If you are in the Honolulu area and shopping for not just transportation, but something fun to drive, come test drive the 2015 Mazda CX-5 at Cutter Mazda Honolulu. We serve the people of Honolulu, Kailua, Hawaii Kai, and Kapolei, HI with great deals and attentive service. If you think a small crossover can't be as fun to drive as a Miata, you haven't driven the 2015 Mazda CX-5.
If the 2015 Mazda CX-5 is the sports car of compact SUVs, and the Honda CR-V just can't match its size and value.
Both the Mazda CX-5 and the CR-V are excellent choices if you want a compact, fuel-efficient crossover SUV. But the Honda only comes with a CVT automatic, which can cause an annoyingly constant drone as it moves through the gear ranges. The Mazda CX-5, however, has an available traditional six-speed automatic with paddle-shifters for more spirited driving. If you prefer a real three-pedal manual, the base Mazda CX-5 Sport has a sweet six-speed stick shift standard. The CR-V drives more like a family car than an SUV, but the Mazda CX-5 drives more like a sports sedan. Both provide good transportation, but if you want to be entertained by the drive along the way, the Mazda CX-5 wins hands down. The Mazda CX-5's optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor makes nearly the same power as the CR-V but brings more torque to the table. The Mazda CX-5 channels both power and torque lower in the RPM range, so it feels more powerful in everyday driving.
Both the CR-V and Mazda CX-5 will seat five easily and are nearly the same size on the outside. But the Mazda CX-5 has 3 inches more to its wheelbase, which translates to more rear legroom, and more interior volume overall. The Mazda CX-5 also has more headroom, more hip room, and nearly the same shoulder room as the CR-V. The Mazda CX-5's more modern design also results in a vehicle nearly 100 pounds lighter than the CR-V, which contributes to its sporty demeanor. And though the Mazda CX-5 is slightly taller overall, the knockout styling of the Mazda makes it look lower and meaner than the boxy, upright Honda.
The Mazda CX-5 has a starting price nearly $2000 lower than the CR-V, and even adding the optional six-speed automatic doesn't hurt much- it still costs nearly $500 less than the Honda. The base Mazda CX-5 includes 17" alloy wheels, compared to the 16" painted steel wheels Honda provides. Even the most basic AWD-equipped Mazda lists for several hundred less than the Honda, which doesn't offer standard AWD until you select a higher trim. Mazda also saves you money by allowing more a la carte options choices than Honda. With the Mazda CX-5, you can add navigation and other electronic safety aids, like blind spot monitoring, to the lower trim levels, without having to spring for the top-of-the-line model. Even the base Mazda CX-5 Sport has an available Bluetooth package that includes voice commands and text-to-speech function for your phone.
So, if you enjoy driving but want the space and all-weather utility of an SUV the Mazda CX-5 was designed for you. You'll enjoy Cutter Mazda in Honolulu too, let us take you for a test drive and see how fun an SUV can be.