I owned a 2016 CR-V Touring and borrowed a 2017 CR-V AWD for a few weeks. I also owned a 2019 RD and I've driven dozens of different press vehicles over the last few years. The RDX does feel better when driven near or at the limit, but the CX-5 is slightly faster in every metric and more fuel-efficient than the RDX. The CX-5 also has an insignificantly larger cargo volume then the RDX.Ehh, people saying how well the CX-5 drives haven't driven a RDX with SH-AWD
It's less practical and less efficient than the Honda, which for 95% of buyers, is WAY more important than "driving feel". The CR-V now has a great hybrid option.... Unlike Mazda.
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According to Car and Driver instrumented testing of a 2019 CX-5 Signature and 2019 RDX A-Spec:
0-60 MPH: 6.2 vs. 6.6 seconds
0-100 MPH: 16.7 vs. 18.1 seconds
Top speed (governer limited): 130 vs. 113 MPH
5-60 MPH: 6.7 vs. 7.0 seconds
30-50 MPH: 3.5 vs. 3.9 seconds
50-70 MPH: 4.6 vs. 5.2 seconds
1/4-mile: 14.8 @ 95 MPH vs. 15.2 @ 93 MPH
70-0: 173 vs. 177 feet
The CR-V Hybrid is indeed a great option if fuel efficiency is a primary concern.