Small crossovers are one of the most popular segments in the automotive market, and it’s not difficult to understand why. They offer convenience, space and versatility at a more reasonable price than bigger SUVs, although they aren’t as attractive to drive. The 2020 Mazda CX-5, however, might be the exception. This vehicle not only offers enjoyable handling and plenty of space to stretch, but it also has an attractive and upscale interior that makes it stand out from the rest.
At Cardenas Mazda we know that before opting for a vehicle you need to do some research and contrast different models so you can feel confident with your purchase. That’s why we are comparing the new Mazda CX-5 to the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, one of the most emblematic models in this category. Would you like to know which features give the CX-5 its unique identity? Keep reading this side-by-side comparison to learn more about both vehicles.
Right from the start, we can state the new Mazda CX-5 offers a bit more of everything at a lower price. The entry-level trim comes equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and although all-wheel drive is optional on the base engine, it is included in all turbo editions of the crossover. The Mazda not only offers more power than the Jeep, but it also delivers better fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated rating of 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The upper trims of the CX-5 feature a powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged V4 that delivers up to 250 horsepower.
When it comes to technology, the CX-5 also takes the upper hand. The base Sport offers a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker stereo system, and HD radio. A new 8.0-inch infotainment display is available on higher trim levels, as well as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, a navigation system, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, and four USB ports.
In addition to the infotainment system, Mazda has made its i-Activesense suite of safety gear standard for the CX-5. All models now feature forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is also included.