2015 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

2015 Mazda CX-5 GT
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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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8.2
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is an athletic, fuel-efficient, well-designed small crossover.
7.8
The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is more refined and quiet than many of its competitors, while offering the versatility and value that a budget-conscious family would expect.
8.0
With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
7.8
The 2015 Honda CR-V is neither sporty nor particularly quick, but fuel efficiency is excellent and it prioritizes interior space, earnest practicality, and cleverly chosen features in a way that buyers appear to crave.
6.8
The 2015 Nissan Juke is part rambunctious rally-racer and part defiantly different crossover—and it adds up to a vehicle that you'll have some strong feelings about, one way or the other.
7.4
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a practical crossover with confident handling. Just know that driving enjoyment is not its strong point.
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