Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5

Heading out on an adventure in a midsize SUV can certainly add a lot to your experience on the road toward your destination. However, if you're considering your options and you're stuck between the Ford Escape vs. Mazda CX-5, you've got a tough decision to make. At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're here to help our friends in Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland learn a bit more about these two popular midsize SUVs, so they can see which one is the best pick for them.

Keep reading this comparison to learn how these vehicles differ, so you can decide on the one that's right for you.

Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5 Engine Specs & Performance

The Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 offer similar engine setups, with both vehicles including 2.5L 4-cylinder engines. Each vehicle includes respective 6-speed automatic transmissions. While both vehicles are capable of similar performances, the Escape offers two additional engine options that take the performance even further.

  • The Escape includes a 1.5L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder that is capable of producing 179 horsepower.
  • The last engine option, the 2.0L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder, shows a massive increase at 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.
  • The Mazda CX-5 only offers one engine to its drivers.

Passenger & Cargo Space

One of the major factors to consider when deciding on the Escape vs. CX-5 is the cabin space. Both vehicles are equipped to carry five passengers and include some ample cargo space behind the rear seats. However, each vehicle offers significant differences that could have you leaning a certain way toward your ultimate decision.

  • The Escape offers 43.1 inches of front legroom, while the CX-5 only offers 41 inches.
  • In terms of front headroom, the Escape offers 39.9 inches, while the CX-5 is a little more cramped at 39.7 inches.
  • The Escape offers 34 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 68 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.
  • The CX-5 includes 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space that only increases to 59.6 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded flat.

Audio Entertainment & Technology

Both the Escape and Mazda CX-5 include some impressive features and technology within their respective cabins. Each vehicle includes intuitive display screens that feature voice recognition technology. Both midsize SUVs include an AM/FM radio, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth® connectivity, and USB/auxiliary inputs that allow the driver to connect portable media devices. The Escape includes a 6-speaker sound system, while the CX-5 is only outfitted with four speakers.

Deciding Between the Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5

Now that you've read our Ford Escape vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison, you're well aware of what each midsize SUV offers and how they differ from each other. While you're aware of the many advantages that the Escape has over the CX-5, you may want to learn a bit more before you decide. First, you'll need to get the experience behind the wheel to help inform your decision.

Get a feel for the Ford Escape by scheduling a test drive with us at Richmond Ford Lincoln. We're happy to help our friends in Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland learn more about the vehicles that they're interested in.


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