Compare 2015 Ford Escape vs 2015 Subaru Forester vs 2015 Mazda CX-5

2015 Ford Escape
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2015 Subaru Forester
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2015 Mazda CX-5
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4WD 4-Door SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door SE 22 29 $25,551 $27,400
Escape 4WD 4-Door Titanium 22 29 $29,361 $31,485
Escape FWD 4-Door S 22 31 $22,103 $23,450
Escape FWD 4-Door SE 23 32 $23,920 $25,650
Escape FWD 4-Door Titanium 23 32 $27,728 $29,735
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4-Door CVT 2.0XT Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 4-Door CVT 2.0XT Premium 23 28 $26,690 $28,495
Forester 4-Door CVT 2.0XT Touring 23 28 $30,927 $33,095
Forester 4-Door CVT 2.5i Limited PZEV 24 32 $26,313 $28,095
Forester 4-Door CVT 2.5i PZEV 24 32 $21,904 $23,195
Forester 4-Door CVT 2.5i Premium PZEV 24 32 $23,639 $25,095
Forester 4-Door CVT 2.5i Touring PZEV 24 32 $28,144 $30,095
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5i PZEV 22 29 $20,995 $22,195
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5i Premium PZEV 22 29 $23,203 $24,595
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AWD 4-Door Automatic Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-5 AWD 4-Door Automatic Grand Touring 24 30 $28,387 $29,220
CX-5 AWD 4-Door Automatic Sport 25 31 $23,706 $24,395
CX-5 AWD 4-Door Automatic Touring 24 30 $25,472 $26,215
CX-5 FWD 4-Door Automatic Grand Touring 25 32 $27,176 $27,970
CX-5 FWD 4-Door Automatic Sport 26 32 $22,298 $22,945
CX-5 FWD 4-Door Automatic Touring 25 32 $24,258 $24,965
CX-5 FWD 4-Door Manual Sport 26 35 $20,939 $21,545
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,551
$26,690
$28,387
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,400
$28,495
$29,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$457 / month
$475 / month
$487 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2015 Subaru Forester remains one of the best cars you can buy, thanks to exceptional safety, versatility, and all-weather capability. The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is an athletic, fuel-efficient, well-designed small crossover.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 40 39
Second Hip Room (in)
52.4 53 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56 57 57.5
Second Head Room (in)
39 37.5 39
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.1 103.3 102.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 56.5 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 43 41
Front Hip Room (in)
54.8 53.9 55.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 38 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 60.9 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 8.7 8.5
Length, Overall (in)
178.1 180.9 178.7
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 68.2 65.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 61.1 62.5
Wheelbase (in)
105.9 103.9 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 70.7 72.4
Liftover Height (in)
- 28.6 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
34.3 31.5 34.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
34.3 31.5 34.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
67.8 68.5 65.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 45.9 57.1
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 31.9 34.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 37.1 38.7
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 42.2 41.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 71.9 -
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 10.9 11.9
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA NA
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 12.4 11.7
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.1 15.9 15.3
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 34.8 36.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P225/55HR18 P225/55VR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P225/55HR18 P225/55VR19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 1500 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3645 3624 3560
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 7 19 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 7 19 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 2500 258 @ 2000 185 @ 3250
Engine Order Code
99X NA NA
Displacement
1.6 L/98 2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 5700 250 @ 5600 184 @ 5700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 25 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 28 30
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 - 2.02
Trans Order Code
446 NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 - 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 - 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 3.50 - 0.97 3.55
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.51 4.11 4.62
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 - 1.45
Trans Type
6 8 6
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 2.35 3.89
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.79 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.61 -
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Subaru Forester Mazda CX-5
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 7.1 6.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - 6.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - 100
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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