Revitalizing or Rebellious? 2020 ford escape vs. 2020 Mazda cx 5

Revitalizing or Rebellious? 2020 ford escape vs. 2020 Mazda cx 5

SUV crossovers are so popular due to their everlasting performance, strong handling, and more refinement. It provides different values with more practicality and fun to drive. American’s have been loving more glamorous SUVs than sedans and the market share of SUVs has increased.

Both the crossovers are impressive in their element choosing one is a difficult task, to begin with, the purchase. The Ford Escape is redesigned with a three-cylinder engine also updated with fresh interior and exteriors. The Mazda CX-5 has alluring interiors and is fun to drive. Let’s have a look at both of them to see what they’ve to offer and how they’re distinctive from each other.

Mazda offers three different four-cylinder engines with two gasoline and one diesel engine while Ford offers a turbocharged engine with a gas-electric hybrid power -train. The CX-5 Grand Touring offers 2.5-liter with all-wheel-drive and Ford escape SE trims have all-wheel-drive with different features.

Electrifying Engine and Performance

They both differ in engines as Ford comes with the standard turbocharged 1.5liter inline-three engines which generate 180 horsepower while Mazda CX-5offers 2.5 liter four-banger which generates 187hp and covers the distance of 0-60mph in 8.0 seconds. The Ford’s smaller engine competes with the CX-5 with the EPA of 29 MPG. 


The Mazda CX-5 hand easy controls, more refined and are designed for the people who love driving. Escape comes with rigid refined, loud thumps from escape’s floor and structure which is very noisier than the CX-5. Ford comes with the 1.5-liter Eco boost three-cylinder engine that generates 180horsepower. Ford is more responsive in comparison with Mazda CX-5 and Ford is quieter at the time of hard acceleration. 


CX-5 delivers a healthy fuel economy 24 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway and Escape delivers a fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.

Sublime interiors and exteriors

Mazda CX-5 has elegant looks that share different design cues from their sports car segment. It has fine flares in the front wheels, narrow headlights with high-end cabin materials that are better looking. Mazda has three cubic-feet space with folded rear seats. 


Escape has a spacious cabin with a large window, decent cargo hold with 34 cubic feet space and decent powertrain with the towing capacity of 2000 pounds. It offers all-wheel-drive in different modes with smooth edges and a chiseled body. Ford offers more safety features i.e. active safety technology, automated braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assistance.


Ford has more cargo capacity with 34 cubic feet in the back and 65 cubes in folded second-row. The Ford Sync 3 infotainment system has an 8.0-inch screen larger than Mazda with quick response and easy navigation. CX-5 comes with a small touchscreen with a newer infotainment system and also has a rotary control knob on the center console. Both the system includes features i.e. Apple car play and Android Auto.

Safety features

CX-5 has a standard 360-degree monitor which helps in seeing the objects around the vehicle. Escape comes with the rear monitor with front and rear parking sensors which flash the lights. They both have passed the crash test from IIHS with all standard driver-assistance features.


Mazda CX-5 is more stylish whereas Ford offers high technology with a smart interior. Ford offers a bigger infotainment system and better fuel economy. CX-5 comes as $5000 more expensive than the escape which adds value to the money with its smooth driving experience. We would recommend Mazda CX-5 as our pick with its refined features and capability of the compact crossover.

How much does Mazda CX5 and Ford Escape cost?

The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape costs $30,485 and Mazda CX-5 comes at a price of $35,500.

Basis 2020 Mazda CX-5  2020 Ford Escape
Engine 2.5-liter four-banger engine 1.5liter inline-three engines 
Horsepower 187hp 181hp
EPA 26 city/ 31 highway 24 city/ 30 highway
Drivetrain All-wheel-drive All-wheel-drive
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
MSRP $35,500 $30,485 

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