2017 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Mazda CX-5 squares off in the hyper-competitive, and crowded, small crossover field.

The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are perennial leaders, and both offer more room, and quieter interiors—albeit not by much.

We're still impressed with the CR-V, which is all new this year too, but the RAV4 boasts a new hybrid powertrain that could sway green-minded buyers.

The Chevrolet Equinox will offer a diesel powertrain too, but like the CX-5, we'll have to wait until later this year to see that.

The Ford Escape and Subaru Forester both offer bigger outputs from their turbocharged engines, something we appreciate in a class that's full of boring-to-drive crossovers.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 takes a lot of small steps forward, but are any of them big enough changes to sway buyers?
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a needed step forward for the brand and a solid compact crossover.
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.
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
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.
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     
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
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1SMS FWDLX 2WD2.5i ManualLE FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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