2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5 – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2019 Ford Escape

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    Starting at

    $24,105

    2019 Mazda CX-5

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    Starting at

    $24,350

    168-245 HPHorsepower187 to 227 HP
    34/68 cu.ft.Cargo Space30.9/59.6 cu.ft.
    3,500 LBSTowing Capacity2,000 LBS

    Some cars are stylish, some are strong, and some are spacious, but what If you need something that can do it all? Well, the 2019 Ford Escape vs 2019 Mazda CX-5 are two of the most balanced vehicle options on the market. Both are classified as compact SUVs that have all the charm of a stunning sedan with all the boldness of a truck mixed together in a perfectly sensible vehicle that fits into anyone’s everyday lifestyle.

    The 2019 Ford Escape is one of Fords most popular SUV options. Anyone looking for a versatile automotive with plenty of style, features, and reliability, will find this to be an ideal ally on the road. A beastly beauty with just enough of everything the everyday driver will want in an automotive, the 2019 Escape is one vehicle many will have a difficult time finding fault in.

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is a dynamic compact SUV that attempts to change the nature of this class. As far as basic stats go, it completely averages in all aspects, but some drivers find an unexplainable draw to its faux-luxury styling and accommodations. It is truly a sharp model with plenty of potentials, but for those that believe it is what’s inside that matter, you may find a better partner elsewhere.

    Neither model was designed to offer a massive amount of space, but they do both provide enough room for making weekend trips to the beach and frequent errands a breeze. As far as comparing the two, the 2019 Ford Escape takes the lead in nearly every category from affordability to performance. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is just a touch more expensive, a fair amount smaller, and depending on your needs will not be able to rise to the level of performance potential you desire. One is bold, and the other is sharp, but the overall better model will be the one that suits your own personal style in the most ways possible.

  • Design

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    2019 Ford Escape

    Designed with just enough classic Ford boldness and everyday charm, the 2019 Ford Escape manages to appeal to a wide variety of drivers. By keeping the structure simple and the features dynamic this model succeeded at displaying a style that anyone can find alluring in their routine vehicle. That being said, there are much more to this model than simple yet enthralling exterior design choices.

    When it comes to utility, The 2019 Ford Escape is a compact SUV that seats up to five passengers comfortably. The second-row seating can easily be folded to allow for a generous 68 cubic feet of cargo space, but even when you need all the seating for passengers this model still grants 34 cubic feet of space. The basic point of this model is to make day-to-day life easier while on the road, and the 2019 Escape manages that with a nearly flawless design for its class. Whether you are running errands or taking a mini-vacation, it never fails to keep you prepared.

    2019 Mazda CX-5

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is dynamic by design. While the 2019 Ford Escape is straightforward by design, the 2019 CX-5 attempts to be more sharp and sporty when it comes to appearances. For a compact SUV, this style choice is truly something unique, but it doesn’t make up for what it lacks in utility.

    The utility specs of the 2019 CX-5 are a little less appealing than the 2019 Escape as it only offers 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space when all seating is up and 59.6 cubic feet when second-row seating is down. While it still manages to hold five passengers, it will not be as roomy for them or as convenient for you when compared to other models in its class.

    Basically, those looking for something that is uniquely sporty in design will be pleased with the 2019 Mazda CX-5, but those looking for overall practicality will be let down by what it has to offer even on its best day.

  • Performance

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    2019 Ford Escape

    Far from a pushover, the 2019 Ford Escape flawlessly delivers results with three impressive and reliable engine options. Each engine offers its own driving experience, and depending on what you expect out of your 2019 Escape you will need to measure the pros and cons of each model carefully.

    The standard engine option that comes with the basic S trim is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. This is ideal for those whose main focus is saving money, but still, desire something reliable and balanced in performance.

    The next engine option is a 1.5L 4-cylinder with 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque that comes standard with the SE or SEL trim levels. This is just a step up from the previous engine, but it slightly improves every factor that matters. Those looking for a middle of the road option will feel most comfortable with this choice.

    Lastly, there is the top-tier engine option which pushes the 2019 Escape to its max potential. This 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine that provides some serious heat with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Those looking for the best of the best will only feel satisfied with this option.

    All three options on paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. On top of the engines, the 2019 Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds and has a max EPA of 30 mpg highway. Additionally, it has its own FWD and AWD systems in place for handling any form of rough terrain. While it can’t climb mounts, it will get you through every winter snowstorm and spring flood. Overall, when it comes to performance, the 2019 Ford Escape is one of the best options on the market.

    2019 Mazda CX-5

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is not at the top or bottom of its class when it comes to performance capabilities. With two engine options, it gives drivers a selection of either a basic or advanced performance model.

    The standard option is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that pushes out 187hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. This is available as the base engine which means it costs less and focuses on everyday efficiency. The advanced option is a 2.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. This is the all or nothing option that was built to assure you have more than enough power to make it through whatever the day has in store. These are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is no adventure model, but it does the trick when it comes to handling sudden changes in the terrain or weather. With an FWD and AWD option, you won’t have to worry about the path untaken.

    While its two engine options are good enough for the everyday commuter, it can’t compete with the 2019 Ford Escape on its best day when it comes to options and overall reliability of performance.

  • Technology

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    2019 Ford Escape

    The technology of the 2019 Ford Escape centers around the Sync3 infotainment system allows you to easily and instantly connect to a vast number of features through Bluetooth, touchscreen, and voice-activation technology. Many utilize Sync3 to connect with their Apple or Android smartphones. Once connected, your 2019 Ford Escape can help you make calls, send texts, play music, and get directions without even taking your eyes off the road. This system also is how many of Ford's safety monitoring systems will be controlled and alert you. The rear-view camera, for example, is displayed directly through the infotainment systems touchscreen.

    While it may not be the most brilliant model on the market, the 2019 Ford Escape is perfectly suited for anyone looking for easy-to-use technology that you can depend on to work when and how you need it to.

    2019 Mazda CX-5

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is a Japanese vehicle that works hard to deliver top-of-the-line technology options. The basic infotainment system includes a 7-inch touch screen, AM/FM/HD radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, auxiliary audio input, and a 4-speaker setup. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connective, there is nearly nothing you can’t do while on the road. Whether it be listening to your personal playlist, or getting directors to the beach, there is more than enough standard and advanced tech options to satisfy any driver.

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