2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

2018 Mazda CX-5
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

You’ve got your work cut out for you if you’re in the market for a compact crossover.

The Honda CR-V seems to do nearly everything right, albeit without much personality.

The Toyota RAV4 is popular with buyers, but it’s dated and has a chintzy interior.

Ford’s Escape isn’t any nicer inside, but it’s the most polished performer in its class—especially with its optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine.

The Volkswagen Tiguan gets everything right on paper, even if it’s light on thrills.

And the Subaru Forester remains one of our favorites for its exceptional practicality and spunky personality.

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Quick Specs
6.5
As long as cargo space isn’t your main reason for buying a compact crossover, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent, fun-to-drive choice.
6.7
The 2018 Ford Escape has the road manners of another kind of car—but don't worry, it still works well as a crossover.
7.0
The 2018 Honda CR-V may be light on personality, but this compact crossover checks off every other box. It’s a very smart choice.
6.7
The 2018 Subaru Forester continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.
7.0
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.
6.8
What it lacks in personality, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan crossover SUV makes up for with its clean approach.
MSRP From     
$24,150$23,940$24,250$22,795$24,660$22,250
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDS FWDLX 2WD2.5i ManualLE FWD (GS)2.0T FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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