2015 Mazda5 vs. 2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Mazda5
2015 Honda CR-V

Small and midsize crossovers are quickly becoming the vehicle of choice for families thanks to their versatility and capability. That being said, they still can’t deliver many of the family-friendly features found in a minivan, especially a compact minivan like the 2015 Mazda5. Find out why parents and kids prefer it over the 2015 Honda CR-V crossover, and then plan a trip from Tampa to tour the vehicle at Cox Mazda in Bradenton.

Seating Designed for Families

2015 Mazda5 interiorThe 2015 Mazda5 is available with a third row that expands the total passenger capacity to six. The second-row captain’s chairs recline and slide making it easy to configure the interior, and a nifty storage/table feature bridges that gap between them, but slides out of the way to give access to the third row. Plus, thanks to wide, sliding doors, the Mazda5 makes it especially easy to reach the third row. The 2015 Honda CR-V, by contrast, has standard five-passenger seating that is the same as every vehicle you have ever been in.

Interior Storage

The 2015 Mazda5 offers significantly more available cargo space behind the second row of seating with 44.4 cubic feet of capacity compared to the CR-V’s 35.2 cubic feet. Plus, the cabin has been cleverly outfitted with cubby holes and integrated storage spaces to help you pack in even more equipment, and keep it close at hand for when you or the kids need it.

Features That Make Family Travel Easier

2015 Mazda5 interiorAll parents know that a car trip of only 10 minutes can lead to a tantrum. The 2015 Mazda5 makes travel easier on both parents and kids by offering features like a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. That way, if you need to run to the store, or drive across the country, you can keep the kids occupied and direct your focus to the road. The 2015 Honda CR-V offers no comparable feature.

Best of Both Worlds Capabilities

We’ve already seen that the Mazda5 offers more space for passengers and cargo, mostly because it is bigger than the CR-V. But it remains a compelling alternative to a crossover because it is smaller than most full-sized minvans, and offers a driving dynamic that is characterized by nimble handling. That means you don’t have to settle for the smaller CR-V just because you are worried about fitting into tight parking spots or navigating through congested city traffic.

Bring the Family to Test Out the 2015 Mazda5

Is this the right vehicle for your family? Bring them all to Cox Mazda at 3101 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton, Florida  to find out (or leave the kids at home if it’s easier). We are less than an hour south of Tampa, and easy to reach by taking I-75. If your family is ready for a vehicle designed from the ground up to meet your needs, head to Bradenton to check out the 2015 Mazda5.