2016 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 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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Quick Specs
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is one of the more athletic crossovers; high gas mileage and high style just add to the value.
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has one of the most spacious, quiet, and versatile interiors among smaller crossovers, and it loads on the value.
The 2016 Ford Escape gives up a little comfort and utility in its quest to be the most exciting crossover SUV to drive.
A sporty alternative to a growing list of subcompact SUVs, the 2016 Nissan Juke is part rambunctious rally-racer, part defiantly different crossover, but it lacks the space and fuel economy of most rivals.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a competent crossover utility with a new Hybrid model this year, updated safety systems, and lots of interior space.
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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall Station WagonsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
2016.5 FWD 4-Door Manual SportFWD 4-Door LFWD 4-Door S5-Door Wagon CVT S FWDFWD 4-Door LE (GS)2WD 5-Door LX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
2016.5 Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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