2016 Ford Escape vs 2016 Mazda CX-5
2016 Ford Escape 2016 Mazda CX-5
240 hp Top Horsepower 184 hp
2.5-L four-cylinder (168 hp) Base Engine 2.0-L four-cylinder (155 hp)
Ford MyKey Parental Controls N/A
68.1 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 64.8 cubic feet

2016 Ford Escape vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Ford Escape optional sunroof

When folks are in the market for a compact crossover, they want many things. Space, comfortable handling, and versatility come to the top of the pile. Yet oftentimes one of the things that is missing in this practical class is a sense of fun. Both of the vehicles in this 2016 Ford Escape vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 comparison are the exception that proves the rule. They are both small crossovers that deliver on the basic necessities while also offering an engaging driving experience. We're going to look at each of these a little more carefully and see which one might appeal more.

One of the first things that stands out when comparing these two crossovers is the powertrain options. The 2016 Mazdas CX-5 is available with a choice of two very fuel-efficient engine options. Either of these engines offers respectable power and acceleration. However, drivers who are really searching for a heavy dose of fun with the maneuverability and versatility features of a small crossover may lean toward the plethora of powertrain options on the 2016 Ford Escape. The base engine already offers more power than the Mazda equivalent, but with the available top-of-the-line 2.0-liter turbocharged engine the Escape can offer a breathless 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. That is much more than anything the 2016 Mazda CX-5 can offer.

Interior dimensions on the 2016 Escape

When comparing the 2016 Ford Escape vs 2016 Mazda CX-5, it is also worth mentioning interior space. The Escape offers generous rear leg room and also offers 34.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats for luggage. That can expand to 68.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. In contrast, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 offers only 64.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. The CX-5 does, however, offer similarly generous rear seating, so passenger comfort is top-of-the-line in both vehicles.

Both of these crossover SUVs are available with three trim levels and multiple advanced features. We especially like the Ford MyKey parental control system available on the 2016 Ford Escape. This allows one of the crossover's keys to be programmed with restrictions on sound system volume and top speed, while also making sure that the vehicle will not move out of park if the seatbelts have not been engaged. While not necessary for every family or individual, this system means that parents don't have to worry as much about learning drivers being distracted or reckless on the road. To learn more about this comparison, or the 2016 Ford Escape near Atlanta GA, contact Akins Ford today at 866-625-1965.

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