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

    • Ronnie Juayno
      Ronnie Juayno

      Cx5 its too cool n fun to drive.

      about 1 day ago
    • Shawn Warnick
      Shawn Warnick

      I personally think the forester looks the best in the compact cuv. However sucks in the performance category

      about 4 days ago
    • J C
      J C

      Everything said is sooo PC, it’s like no one wants to offend the car manufacturers... so NOT informative, wasted my time.

      about 6 days ago
    • Mahmoud Max
      Mahmoud Max

      Honda CRV is the best

      about 15 days ago
    • Snakewhisperer
      Snakewhisperer

      CX-5 now has a turbo gas and diesel version.
      I have the diesel - 450Nm torque :-) (330 ftlbs)

      about 16 days ago
    • Kerry Lee
      Kerry Lee

      Crv all the way....

      about 25 days ago
    • setovegeta
      setovegeta

      I prefer the Rav4 over the CRV. I have never drove the Mazda.

      about 1 month ago
    • Paul Reza
      Paul Reza

      Edmunds sponsored by Honda. Hahaahaa

      about 1 month ago
    • Darrel Gordon
      Darrel Gordon

      Cx5 is easily the best looking.

      about 1 month ago
    • Harry Brown
      Harry Brown

      This is the complete opposite of the Grand tour...

      about 1 month ago
    • Lee G
      Lee G

      The guy is right about the cargo area, most people don't buy a SUV primarily with just cargo in mind. They look at it like it gives you more ground clearance and it's got the AWD (especially if you live in a wintery state and need a bigger vehicle to handle snow). I think the high end CX5 and Rav4 in 2019 is getting ridiculous with pricing. How many trims do you need Rav4?

      about 1 month ago
    • JUST SAYING
      JUST SAYING

      What about Hyundai Tucson? Any good?

      about 2 months ago
    • Corkfish1
      Corkfish1

      The biggest appeal for the Mazda is the conventional 6 speed transmission and naturally aspirated 4 cylinder. I trust it to go 200,000 miles before the others will.

      about 2 months ago
    • Ramlugon Larveen Sharma
      Ramlugon Larveen Sharma

      Will Kaufman! Man, I really liked your ways of observing the truth in what people would want to look for in a crossover. That CR-V is the best car that I would want to buy to drive everywhere with my family.

      about 2 months ago
    • the machinist
      the machinist

      A comparison test of this segment without the Forester?
      Yeah, meaningless waste of time.

      about 2 months ago
    • Andre
      Andre

      CvT = POS

      about 2 months ago
    • Amram Weismann
      Amram Weismann

      when will you do the same test with the 2019 honda CRV hybrid and toyota RAV4 hybrid or you still don't have the Honda hybrid in the US

      about 3 months ago
    • Trey Kincade
      Trey Kincade

      Anyone have 3 kids. How is the fit in the backseat on each one

      about 3 months ago
    • triodekt66
      triodekt66

      Where is the Tiguan SE?

      about 4 months ago
    • Miss July
      Miss July

      I don't get the love for the CX5.
      This car literally does EVERYTHING worse than all of its competitors.(not just the ones shown in the video)
      The only good thing is its turbo engine. Still, it would be smoked by the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
      Anyway, people buying cars like these need space, security, visibility, comfort, etc, and the Mazda CX5 clearly has none of this.
      Message to Subaru : please bring back the Forester XT so that Mazda fanboys shut up. lol

      about 4 months ago
    • Hand me a Dozen Beers
      Hand me a Dozen Beers

      Cx-5 automatically wins for not having CVT

      about 4 months ago
    • Hung Lo
      Hung Lo

      i own a CX-5 if i need more space than that i'll use my truck..........CX-5 for the win

      about 4 months ago
    • Albert M. Santos
      Albert M. Santos

      I am a honda man i have crv 2007and civic 2014 but mazda cz5 for the win. And mazda cx5 is my next suv to buy promise.

      about 5 months ago
    • Timothy Ballena
      Timothy Ballena

      You guys suck.

      about 5 months ago
    • Kim Texas
      Kim Texas

      CX5 for me, sorry Honda & Toyo fans...

      about 5 months ago
    • Spiritus .9
      Spiritus .9

      MAAAZZZDAAAAAAAA

      about 5 months ago
    • Dreamy
      Dreamy

      12:18 Case Closed.

      about 5 months ago
    • Erik Herdian
      Erik Herdian

      Well I never use my car for moving things so... CX5 my choice because it well designed, good agility and fun to drive too

      about 5 months ago
    • Shawnee River
      Shawnee River

      CR-V for me!

      about 5 months ago
    • David H
      David H

      Honda has oil dilution and battery problems

      about 5 months ago