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If you were thinking of buying a Honda, you may want to reconsider and head to your Phoenix Mazda dealer instead. A head to head comparison of the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V reveals that Mazda beats out Honda in almost every instance.

Warranty:
Chapman Mazda’s warranty includes free roadside assistance for 3 years/36,000 miles. Mazda will send help if you run of out gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in your car or need any other assistance on the road. While Honda offers no roadside assistance.

Economy and range:
The Mazda CX-5’s 2WD manual achieves 26 city mpg and 35 highway mpg, the 2WD automatic gets 26 city mpg and 32 highway, and the 4WD receives 25 city mpg and 31 highway. Hondas 2WD on the other hand has 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway and the 4WD gets 22 city mpg and 30 highway mpg.

Engine:
Mazda’s engine produces its peak horsepower at 6,000 RPMs while Honda’s engine needs to be at about 7,000 RPMs.

Transmission:
Mazda offers consumers the option of both a six-speed manual and automatic transmission. Honda only has one option available, a 5-speed automatic.

Brakes and stopping:
The CX-5 is able to brake from 60 mph to 0 mph in 117 feet, while the CR-V requires 125 feet to brake.

Wheels and tires:
The CX-5 comes with standard 225/65R17 and optional 19 inch wheels. The Honda CR-V comes standard with 215/70R16 and the option of 17 inch wheels.

Suspension and handling:
The Mazda CX-5 has a 106.3” wheelbase and can handle .81G’s in cornering skid pad tests. The Honda has a 103.1: wheelbase and can handle only .78G’s in cornering skid pad tests.

Options:
Finally, the Mazda CX-5 has options including advanced keyless entry and start, navigation system, BI-Xenon headlights, auto dimming rearview mirror with homelink technology, burglar alarm, and clear film paint protection. The Honda CR-V only has a navigation system and rear entertainment system has options.

The comparison of numbers and statistics don’t lie, the CX-5 is unlike any other existing compact SUV and it blows all other competition out of the water. This SUV has a heart of a sports-car and lives up to its Zoom-Zoom advertising. This is the SUV for those who promised they would never be caught driving one but now have kids to charter, pets to transport, or a long-weekends worth of equipment to deliver.

Chapman Mazda proved that it has what it takes to be number one. Just ask the people who matter most: Mazda drivers and owners.

“The fact that Mazda makes quality vehicles makes it very easy to satisfy our customers. Mazda’s outside-of-the-box engineering and clever technology make it a great value compared to our competition,” said Chapman Mazda General Manager Jesse McMahan.

Phoenix Mazda drivers ranked Chapman Mazda number one in Overall Customer Satisfaction in the Phoenix District for two straight years on a rolling twelve-month basis. McMahan credits his service team with helping to achieve this goal.

“Our mantra in service is to repair our customers concerns, not just their cars. If we repair a car but the customer still has a concern, then we haven’t done our job until they are happy with the repair and all their concerns are resolved,” said McMahan.

Perhaps the Phoenix Mazda dealership is also succeeding because Mazda USA improved the vehicles they manufacture. Recently, Mazda finished in third place in the non-premium category ahead of Nissan, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia, and Ford in J. D. Power & Associates 2012 Initial Quality Study.

The J.D. Power IQS is an industry-standard survey of customers’ experience with their vehicles after three months of vehicle ownership, in which vehicles are ranked by “problems per hundred vehicles” rate.  The lower the vehicle’s score, the higher “perceived” quality of the vehicle or brand.

Highlights from this year’s J.D Power & Associates survey, for Mazda, include: The MX-5 Miata, the world’s best-selling two-seat roadster, was rated highest among Compact Sporty Cars for the sixth time in seven years.  The Mazda3 improved 9 PP100 to a score of 89 PP100, fourth overall (out of 21) in the Compact Car segment.  The 2012 Mazda3 is the first Mazda vehicle to showcase SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, the brand’s engineering-focused philosophy of achieving high fuel economy while escalating performance.  Mazda2 saw massive progress improving its score of 45 PP100 to a score 94 PP100, which was good for third overall (out of 12) in the Sub-Compact Car segment.

Mazda achieved top-three initial quality among non-premium brands for the second consecutive year. This proves that Mazda quality improvement based on the ONE MAZDA concept is right on track. Mazda is also expecting that with the introduction of additional products equipped with SKYACTIV Technology will demonstrate the true value and quality of not only Arizona Mazda vehicles, but Mazdas nationwide.

For more information on new or used Mazda vehicles visit www.chapmanmazda.com.