2019 Mazda CX-5 vs Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4

Loaded with state-of-the-art technology, the Mazda CX-5 sets the bar high when it comes to comfortable, refined, powerful crossover SUVs. With bold, striking styling, a quiet and well-appointed interior and a full slate of amenities, you'll love the way the Mazda CX-5 inspires confidence and makes the trip as enjoyable as the destination. Let's take a quick look at what the CX-5 offers, and how it stacks up against some of the competition.

Mazda CX-5 Power and Performance

With a 227 horsepower 2.5 liter turbo engine, you won't ever be lacking power with the CX-5. That's a lot heftier number than the Ford Escape's 168 horsepower from its 2.5 liter engine...and the Mazda can trailer 2000 lbs vs the Escape's 1500 pound rating. It also compares well against the Subaru Forester (182 horsepower) and Toyota RAV4 (184 horsepower). That horsepower edge translates to brisk performance as well, with a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds, vs 7.6 seconds for the Honda CR-V and a pokey 9.2 seconds for the Ford Escape.

Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

When it comes to gas mileage, the CX-5 is right up there with the best-in-class, with EPA ratings of 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway. Compare that to 22/28 mpg for the Chevrolet Equinox, 21/29 mpg for the VW Tiguan or 20/27 mpg for the Ford Escape, and the choice is pretty clear.

Mazda CX-5 Safety and Features

Electric-assisted power steering gives the CX-5 excellent road feel and responsiveness, and Mazda's Control Plus system works to enhance traction and minimize roll when cornering or braking (without taking too much control from the driver). It's available with lane-departure warnings and lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, blind spot alerts, rear cross-traffic monitoring and standard low-speed automatic emergency braking, keeping you safe around Chicagoland. It also features an infotainment system with a 7" touch screen and an intuitive interface that's simple and easy to use. All in all, the CX-5's suite of features are a better package than the competition, with the sort of quality and sophistication you've come to expect from Mazda.

When you consider the whole package, the CX-5 is a category-leading crossover SUV that really delivers with state-of-the-art features, performance, fuel economy and comfort, all in a size and dimensions that make it perfect for Chicago driving. Stop by Wilkins Mazda and set up a test drive -- you won't be disappointed!