2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson

Driver side exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda CX-5 on the left "vs" a passenger side exterior view of a gray 2018 Hyundai Tucson on the right

When you are in search of an attractive and accommodating crossover SUV, two of the most appealing options available to you are the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. Both of these stylish SUV’s provide their owners with a powerful and efficient drivetrain as well as versatile interior space to help you handle all of your ever-changing daily demands. From the surface, it is difficult to decide between these two compact and sporty crossovers, but once you look under the hood and on the interior, you will find one fits your needs better than the other.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Hyundai Tucson

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.0L Inline 4-Cylinder
187 HP/ 186 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 164 HP/ 151 LB-FT
SKYACTIC®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
25 MPG City/ 31 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 23 MPG City/ 30 MPG HWY
*EPA estimates of the Base Trim level with Standard Equipment.

Differences Between the 2018 Mazda CX-5 & The 2018 Tucson

As you can see from the chart above the 2018 Mazda CX-5’s standard drivetrain outperforms the 2018 Hyundai Tucson’s in terms of power and efficiency. The 2018 Tucson does, however, provide an engine upgrade for its higher trim levels, and its available 1.6L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder engine still doesn’t provide the horsepower or EPA estimated highway MPG that the standard drivetrain of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 does. Both of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Hyundai Tucson make All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available across all trim levels, and even in AWD, the 2018 CX-5 still achieves better EPA estimated fuel economy than the 2018 Tucson. Another advantage the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has over the 2018 Hyundai Tucson is its 2,000 pounds of standard towing capacity. On top of the mechanical advantages that the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has, it also provides more interior amenities than the 2018 Hyundai Tucson as well. Standard cabin features of the 2018 CX-5 include a 7” Color Touchscreen Display, 2 USB Ports, a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Shift Knob, and the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System. You can find all of these same features in the 2018 Hyundai Tucson once you start paying for trim level upgrades. With a more powerful and efficient engine and more standard interior features, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is the clear choice over the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. Come and take the 2018 Mazda CX-5 for a test drive at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN today.