The CX-5 is miles ahead of everyone else.

Agree here as well. Very nice driving SUV.

It's really good, but when I drove it, the gas pedal and brake pedal were stiff and the engine was difficult to modulate. Very surgy off the line. They could take some notes from the Acura RDX.

Yup totally agreed

i'll rather buy the rav4

i'll rather

Japan wins. Throw in the Subaru too.

THE CR-V is GOOD REALLY GOOD

Besides the engine issues of course

Love honda but wouldnt buy do to their stupid cvt and crappy problema5ic engine

I have a RAV4 that I got back in January and the engine really breaks in after 1,000 miles. It personally doesn’t bother me. It only needs regular fuel while the Honda and Masada need premium. And it’s also great on gas! Mine has a heated steering wheel.. it’s an option.

The cruise control also is great in my experience. With the lane keep assist and frontal cameras it literally like being in a Tesla. You do have to keep your hands on the wheel, which is what I’d do anyway. You can adjust the following distance for how far you want to be away. It does beep but not really at me too much. This guy must not be the best driver lmao. I’m not sure why he’s so negative. Considering the rav has more safety features standard than both the Mazda and CX-5. Not to mention 2 years complementary maintenance and Toyota reliability. I looked into both but the Rav made the most sense for me.

Were is the Subaru Forester???

You have to talk about reliability and past issues, because costumers tend to buy these car, not just lease them. Big picture here guys .

The cx5 reminds me of a pretty chic without Substance and the crv is Soft Femininate and 4 unconscious gay guys. As 4 the rav 4 jus right little off road capable and Most Reliable etc. O and by the way how much does honda pay u guys??? But u guys convinced me on buying that cx5 hybrid thanks.

That must be why I like the CX-5. What is Femininate?

Yeah get some Elena lol!

18:30 There is a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats...in the "Limited Grade Advanced Technology Package with options" package.

I wouldn't touch that 1.5T in the CR-V. Oh but we fixed it, yeah huh.

Correct, these ppl drive it for one day and tell how good the seats are, people who bought know the problem after few months, then it is too late especially when Honda ignore it. People trust Toyota or Mazda for their reliability not necessarily for single day test drive comfort and performance

That CRV

Way you don't tested RAV4 Hybrid? This is the most popular RAV for the future.... hybrids are currently the best choice for a smooth transition to full electricity in the future in the next 15-25 years. Especially the Toyota Hybrid synergy drive solution. So shame :(

@Auguste Comte Exactly, also more dynamic, the eCVT is also quieter than regular CVT.

the hybrid is also faster than the regular RAV4.

5:10 he called her a trick

Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue should have also been in this video

‘19 Rav4 has 25 more hp than the old one yet “Its been slipping in performance”

tinhinnh me cry you must be joking if you like over priced plastic boxes be my guest.

its the best selling car they can rip you off if they want to haha...most people buy the base/mid trim anyway so stop crying

Cause its a econo box with a weak engine that toyota sells for 40k what a ripoff.

Handling is not a priority for most people. You are fucking dumb.

2019 SANTA FE’ SEL PLUS for only $33K and you can get $4K or more off the sticker. Check out all you get for less then $33K. And Plenty of room and QUIET and GREAT RIDE. Plenty of Power and the Best Head unit on the market! Oh and BTW when I see people trying to very hard to come off as “I AM COOL CHECK ME OUT” That just ruins the video. Sry

You had me at Mazda none of the others matter from a drivers standpoint. And it’s better looking inside and out. Sort of nitpicking about the backseat though, most of the cars carry no more then two people anyhow. The Honda uses a CVT so that’s out from the start. The Toyota is just ugly and boring. I feel that I need to add this. If you need all those safety features maybe you just turn you drivers license into the DMV.

Got to sync the title with the order of the cars in the thumbnail.

@Josh Miller it looks like my comment bugs you more than the title bugs me lol. So many questions marks. Calm down lol

Got to? Really? Seriously? That's what bugs you about this?

This is probably the worst review and comparison I've ever seen. You literally got everything wrong. You completely missed on what the real world ownership of these cars feels like. I would never ever buy any type of car knowing that I will most certainly have huge problems in just a year or two, but knowing that my boot will be holding two more packs of tiolet paper than any other reliable alternative in the segment. Also, you're like the only people suggesting a petrol engine in a Mazda. Showing the factory suggested EPA ratings is generally a 50%+ away from the real world figures. If you get to chose a new Mazda, you go for the diesel, it's that simple.

Have you tried to find diesel gas in a place like Los Angeles? Boot? Oh, you mean trunk? Petrol engine? Oh, you mean gas engine. Where the hell are you from? Guess you will need that extra toilet paper while driving around finding some diesel gas. Good review folks, don't listen to penwise's garbage.

