Compare 2021 Ford Escape vs 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Ford Escape
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S AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape S AWD 26 31 $25,594 $26,385
Escape S FWD 28 34 $24,138 $24,885
Escape SE AWD 26 31 $26,986 $28,110
Escape SE FWD 28 34 $25,545 $26,610
Escape SE Hybrid AWD 43 37 $27,941 $29,105
Escape SE Hybrid FWD 44 37 $26,501 $27,605
Escape SE Plug-In Hybrid FWD N/A N/A $31,344 $32,650
Escape SEL AWD 23 31 $31,589 $32,905
Escape SEL FWD 28 34 $28,037 $29,205
Escape SEL Hybrid AWD 43 37 $30,433 $31,700
Escape SEL Hybrid FWD 44 37 $28,992 $30,200
Escape SEL Plug-In Hybrid FWD N/A N/A $34,090 $35,510
Escape Titanium AWD 23 31 $34,708 $36,155
Escape Titanium Hybrid AWD 43 37 $33,408 $34,800
Escape Titanium Hybrid FWD 44 37 $31,969 $33,300
Escape Titanium Plug-In Hybrid FWD N/A N/A $37,042 $38,585
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Carbon Edition AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-5 Carbon Edition AWD 24 30 $29,481 $30,355
CX-5 Carbon Edition FWD 25 31 $28,122 $28,955
CX-5 Carbon Edition Turbo AWD 22 27 $31,232 $32,160
CX-5 Carbon Edition Turbo FWD 23 28 $29,874 $30,760
CX-5 Grand Touring AWD 24 30 $30,718 $31,960
CX-5 Grand Touring FWD 25 31 $29,374 $30,560
CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve AWD 22 27 $34,008 $35,385
CX-5 Signature AWD 22 27 $36,044 $37,505
CX-5 Sport AWD 24 30 $26,270 $26,770
CX-5 Sport FWD 25 31 $24,896 $25,370
CX-5 Touring AWD 24 30 $27,689 $28,510
CX-5 Touring FWD 25 31 $26,331 $27,110
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,594
$29,481
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,385
$30,355
Monthly Payment Estimate
$440 / month
$506 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Ford Escape is the softer side of the Blue Oval’s small crossover 1-2 combo. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 crossover has some priorities out of order; it doles out fine handling while it delivers a skimpy back seat.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104 103.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 55.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
40.7 39.6
Front Head Room (in)
40 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 55.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 57.1
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 39
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
66.1 65.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.7 106.2
Liftover Height (in)
28.1 32.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 72.5
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 7.5
Length, Overall (in)
181.3 179.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
65.4 59.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.8 38
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
37.5 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.4 41.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
68.5 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
37.5 30.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
57.3 57
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
34.8 32.4
Brakes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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)
- 11.9
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 11.7
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.8 15.3
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/65HR17 P225/55VR19
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/65HR17 P225/55VR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3474 3691
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
760 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
190 @ 3000 186 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
996 NA
Displacement
1.5 L/91 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
181 @ 6000 187 @ 6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.81 4.62
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
3.01 1.45
Trans Type
8 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.62 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.96 3.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 2.02
Trans Order Code
448 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.69 3.55
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Mazda CX-5
Body Style
Sport Utility i-ACTIV AWD Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 6.8
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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2021 Ford Escape
  • 2021 Escape arriving; 2020s still available
  • Lease: From $259 for 36 months
  • Rebates: Up to $4,750 off 2020s; $1,500 off 2021s
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 72 months + up to $3,000 bonus
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2021 Mazda CX-5
  • 2021 CX-5 selection looks good
  • Lease: From $222 for 36 months
  • Rebates: $750 loyalty bonus available
  • Financing: From 0.9% APR for 60 months
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