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2021 Ford Escape vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2021 Ford
Escape

MSRP*: $25,555 to $36,455
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2021 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $25,370 to $37,505
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Invoice* $24,788 to $34,997 $24,896 to $36,044
MPG - City 23 - 44 MPG 22 - 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 37 MPG 27 - 31 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 60.8 - 65.4 ft3 59.6 ft3
Engine I-3, Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Automatic, Continuously Variable Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 165 - 250 hp 187 - 227 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 - 3,500 lbs 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 180.5 - 181.3 in 179.1 in
Exterior Width 74.1 in 72.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 38.9 - 40.7 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 39.3 in
Front 39.3 - 39.7 in
Rear 39.0 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Ford Escape offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Mazda CX-5, with comparable head- and legroom. The Ford Escape will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
The Ford Escape requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda CX-5, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Ford Escape or the Mazda CX-5, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Escape will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Mazda CX-5.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Escape is much wider than the Mazda CX-5, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Ford Escape takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda CX-5.

Handling
The Ford Escape has a larger turning radius than the Mazda CX-5, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 is clearly the choice over the Ford Escape for pulling heavy loads. The Ford Escape has a little less horsepower than the Mazda CX-5.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Ford Escape doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-5.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Escape and the Mazda CX-5. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Ford Escape as you will in the Mazda CX-5.

Warranty
The Ford Escape comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda CX-5.