40k for a RAV 4?!!! WTFFF

Crv is sooo old

What! Clearly in this video at the 18:25 mark you can see the seat controls for heated and COOLED seats!

Yea he just doesn't like the Rav4.

Some of the things they talk about are more like personal preference. And I have no idea how they test the 0 - 60 time on those things.

I wish they compared the more popular (cheaper) trims which are usually second option like SE etc , but otherwise good vid.

Don't think the OEMs are sending the cheaper trims for them to test when their competition will send their best.

I don't think they get to choose which trim they get. Automakers want to showcase everything they offer.

Cars.com says the CRV feels unsafe darting in and out of traffic due to turbo lag and the small turbo engine. It also has reliability problems. Why do these sites never discuss this? And why don't they discuss the painful slow turbo lag which makes it unsafe to pull out quickly in traffic. Plus- the seats get bad long term reviews for comfort. And the digital only dash and minivan gearshift- how are these attractive? Why would you choose a small turbo engine over the 2.4 liter? Only because Honda doesn't offer safety packages on the lowest model. Why would someone buy this car? It also has the least sound proofing of any car in the class. Hyundai Santa Fe is the clear winner if it were tested here.

The Santa Fe does NOT compete with a CRV or any of the vehicles in the video.

Who the hell goes to cars.com for a car review? Go to their youtube channel and laugh your ass off when they pull content from other sites and barely have their own content. They don't even drive the cars they review. They just troll other sites to write their reviews. Find a good site to get your info from.

Ben Sarlin Some companies are in love with Honda and Mazda. But to be honest, those two cars are build to win comparisons. Torquey turbo engines and swift 0-60 sprints can bling any journalist. The people who actually buy the crap speak with their wallet which is why the RAV-4 sells much more. It’s not built to win comparisons, it’s built to be a damn good car with minimal fuss minimal surprises and minimal compromises. The RAV-4 was nit-picked because it’s on top. They drive the car through 48 states then complained about seat comfort. I once drove a Mercedes Benz S Class cross country and at the end I hated the car, hated myself, and hated everyone. Long trips will do that to you lol. The RAV-4 didn’t stand a chance because it’s simply not built to win comparisons lol.

The Santa Fe is a gas hog though.

pretty lame, the Subaru Forester is not in this match up.

acrprmann The new Forester is actually really well refined, and while it may not seem like it has a lot of power on paper... it does really good. Most reviewers has said it has a better powertrain than the RAV4.

@acrprmann i guess ill stick to my trek bicycle then.

Tito because it’s a cheaply made vehicle that’s underpowered and unrefined.

Nearly every woman unnecessarily slows down to 30 mph at the hint of every turn or corner causing everyone behind her to get angry. Regardless if she’s driving a Prius V or a Porsche Macan Turbo.

@Clay Yz C Nope, Of course I’m not talking about turning from one street to another in the city. Show me a M BMW, RS Audi, AMG Mercedes etc. driving conservatively (afraid) and braking at every slight turn on a clear wonderful curvy road in the country or while entering an on ramp with a slight curve and I’ll show you a woman driving.

wait what, u r making street turns at more than 30mph ?

All three are way over priced.   My pick?   The Hyundai Kona 1.6T

Right like why would anyone buy these at 40k it's out of control

Wow the picked the worst one imagine that! Lol. Your Honda paycheck must be huge!

DangerousDan sorry you feel that way! Have a blessed day!

OK we get it. Stop spamming this comment section and simmer down, Pete.

Fadic4 You must be sitting in a CRV writing this comment. Getting high off the smell. Do your homework on the CRV. There are well known engine problems and Honda doesn’t care. Look up oil dilution. Idk how the CRV keeps getting top marks. Also in most comparison tests it doesn’t when if there is more then one competitor. It just irks me when they lie about vehicles to make others better.

@Fadic4 I don't care for the Honda, but I absolutely hate when people say they are paid off for a good review as well. They have been around since the start of the internet and can't see them getting paid for a good review as well as what you said about all the other reviews that say the same thing. Just a way for some to justify not having their favorite car getting the pic.

How? It’s the best overall balanced package. It won suv of the year when it came out in 2017, did Honda pay every publication to vote for it? People on here dumb af. It’s the best selling car in its class retail wise for a reason. It’s the best over all package. Don’t like it? Go buy something else, put your money where your mouth is. People love to circlejerk mazda Cx5 yet they sell like 8 a month.

You can get ventilated seats in the RAV4 and heated steering wheel... I literally just test drove a RAV4 Limited with those features.

@Luke MTECH Look at the hybrid, limited model. The Limited Weather Package does have ventilated seats and heated steering wheel. But it's confined to the most expensive variants and is tied to features I don't want - not least because I live in Arizona where sun roofs and heated seats / steering wheel make absolutely zero sense.

