Edmunds editors Mark Takahashi, Josh Sadlier and Will Kaufman do a back-to-back-to-back comparison of the two highest-rated small crossovers: the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-5. Also added into the mix is the best-selling 2018 Toyota RAV4, which is due to be replaced by an all-new model later this year. We put these versatile vehicles through their paces to see which one might be the best fit for you.

Q: How much do these small crossovers cost?
A: All three have starting prices right at the $25,000 mark. The as-tested prices for this comparison are $34,505 for the 2018 Mazda CX-5, $32,595 for the 2018 Toyota RAV4, and $30,195 for the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Q: Why was the 2018 Toyota RAV4 included?
A: The Toyota RAV4 is at a distinct disadvantage because it's due for a complete redesign, while the Mazda and the Honda have undergone more recent updates. We included the Toyota because it represents the best-selling model in the class, as well as the best-selling non-pickup truck in the U.S.

Q: Which small crossover has the best cargo capacity?
A: In order from largest to smallest: 2017 Honda CR-V, 2018 Toyota RAV4 and 2018 Mazda CX-5.

Q: Is there a clear winner?
A: The 2017 Honda CR-V wins on paper and gets high marks for convenience. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is our favorite for the way it drives and looks. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong choice, too, but we'd suggest waiting for the 2019 model.

Q: Where's Carlos?
A: There is no Carlos, only Zuul.

Read our reviews here:
2018 Honda CR-V: www.edmunds.com/honda/cr-v/2018/
2018 Mazda CX-5: www.edmunds.com/mazda/cx-5/2018/
2018 Toyota RAV4: www.edmunds.com/toyota/rav4/2018/

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Comments

    • Guynelle Randle
      Guynelle Randle

      I vote CX5. I own one. Great car, looks great, handles even better! Hidden gem of the SUV world. πŸ‘β€οΈ

      about 4 days ago
    • Brenda O
      Brenda O

      Mazda all the way. I am a senior citizen and I have one. I wanted to sit higher and I love the style. It also fits my friends when going out and the cargo space fits all our shopping. Thanks for the video

      about 6 days ago
    • Guitarooster52
      Guitarooster52

      Not a fan of CVT

      about 7 days ago
    • atomic mama
      atomic mama

      you left out the Subaru Crosstrek...

      about 8 days ago
    • Hamid S
      Hamid S

      This should show how car perform and not your face all the time. 0.o

      about 9 days ago
    • 7t Berri
      7t Berri

      You should see how I drive my 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara......Zoom, Zoooommmm!

      about 13 days ago
    • FARIBA NOWROOZI
      FARIBA NOWROOZI

      You did not talk about Hondas problem "oil and gas mixture!

      about 14 days ago
    • broover
      broover

      Common Edmunds....use your head. If you ask anyone almost everyone will let you know this video is not complete without Subaru Forester. How come you guys avoid forester from this segment. If you ask me I will choose forester over RAV4, CRV or Mazda. The money customer pay, customer get more like all wheel drive , their safety system, fuel per gallon, space, best seating position & customer service. Compare to price of all three i think Subaru is best choice. It’s a shame you all avoided the brand from this video.

      about 15 days ago
    • M P
      M P

      CX-5, hands down. The others are a little too....utilitarian. They're nice, don't get me wrong, but meh when it comes to personality and character. Honestly, test driving them, I didn't feel much for the CRV or RAV4. I knew I was going to get a CX-5 as soon as I sat in one and started driving.

      about 18 days ago
    • Noah Millar
      Noah Millar

      It seems that you guys were pointing out literally ALL the flaws in the RAV4.

      about 20 days ago
    • Noah Millar
      Noah Millar In reply to Noah Millar

      @M P The 2018 RAV4 is by far the most reliable of the 3. Plus, with its sturdy suspensions, it also makes itself the best of the 3 as an off-road vehicle. RAV4 by definition means it is a Recreational-Activity-Vehicle (4 obviously meaning 4x4) which means it's more than just a 'car', it provides the opportunity to do more than just driving.
      Of course, we can't forget how it's the safest of the 3. Safety comes first. It is now standard that the RAV4 has lane-assist, Toyota Safety Sensors, and AEB.
      If you're also concerned about maintenance costs, then the RAV4 is far cheaper than the CX-5 and the CR-V to run.
      Take it from me, I own one myself.

      about 18 days ago
    • M P
      M P In reply to Noah Millar

      what would you say are it's strong points? Honestly, I wasn't too impressed test driving it.

      about 18 days ago
    • Shehan H
      Shehan H

      The cx5 is nice looking but remember it has bad transmission problems. Mazda’s have the worst cvt and auto transmissions. The Rav4 will last long, your grand kids will drive it.

