Compare 2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Ford Escape
2018 Mazda CX-5
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S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape S FWD 21 29 $23,102 $23,940
Escape SE 4WD 22 28 $25,834 $27,050
Escape SE FWD 23 30 $24,544 $25,700
Escape SEL 4WD 22 28 $28,126 $29,450
Escape SEL FWD 23 30 $26,836 $28,100
Escape Titanium 4WD 20 27 $31,983 $33,490
Escape Titanium FWD 21 28 $30,693 $32,140
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Grand Touring AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-5 Grand Touring AWD 24 30 $29,752 $30,945
CX-5 Grand Touring FWD 25 31 $28,503 $29,645
CX-5 Sport AWD 24 30 $24,985 $25,450
CX-5 Sport FWD 25 31 $23,710 $24,150
CX-5 Touring AWD 24 30 $26,734 $27,515
CX-5 Touring FWD 25 31 $25,472 $26,215

Pricing

Invoice Price

$23,102
$29,752

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$23,940
$30,945

Monthly Payment Estimate

$399 / month
$516 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.7
6.5

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Ford Escape has the road manners of another kind of car—but don't worry, it still works well as a crossover. As long as cargo space isn’t your main reason for buying a compact crossover, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent, fun-to-drive choice.

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Fuel Economy

City

21 mpg 24 mpg

Highway

29 mpg 30 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small SUV 2WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

98.1 103.6

Front Hip Room (in)

54.8 55.2

Second Leg Room (in)

36.8 39.6

Front Head Room (in)

39.9 39.3

Second Hip Room (in)

52.4 55.3

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56 57.1

Second Head Room (in)

39 39

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55.3 54.8

Front Leg Room (in)

43.1 41

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.6 62.8

Wheelbase (in)

105.9 106.3

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.4 72.5

Track Width, Front (in)

61.5 62.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

7.9 7.6

Length, Overall (in)

178.1 179.1

Height, Overall (in)

66.3 65.3

Liftover Height (in)

- 29.4

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

67.8 59.6

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

34.3 30.9

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

34.3 30.9

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- 41.3

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- 57

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- 32.4

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- 38

Brakes

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 11.7

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12 11.9

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.7 15.3

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.8 36

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P235/55HR17 P225/55VR19

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P235/55HR17 P225/55VR19

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2000

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

1500 2000

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 200

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 200

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3542 3655

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7.5 19 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7.5 19 X 7

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

170 @ 4500 186 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

168 @ 6000 187 @ 6000

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

24 26

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

29 30

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

21 24

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.51 4.62

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.91 1.45

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.94 3.89

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.96 2.02

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.44 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 0.60

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.58 3.55

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Escape Mazda CX-5

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Short And Long Arm Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Short And Long Arm Multi-Link

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.3 6.7

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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