2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

2019 Mazda CX-5
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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

The Subaru Forester remains one of our favorites for its exceptional practicality and spunky personality; it’s our Best Car To Buy for 2019.

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

The Toyota RAV4 is an excellent rework of a crossover-sales titan; it’s exciting to see, truly fun to drive, and a few niggles aside, a new rival for the class-best CR-V.

Ford’s Escape is about to be replaced, but we still enjoy its polished handling and its optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine.

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

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 sates solo drivers with good handling and tasteful lines, but bigger families will want to move up in size.
The 2019 Ford Escape works well as a crossover SUV, but has the ride and handling of a smartly tuned hatchback.
The 2019 Honda CR-V rewards owners with fantastic utility and great safety scores.
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty.
With a dollop of refinement, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 would be a solid home run.
The 2019 VW Tiguan has a spacious interior and a comfortable ride, but its price climbs quickly.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDS FWDLX 2WD2.5iLE FWD (Natl)2.0T S FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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