      about 21 day ago
    • Travis Manning
      Travis Manning In reply to Shehan H

      Shehan H CVT? You must be confused with the CRV

      about 8 days ago
    • Harry Uy
      Harry Uy

      They are all good suv but for me , Toyota is still the best! durability, availability and affordability.

      about 23 days ago
    • oregonnich
      oregonnich

      I was looking at the hondas today and was very impressed by them. I'm a big toyota guy and thought the rav 4 was a disappointment. Looked at the bigger Highlander and was disappointed as well. The new rav4 redesign is better inside for comfort and sportiness but feels smaller and harder to get into. The Honda was designed for functionality and daily use and I was not expecting to like it. The crv is like an alternative to the subaru forester/outback for comfort and functionality. But offers easier use for people with kids and daily use.

      about 25 days ago
    • Norbert
      Norbert

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      about 29 days ago
    • Eric Feli
      Eric Feli

      Always loved Honda's but I would be afraid of long-term CVT ownership, not to mention, fuel dilution that they can't seem to correct. The RAV4 sells well because it is RELIABLE, people opt for Toyota because they value durability most of all. Out of these 3, I'd personally go for the CX-5!

      about 1 month ago
    • NextLevel Journey
      NextLevel Journey In reply to Eric Feli

      Eric Feli - hehe 😜 you can Edit your original post (Tap 3 dots on the lower right of your comment area - follow prompts). Im deleting mine from earlier via the same method :)

      about 25 days ago
    • Eric Feli
      Eric Feli In reply to Eric Feli

      Oil dilution*** thanks for the correction. My brain automatically defaults to calling it "fuel dilution" damn thing won't listen to me!!!

      about 25 days ago
    • Abi Makin
      Abi Makin

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      about 1 month ago
    • Nolan Clements
      Nolan Clements

      FORESTER?

      about 1 month ago
    • Roger Russell
      Roger Russell

      You all seem sold on he small 4 cal turbo, a lot of people aren't. That would keep me from considering the Honda.

      about 1 month ago
    • Carl Joe
      Carl Joe

      You would think the guys at Edmunds would know the difference between an HR-V and a CR-V. CR-V is a compact SUV, not a cross-over as portrayed in this video. Maybe I don't know anything, but I am pretty sure Honda calls the CR-V a compact SUV, and the HR-V, a compact cross-over.

      about 1 month ago
    • Clarence White
      Clarence White In reply to Carl Joe

      I thought the honda hr-v was classed as a sub-compact and the cr-v was classed as a compact.

      about 24 days ago
    • Abi Makin
      Abi Makin

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      about 1 month ago
    • Qasim Ansari
      Qasim Ansari

      Don't get me wrong, I love cars that are sporty and can drive well around bends. However, as a family man logic has to come first and the CRV is easily the most family friendly. I am over six feet tall and had ACRES of leg head and shoulder room both in the front and back. The cargo space was also so generous. Looks do play a role as well obviously. The RAV is not good looking in my view leaving the Mazda and CRV. The boy racer says Mazda but the father and husband says CRV. Also I was very surprised to see that the CRV outperformed the Mazda in acceleration and braking. Great comprehensive comparison guys, thank you!

      about 1 month ago
    • guitarbaba
      guitarbaba

      This test was about as useful as lining up a Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger, to see which one holds the most groceries. What these SUVs can do on a track is useless to about 100% of the people who drive them, in mostly straight line suburbia.

      about 1 month ago
    • Carl Mag
      Carl Mag

      Yes! Thanks for this video. Mazda Cx5 it is.

      about 1 month ago
    • TG R.
      TG R.

      CRV needs to file a police report!! they abused that crossover!

      about 1 month ago
    • laduke
      laduke

      What's not to love about the Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 2019, it's the best car ever. Nothing can compare! Great on gas, comfortable, and many precautions for crashes which is the lead causes for injury and death. This car handles mountain roads where we live so well, and highway driving. So why not have something that gives you more security. Love everything it has to give, and more. ❀️Just sharing

      about 1 month ago
    • Derrick McKinney
      Derrick McKinney

      My wife is a loyal Honda\Acura buyer but she has a CX-5 so that says a lot about the upcoming of Mazda to me! Long live the CX-5! πŸ˜‰

      about 1 month ago
    • nana yaw swiss
      nana yaw swiss

      Just have to be different. Too many rav4 n crv on de road. Will go for mazda

      about 1 month ago
    • Sazon Man
      Sazon Man

      πŸ–•πŸΌπŸ–•πŸΌπŸ–•πŸΌπŸ–•πŸΌCVT and Turbo, I will never ever purchase any vehicle with these two crappy features at all.

      about 1 month ago
    • koukimonzta
      koukimonzta

      If u love oil dilution get the crv

      about 1 month ago
    • Sukrit Sabhlok
      Sukrit Sabhlok

      What they don't tell you about the crv is the engine is screwed (oil dilution issue)

      about 2 months ago