2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Ford Escape 

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Ford Escape

It’s rare to find a model that comes as well equipped as its Mazda rival, but it does happen. All-new for 2020, the Ford Escape emerges with a refreshed list of amenities that puts it on par with the luxury-grade Mazda CX-5. See how these two feature-rich SUVs compete in our comparison of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Ford Escape.

If safety is a main concern, you’re covered from both sides. Each crossover line offers a comprehensive array of active safety features, which work together to enhance on-road awareness and track hazards ahead of time. The list of standard systems includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high beams.

2020 Mazda CX-5 


2020 Ford Escape 

$25,090  Starting MSRP  $24,885 

187 hp, 186 lb-ft

Base Engine 

1.5L EcoBoost I-3
181 hp, 190 lb-ft

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G turbocharged I-4
250 hp, 320 lb-ft

Available Engine 

2.0L EcoBoost I-4
250 hp, 280 lb-ft

2,000 - 3,500 lbs.  Towing Capacity  1,500 - 3,500 lbs. 

Comparing the Performance and Safety of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 & 2020 Ford Escape 

As shown in the comparison table provided, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 offers a more exhilarating drive with its line of potent SKYACTIV® powerhouses. The standard SKYACTIV®-G engine is also quicker, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. The new Ford Escape’s base EcoBoost engine makes the jump to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.

Completing the package, the Mazda SUV’s sophisticated SKYACTIV® torque-vectoring system fine-tunes each turn for nimble and precise handling like no other mainstream crossover on the road. In fact, the turning circle of the CX-5 is 1.2 feet tighter than that of the Escape (36 feet vs 37.2 feet).

The Mazda SUV even proves itself the safer of the two options. With the Adaptive Front-lighting System found on select models, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 earns the “Top Safety Pick+” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s the absolute highest title offered by the organization. The 2020 Ford Escape fails to meet the same stringent standards at the fault of its substandard headlight performance.

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