Luke MTECH I believe it’s a dealership option, because I’ve serviced a few already, and they have those said options.

Nope you can’t. Not available on the Rav 4. Just got off of the Toyota site and it’s not offered...

Lady is pulling her review of the crv out her butt. And not giving a truthful review. Biased!

Josh Miller but they also didn’t tell the truth about each vehicle and there are clear lies in this video. I’m just a vehicle enthusiast who know a lot bout cars.

Another comment about paid or biased review from you. Do you work for another car review site? There is no bias. I don't like the crv either, but that doesn't mean they are biased. It is an award winning suv and top selling vehicle, so if they are biased then so is everyone else. Honda must have paid the entire media to pull this off.

Whitch one will last 15 years or more with just changing the fluids and brakes.

Lemuel Hammel probably only the Toyota

2019 CRV engine still has the gas and oil mixture issue and that is both reliability and safety concern.

@Nikefan8 watch the videos and comments of people who got the software update and still having the issue as before, there are plenty if you just look for it

@Nikefan8 Software cant fix a hardware issue. Wouldn't touch one until a third party tests it.

It actually doesn't. Honda issued a fix for the 2017-2018 models, and all 2019 Honda models were released with the software fix coming fresh off the conveyer belt.

teetee tee I haven’t seen any reports of the 2019 version with this problem. Do you prefer the CRV LX model?

18:31 dude just lied. You literally just showed the ventilated seat button and the heated steering wheel button is to the left of the driver! Don’t review the vehicles half ass! Total biased review!

No CVT for me.So Mazda all the way !

Bashing the Toyota as usual will not stop it from selling like hotcake, but I'd take the Mazda just saying.

RAV4 is better SUV all around

@Simmer Pete You're a big boy, you can choose to like whatever you want LMAO. It's guaranteed that you can't fit in the front passenger seat if it has a sunroof/moon roof, unless you're all legs.

Dennis Xu I’m 6’7” and fit just fine in all three of these. And I’m allowed to not like cvts. A lot of people don’t like them. And they all drive great.

​@Simmer Pete Rav4 is okay, but the CX-5 is like driving a luxury car. I have driven all three and Mazda is my choice. Nothing wrong with the Rav4 though, but don't car for the Honda at all.

@Simmer Pete Wouldn't say that about CVTs. Both Toyota and Honda use some nice and smooth ones. The RAV4 is a great choice but it has some faults. I'm 180 cm or 5'11 I think and I can't sit in the front passenger seat if the car has a moon roof. I'm literally pushing against the ceiling. There's also a bit more wallow around bends. But yeah, I can't find anything that detracts too much from the car.

Nikefan8 nothing is refined about a cvt and and a engine with problems. Only thing wrong with the Toyota is no power passenger seat.

@Simmer Pete It's the newest and has all the technological features that you would expect from a 2019-2020 model, but it just lacks the refinement that the Honda and Mazda has. Toyota cars have always had lackluster interior quality when compared to the other manufacturers.

Don’t understand why the reviewers always bash the Rav4, I’ve driven the new one like 4 times and it’s a great suv.

I think Mazda interior sucks!!

It is one of the best interiors I have driven in that is not classified as a luxury car. You must love plastic.

Thats because he likes cheap plastic econo boxes that sells for 40k

@Dee T I know right?

sounds like somebody has no class.

You clearly haven't been in the new CX-5 then. The current Gen leapfrogged the previous one by a mile.

Why bring her!!! use any one but her!! She is so annoying with her "humor" and especially her voice AND SHE KNOWS IT! LETS JAM OUT!

Yeah she drained the hell out of me. This is my first and last review I'll watch with her and the white guy the worst part of tge video

Alejandro Estrada Romero yeah I’ve complained about her reviews. I actually skip any of her videos cause I can’t stand her.

Where is the Subaru crosstec One of the safest vehicles on the road and Subarus record of vehicles on the road after 10 years is unmatched

Drove both engines in the Mazda and they are right you can’t really tell the difference. Then the CRV has engine issues and a cvt. And the Rav4 is $39k and no power passenger seat.

I just hope that you include the intangible factors in your review such as the dependability or reliability, cost to own, and past and existing issues that plague the car, etc. I don't just decide on the tangible things when buying. For me, the most important are the intangibles as I am a kind of buyer that doesn't want to have lifetime debt just owning a car.

I’m actually pretty disappointed you didn’t include the new 2019 Forester in this review, I feel like it would’ve been nice to have that vehicle in this test too.

You forgot to mention about oil leaking issue with the crv engine

2012vwrabbit How is the cvt not reliable. They’ve been using cvt the longest with no issues. By the way, you don’t write cvt tranny. That’s like says continuously variable transmission transmission.

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