2020 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2020 Ford Escape
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2020 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2020 Ford Escape

Serving Shrewsbury, NJ

A search for a new compact crossover SUV that stands up to your highest expectations understandably takes you to the Mazda CX-5. This compact crossover SUV has an engaging style, and its second generation was introduced in 2017. It is frequently compared to the Ford Escape, which is also a compact crossover SUV. The Escape has passed through four generations, and it is priced only slightly higher than the Mazda CX-5. What else should you know about these crossover SUVs before making your final selection?


From an initial glance at the Mazda CX-5, you will immediately feel captured by its magnetic appeal. It shows off decadent curvature and mostly smooth surfaces through the hood and sides. The hood's outer sides have an in-depth definition, and this swells upward over the front wheel fenders before tapering down the side doors. This crossover SUV also comes with signature LED headlights, a power liftgate, black cladding from bumper to bumper, and other equipment. The design of the 2020 Ford Escape is noticeably different, and this begins on the nose. Its grille sits lower to the ground and is significantly separated from the LED headlights. The definition of the hood flows directly toward the front windshield. The definition on the side panels is linear and connects the front and rear wheel fenders.


Inside the cabins, these two vehicles hold many of the same features. For example, they both have a heated steering wheel, a digital display screen for the driver’s gauges, a floating infotainment system screen, a multi-zone auto climate management system, smart device integration, etc. Their interior designs, however, stand apart. In the Mazda CX-5, you will notice sophisticated spaces between the infotainment system screen, the air vents, and the climate system controls. In the Ford Escape, the equipment is stacked without interruption up the central dashboard region.


The Mazda CX-5 is properly engineered to impress its drivers daily. It receives 187 horsepower from a Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter engine connected to a sporty Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. For all trims, front-wheel drive is standard. Intelligent all-wheel-drive is available. In comparison, the lower-level Escape trims are equipped with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Across the trim lines, all-wheel-drive disconnect and hybrid powertrains may be available.

Which compact crossover SUV is worthy of your continued attention? It may earn a closer look with several trim levels to explore, and with the Mazda CX-5’s more affordable price tag. To schedule an in-person review of the Mazda CX-5 and a test drive, call Schwartz Mazda’s sales department today.