Thanks to the availability of a larger engine, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a solid contender against the mainstays in the compact crossover segment.
The Honda CR-V gets better gas mileage and comes with a handy folding rear seat, but it isn't as attractive or as enjoyable to drive as the Mazda.
The Ford Escape offers slightly more technology than the CX-5, but also doesn't drive with the same lightweight, nimble dynamics.
The Equinox is another competitor that feels larger inside, but it's similarly not as rewarding to drive or as efficient.
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.
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|2016 Mazda CX-5Browse Used Listings||2016 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2016 Nissan JukeBrowse Used Listings||2016 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings||2015 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small SUV 2WD||Small Station Wagons||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD|
|2016.5 FWD 4-Door Manual Sport||FWD 4-Door L||FWD 4-Door S||5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD||FWD 4-Door LE (GS)||2WD 5-Door LX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2016.5 Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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