2015 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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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Quick Specs
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is an athletic, fuel-efficient, well-designed small crossover.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall Station WagonsSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door Manual SportFWD 4-Door LFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LX5-Door Wagon CVT S FWDFWD 4-Door LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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