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Comparing the 2014 Mazda CX-5 and the 2014 Ford Escape

By Greg Morris

A compact SUV is a great way to get the luxury of an SUV without having to sacrifice the looks and ease of operation that is generally seen in a car. Two of the most popular compact SUV models available now are the 2014 Mazda CX-5 and the 2014 Ford Escape. Both are designed with ease of operation in mind and are created to appeal to a group of people who are looking for something a little began than a sedan. Both models boast competitive pricing, power, safety and fuel economy that people have come to expect from any SUV line.

Both the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape are right on par with the pricing of other SUV models in their class. For the basic front wheel drive option, the Mazda CX-5 has a starting MSRP of $21,395; while the Ford Escape has a starting MSRP of $23,100. Mazda offers the CX-5 in both front wheel and all-wheel drive while ford offers the Escape in front wheel and four wheel drive only. Buyers can expect to pay around $10,000 more for the most expensive package option on both vehicles. The vehicles are very similar in price, but it is important to note that the Mazda vehicle is slightly more affordable in every package option.

The major difference between the Mazda and the Ford compact SUVs is their performance. The Mazda base model comes with a 6 speed manual transmission; the Ford comes with a 6 speed automatic transmission. Both models are available with automatic and manual transmissions, but the manual Mazda has shown in reviews to handle better than the Ford model. It is important to note that both cars are made for a “fun” style of driving and were made to handle rough terrain as well as quick highway speeds. From the perspective of current owners as well as test drivers the Mazda has been made for comfort, luxury, quick acceleration and is a cut above other compact SUVs in its class.

Many SUV styles have been designed with the sole purpose of safety and have been marketed to the elderly and to families looking for an extremely safe car for their children to ride in. The newer and more compact SUV styles were not designed for this specific reason, but seem to boast many of the same safety features that are seen in larger SUVs. The Mazda CX-5 has proven to be safer than the Ford Escape in crash tests. The CX-5 was rated 5 stars in all categories except for rollover, where it was rated a 4. The Ford was rated 4 stars in all categories except for side crash where it took a 5 star rating.

In an economy such as the one that we are seeing in 2014, gas mileage in a car is just as important as handling and safety features. The Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape 2014 models were both designed with gas prices in mind. Gone are the days where SUVs relied on more gas than the sedan car styles. The Escape boasts an impressive 22 miles per gallon city and 31 miles per gallon highway average. The CX-5 boasts an even more impressive 26 miles per gallon city and 32 miles per gallon highway average.

When choosing an SUV, it is extremely important to weigh all of the options that are available on the market. Looking at facts and statistics will help decide which compact SUV styles to look at. Looking at and test driving the SUV models based on their hard facts will help decide which one would be a better option. The Escape and CX-5 are both excellent compact SUV styles, but the 2014 Mazda CX-5 has much more to offer for anyone looking for a compact SUV.

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