2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Its Competition

2020 Mazda CX-5
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

There’s a crossover for just about everyone.

If performance and frugality are high on your list, the Toyota RAV4 hybrid offers great acceleration and fuel economy.

The Subaru Forester doesn’t ace any category, but it does everything well above average.

It’s a winner in our eyes.

Ford’s new Escape looks and feels more like a car than before, which may appeal to sedan defectors.

VW’s spacious Tiguan feels a little like the Rubbermaid of crossovers—it’s utilitarian with little personality, but it works really well.

If space isn’t crucial, look to the right-priced Volvo XC40, which charms at every opportunity.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 Mazda CX-5 trades family-ready space for fine handling and good power.
The 2020 Ford Escape takes a more refined tack, and brings its hybrid edition back into vogue.
The 2020 Subaru Forester is an incredible value among compact crossovers and a former Best Car To Buy winner.
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 covers more bases this year with smartphone compatibility and tough-looking off-road trims.
The 2020 Volvo XC40 honed in on the Netflix and Stitch Fix crowd, with smart dynamics and style and an all-in subscription plan.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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