2014 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5  -  First Drive, February 2013
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2014 Mazda CX-5, thanks to its stronger engine this year, now competes with some of the mainstays in the compact-crossover category, like the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, as well as the new Toyota RAV4.

Compared to the Escape the CX-5 has a package that's essentially the same size, although it drives with a lighter, more athletic feel (it weighs a few hundred pounds less, too).

However the Ford offers a few unique features, including a hands-free power tailgate and the MyFordTouch voice and touch-screen control system.

The restyled CR-V has a new and nifty fold-down rear seat, and slightly higher gas mileage, but is no longer the front-runner it used to be—and the same applies to the Chevrolet Equinox, which may have the most stylish interior.

Some buyers may even see the all-wheel drive Nissan Juke as a CX-5 competitor; while it handles well and has a very nice interior, it’s only a subcompact.

The Nissan Rogue is an unremarkable secondary player in the category.

Other entries in this large category include the Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage, and the pricier Volkswagen Tiguan.

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8.2
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is an attractive, well-designed small crossover with great gas mileage, as well as a light, athletic driving experience.
7.8
The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is every bit as solid, spacious, and well-equipped as cost-conscious families could expect -- and far more quiet and refined than many other models without a luxury badge.
8.2
With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers.
7.6
The 2014 Honda CR-V isn't exactly sprightly, but it nails efficiency on a few levels and finally brings more features to the family-wagon fight.
6.8
The 2014 Nissan Juke is part oddball, part exotic, and part awesomely different (although not all that practical) small car.
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The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is sensible and spacious; but if driving fun is a priority, you can do better.
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