2016 Mazda CX-5 vs 2016 Ford Escape

The Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape are two of the most highly regarded SUVs of the 2016 model year. This is because both vehicles have desirable features to offer drivers. However, when it comes to comparisons, there can be only one winner. In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 performs better than the Ford Escape. When each model is outfitted with its standard drivetrain, the Mazda CX-5 does noticeably better with both highway and city gas mileage. Rated for 33 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city, the 2016 CX-5 beats out even the Escape even when it's equipped with an EcoBoost engine. 

However, the CX-5 can have its fuel efficiency further improved if it is built with the optional manual transmission. Although the manual transmission drivetrain comes with a less powerful engine, it increases the highway efficiency of the CX-5 to 35 mpg. There are few SUVs on the market that even come close to that kind of efficiency. The standard model of the CX-5 also comes with more horsepower than the standard Escape (184 hp versus 168 hp). So the CX-5 wins out in both standard power and fuel efficiency. And another thing: price. The 2016 CX-5 comes with a significantly lower starting MSRP than the Ford Escape.

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2016 Mazda CX-5 vs 2016 Ford Escape
33 mpg highway/26 mpg city Fuel Efficiency 31 mpg highway/22 mpg city
64.8 cubic feet/34.1 cubic feet Cargo Volume (behind first/second row) 67.8 cubic feet/34.3 cubic feet
Mazda Connect Infotainment SYNC
184 Horsepower 168

Which Vehicle Is Superior?

If the aforementioned features of the Mazda CX-5 aren't enough to sway you toward its side, maybe the Mazda Connect infotainment system will do the job. This dynamic infotainment system comes standard with a backup camera and a 7-inch touchscreen display. There are also some fantastic radio options that come with the Mazda Connect system, such as Pandora, HD Radio, Stitcher Internet Radio, Aha Internet Radio, and available Sirius XM Satellite Radio. All in all, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is hard to beat, as it is a nearly perfect combination of style, performance, comfort, and price. 

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