Mazda CX-5 vs. Ford Escape

When it comes to finding a new crossover, you can go one of two ways, going with a known, reliable name or one of the recent additions to a brand.  Basney Mazda believes going with the name you know is a great play.  But there are still plenty of midsize SUVs that demand your attention.  You can go luxurious and elegant or dependable and practical.  Our South Bend Mazda dealership wants to help you make the right decision. Let us help you compare the Mazda CX-5 to the Ford Escape and see how they stack up in the features you consider important..


  • The 187-horsepower of the Skyactiv-G 2.5L four-cylinder packed inside the Mazda CX-5 packs more power than the base three-cylinder of the Ford Escape.  The engine upgrade of the CX-5 produces 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque for an exciting drive.
  • Only the Mazda CX-5 comes equipped with Skyactive-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus. This standard technology brings the CX-5 into perfect balance on the twists and turns of the South Bend roads and highway.  It gives drivers effortless response and a completely efficient drive.
  • You'll find the reliable i-Activ AWD system with Off-Road Traction Assist on the Mazda CX-5, to prepare you for any situation you may experience in South Bend traffic.  For a more powerful and athletic drive, shift your CX-5 into Sport mode and get a quicker response on the road when passing through your commute.  The Ford Escape also gives drivers four selectable drive modes.


  • Wood trim, Nappa leather seats and calming ambient lighting fill the cabins of the Mazda CX-5.  Even the cloth or leatherette seats provide a feeling of elegance to your drive with the leather-wrapped steering wheel.  Sound dampening technology allows you to enjoy your drive without the intrusion of the noises of the outside world.  The Ford Escape has gone through a redesign of its cabin space, with more premium elements now available, including a rotary dial to replace your shift knob.  But the seats and hard plastics located throughout still lack the comfort and luxury you'll find in the CX-5.
  • The Active Driving Display of the CX-5 brings you pertinent information for your commute, placed right in your line of sight for convenience and safety.  Your speed and safety warnings shine on your windshield so you can focus on the road ahead, without taking your eyes away from your focus.  The Escape does offer a head-up display but lacks the convenience of visibility.  It is mounted on the dash, in front of the steering wheel, which takes your attention away from the road ahead.
  • Storage space is abundant in both the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape.  When you measure strictly based on cubic feet, the Escape admittedly has the CX-5 beat, 33.5-to-30.9.  However, like a good football team, it's the intangibles that win championships.  That is why you'll find nooks and crannies throughout the CX-5 to store personal items, including a deep center console with a removable shelf.  Storage in the Escape is essentially limited to your cargo space.


  • As you would expect, both crossovers come with advanced technology for their infotainment systems.  Ford's SYNC 3 system provides a 4.2-inch display screen at its base level, to manipulate your smartphone technology, compared to the standard seven-inch touchscreen at the lowest level of the CX-5.  Voice recognition software eases your ability to use the CX-5 navigation and integration, convenience not available with the Escape.
  • Safety is always a priority for the Mazda CX-5.  The i-Activesense safety features prove that with advanced technology protecting you wherever you travel in South Bend.  The CX-5 and Escape both provide a long list of safety features, like blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert.  The advanced safety features of the CX-5 put it in a class of its own.  Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection and the Adaptive Front-Lighting System are two features that take safety to the next level for the CX-5.
  • The adjustable ambient lighting of the CX-5 lets you feel welcome and comfortable. That is a feeling you won't find in the new Escape.

Test Drive The New Mazda and see for youself

The best way to find if the Mazda CX-5 for you is to take it for a spin. Contact Basney Mazda and schedule a test drive today! Shop for new Mazda CX-5 SUV near Michigan City, Mishawaka, Elkhart, Granger, and Goshen.


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