2017 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Mazda says 50 percent of buyers will opt for Grand Touring models, and we think you should too.

If you can't afford that much, grab a Touring with advanced safety features instead—we don't care for the choice between safety and navigation, but Apple CarPlay may help out soon.

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2017 Honda CR-V Touring 2017 Honda CR-V
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2017 Subaru Forester2017 Subaru Forester
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2017 Toyota RAV42017 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 takes a lot of small steps forward, but are any of them big enough changes to sway buyers?
6.5
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a needed step forward for the brand and a solid compact crossover.
6.3
The 2017 Ford Escape foregoes a bit of utility in the name of style and sportiness, making it one of the better crossovers to drive.
7.8
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
7.2
One of the best small SUVs, the 2017 Subaru Forester is a good value, with remarkable interior volume, thrifty fuel economy, and top safety scores.
7.3
There's a RAV4 for just about everyone, and while we applaud Toyota for adding more safety technology for 2017, the competition is worth a good look, too.
MSRP From     
$24,045$23,580$23,750$24,045$22,595$24,410
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1SMS FWDLX 2WD2.5i ManualLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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