Thanks to the availability of a larger engine, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 is a solid contender against the mainstays in the compact crossover segment.
The Ford Escape offers more technology than the CX-5, but doesn't drive with the same lightweight, nimble dynamics.
The Honda CR-V gets better gas mileage and comes with a handy folding rear seat.
The Equinox is another competitor that feels larger inside, but it's not as rewarding drive.
However, its interior feels more upscale.
For styling, some might consider the quirky Nissan Juke as a competitor, but the less-interesting Rogue is more competitive in size with the CX-5.
Some might also consider the VW Tiguan, Kia Sportage, or Hyundai Tucson, too.
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