2018 Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5

On the hunt for a crossover SUV that's not only spacious but powerful, capable, and full of cutting-edge technology? You're in the right place! The 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 are leaders in these categories; this can make choosing between them tough but exciting.

In this comparison, we at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg will show you how these two vehicles stack up against each other when it comes to performance, interior space, and technology. Read ahead to get started!

Escape vs CX-5: Performance

As comparably capable crossover SUVs, the 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 have quite a bit in common under the hood. Both models are standardly equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drivetrain.

Both models also offer an alternate drivetrain that you can opt for. In the Ford Escape, for example, you can switch out the front-wheel drivetrain for an Intelligent FWD. This advanced all-wheel drive system collects traction and road-condition data every 16 milliseconds so it can perfectly adjust the torque displacement.

Additionally, the Escape offers quite a bit of trailering capability with a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. In the CX-5, you'll unfortunately max out at 2,000 pounds, and you'll also miss out on the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive capabilities of the Escape.

Escape vs CX-5: Interior Space

Inside the 2018 Ford Escape you'll have plenty of space for both your passengers and your cargo. On top of offering a whopping 43.1 inches of front legroom and 39 inches of rear headroom, the Escape also provides you with 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space even when all five seats are in use.

Still need more space? No problem! Utilize the Escape's 60/40 split-folding rear seats to utilize the Escape's 67.8 total cubic feet of cargo space. Additionally, packing your cargo in this model couldn't be easier with the available hands-free foot-activated liftgate.

The Mazda CX-5, on the other hand, won't give you as much space on either front. You'll still get 39 inches of rear headroom, but you'll only have 41 inches of front legroom and 59.6 cubic feet of total cargo space. Plus, you'll miss out on the hands-free liftgate.  

Ford vs Mazda: Technology

Both the 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 offer some impressive technology features that enhance both convenience and entertainment. Both crossovers offer multi-faceted infotainment systems that provide Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, satellite radio, voice command recognition, rear-view camera integration, and turn-by-turn navigation.

One feature you'll miss out on with the Mazda's infotainments system, though, is Wi-Fi® hotspot connectivity. In the Escape, you can connect your Wi-Fi-capable device to the hotspot for convenient surfing and streaming on the road.

Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5: The Verdict

Though the 2018 Mazda CX-5 offers several good features, it's clear that the 2018 Ford Escape comes out on top in every category. Come experience this impressive crossover for yourself at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg. Shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can schedule a test drive today by contacting us online!

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