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2015 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

2015 Mazda CX-5 FWD 4-door Auto Grand Touring Side Exterior View
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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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The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is an athletic, fuel-efficient, well-designed small crossover.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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