2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Ford Escape

Driver side exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda CX-5 on the left "vs" passenger side exterior view of a blue 2018 Ford Escape on the right

The constant struggle to cram all of the kids along with everything they need for the day into your small sedan has become overwhelming. You have finally decided to break down and upgrade to a crossover SUV to help solve all of your storage space shortcomings. Two of the most appealing crossover SUV’s available on the market today are the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Ford Escape. Both of these vehicles offer their owners a sporty exterior style as well as an efficient drivetrain and flexible interior cargo and passenger space, but once you dig deeper into the details you will find one rise above the other. Find out all the similarities and differences between the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Ford Escape right here.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Ford Escape

2.5L SKYACTIC®-G 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.5L I-4
187 HP/ 186 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 168 HP/ 170 LB-FT
SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
25 MPG City/ 31 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 21 MPG City/ 29 MPG HWY
*EPA estimates of the Base Trim level with Standard Equipment.

Compare the 2018 CX-5 & 2018 Escape

As you can see from the graph above, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 outperforms the 2018 Ford Escape in all major drivetrain specs. Both the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Ford Escape make All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available across all of their trim levels, and even in AWD, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 delivers better fuel efficiency than the 2018 Escape. Not only does the 2018 Mazda CX-5 outperform the 2018 Ford Escape under the hood, but it also does on the interior as well.

On the inside of both the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Ford Escape, you will find seating for five people, but the 2018 CX-5 provides passengers with more Rear Legroom and Hip Room than the 2018 Escape. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 also gives its owners more standard interior amenities than the 2018 Ford Escape. Standard features inside the 2018 CX-5 include a 7” Color Touchscreen with Two USB Ports, Push-Button Start, a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Shift Knob, and even Steering Wheel Mounted Controls. With a more efficient drivetrain and more standard interior features, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 easily beats out the 2018 Ford Escape. You can take the 2018 Mazda CX-5 on a test drive today at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN.

Front exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5 Performance & Efficiency

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has been sculpted using Mazda’s KODO: “Soul of Motion” design that breaths life into the inanimate 2018 CX-5. Body lines flow uninterrupted from the front to the rear of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and give it an aerodynamic and sporty allure. A long and wide wheelbase provides the CX-5 with a balanced and agile driving performance, and its efficient engine under the hood keeps the ride going for miles between fill-ups. Every detail of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has been poured over to attain perfection, and you can find it at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN and drive it home today.

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