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Ford Escape vs. Mazda CX-5 – Full Comparison

Ford Escape VS Mazda CX-5

If you find yourself being forced to flip a coin between the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5, you are not alone. These are two hot vehicles with their own list of fantastic qualities. On one hand, you have Escape, which pretty much dominates the small crossover segment. Then, you have CX-5, an all-new vehicle that has a lot to love. So, do you choose the vehicle with proven reliability, or do you opt for a vehicle that you won’t see very many of yet on the roads of wherever you happen to live?

Performance

There are three engine choices available in Ford Focus, but two for Mazda CX-5. Mazda gives its small crossover a hearty 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is good for 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, but a six-speed automatic is available, and must be selected to have all-wheel drive. This is a fairly light vehicle, so despite the small engine, acceleration speeds are decent, taking 9.3 seconds to reach 60 mph. Mazda says it’s CX-5 will yield 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. For more power, there is a 2.5-liter SKYACTIVE®-G available that generates 184 horsepower.

The base engine on Escape is a little more powerful than CX-5. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder offers 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque, and returns 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. A turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 is standard on SE and SEL. It delivers 178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and can generously tow 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped. Lastly, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 is standard on Titanium and optional on SE and SEL. It produces 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque yet manages to yield 25 mpg combined. All-wheel drive is available on all models, except the “S” trim.

Driving and Handling

When it comes to handling, Escape has earned its reputation as a spirited and easy-to-drive vehicle. Many slip behind the wheel expecting it to be awkward and clumsy, due to size, but it is surprisingly agile. Everything from the braking to the steering to the suspension is more than capable, and you don’t feel much body roll on winding roads.

CX-5 does not have the reputation Escape has, but it only takes one test drive to find that the new vehicle handles itself quite nicely on the road. It is not the fastest or quietest choice, but the ride is smooth, comfortable and capable.

Safety

There is something to be said about buying a vehicle with a trusted reputation, especially if safety is on your mind. However, CX-5 has already been put through roof, front and side-impact crash tests, and received top safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

CX-5 has high tensile steel reinforcements and side-impact door beams to help keep passengers safe. If there is an accident, the fuel cuts off, and blind-spot monitoring is also available. Escape gives you a long list of safety features that faithful Ford buyers have grown to appreciate and even expect, such as post-collision safety system, tire-pressure monitoring, turn signal mirrors and engine immobilizer.

Exterior

You can’t go wrong with the exterior of either of these vehicles. Although CX-5 is a brand new vehicle, Escape is fully redesigned for the model year, so either way, you will be cruising around in something fresh and exciting.

Escape boasts a little international lineage that you can see in the harmonic balance created by an athletic stance and graceful lines. From its sculpted wheel arches to its trapezoidal-shaped lower grille to the bright dual exhaust tips, this is a vehicle that will turn heads from every angle.

CX-5 boasts Mazda’s “Soul of Motion” design philosophy with fluent and flowing lines that make the vehicle appear as though it is always in motion. It also offers some fantastic wheel choices in 17, 18 and 19-inch sizes.

Interior

The cabin in both of the vehicles will impress you. They are both thoughtfully designed and modern, and offer a surprising amount of room. Ford’s redesign for Escape leaves it with an upscale feel. Gauges are easy-to-read and controls are in reach. The materials used offer an improved quality; this is just a nice cabin to be in. Plus, the front seats are generously padded and given plenty of bolstering for support.

A highlight for CX-5 would have to be the black gauges that have white lettering. They are incredibly easy to read and almost soothing on the eyes. There are plenty of soft-touch surfaces, and an abundance of legroom can be appreciated in both rows.

These vehicles are neck-and-neck in terms of cargo space. Behind the front seats, Mazda CX-5 offers 65 cubic feet while Escape is at 68.1 cubes.

Technology and Entertainment

There is absolutely no shortage of technology in either of these vehicles. In fact, you may forget you are in such a modestly priced vehicle when you see all the bells and whistles. A huge highlight for Escape is the foot-activated tailgate. SYNC® lets you use voice commands to control just about everything from Bluetooth to audio. Speaking of audio, the available Sony® system is well worth upgrading to as it gives you 10 premium speakers, a dual-channel subwoofer, HD Radio, iTunes® Tagging and 355 watts of power.

CX-5 has a nine-speaker Bose® system available that offers Pandora®, HD Radio, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Plus, it has a fantastic optional navigation system by TomTom® that includes a 5.8-inch display with voice recognition.

 

 

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Five Red-Hot New SUVs to Consider in 2013

2013 is quickly approaching, and many motorists are considering replacing their aging, outdated vehicles with shiny new ones for the new year. Car buying isn’t what it used to be, however, with new nameplates and never-before seen models hitting dealerships at every turn. From well-appointed luxury vehicles to cost-efficient reliable ones, drivers have never been faced with as many great choices as they are right now. So, what’s an overwhelmed buyer to do? Simply consult our handy list of the hottest upcoming 2013 SUV models, of course!

This year’s crop of SUVs is mainly comprised of crossover SUV models, which have all but conquered the SUV market and supplanted the traditional truck-based SUVs of the ‘90s and early 2000s due to their increased fuel economy numbers and more car-like handling. Many automakers now include compact crossover SUVs in their lineups, though traditional crossovers are still quite popular.

Five of the Hottest SUVs for 2013: (In no particular order).

1. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: A sort of hybrid between a compact wagon and a crossover SUV, this stylish vehicle is a more rugged and higher-riding version of the popular Subaru Impreza on which it’s based. As with all Subaru models, this stylish crossover comes standard with all-wheel drive, though this particular model is perhaps even more impressive when mated with a gearless CVT automatic transmission. (There’s also a five-speed manual trans mission available. Stand-out features include a voice and touchscreen controlled navigation with real-time traffic alerts, an HD radio, and a rear-view camera.

2. Mazda CX-5: (as seen in the included photo) This all-new crossover SUV has been touted as one of the most fuel-efficient around due to its 2.0-liter Mazda SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine that achieves a respectable 26 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway and features all-wheel drive as optional. It’s sporty, and uniquely stylish, as well!

3. Infiniti JX: The all-new Infiniti JX began reeling in a ton of attention much before it premiered in production form, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint now that it’s here! A luxury SUV with seating for seven, advanced safety features, a roomy and elegant interior, and a stylish exterior, the JX is all that a family desires, and more. Impressive safety features include a new Backup Collision Intervention system, while a Drive Mode Select feature keeps the journey smooth in all weather conditions.

4. Buick Encore: A boldly-stylish new subcompact crossover with a ton of flair, this sporty little SUV boasts a super-quiet interior and smooth ride due to its active noise cancellation system. It looks quite a bit like the Chevy Sonic, to which it’s mechanically related.

5. BMW X1: Both strong and sleek-looking, this new subcompact crossover SUV is also very agile and speedy. It’s a bit smaller than the BMW X3, and is therefore also more cost-efficient, yet it still has features to impress even the choosiest drivers and passengers, including a start-stop function for heightened fuel economy and an advanced xDrive all-wheel drive system (standard with the BMW 35i engine and optional with the four-cylinder 28i engine) for maximum handling on wet or dry roadways.

Remember, reader, these are excellent vehicles to consider for a 2013 (or late 2012) purchase or lease! For more great advice, be sure to stay tuned here with suv.reviewitonline.net. We always have the latest news, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

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