2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Ford Escape 

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Ford Escape

The Mazda CX-5 hits a sweet spot in the market for compact crossovers with quality interiors, world-class features, and sophisticated torque-vectoring technology that makes it arguably the best driving vehicle in its class.

Does this year’s Ford Escape provide enough of an edge to make Mazda fans’ ears perk? That’s the question we’ve set out to answer in this comparison of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 versus the 2021 Ford Escape. 

2021 Mazda CX-5 


2021 Ford Escape

$25,370 Starting MSRP $24,885
2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder  Base Engine 1.5-liter inline 3-cylinder
187 horsepower, 186 lb-ft of torque Power Ratings 181 horsepower, 190 lb-ft of torque
25 city / 31 highway Fuel Economy 27 city / 33 highway

Advantages of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 

Both the Mazda CX-5 and the rivaling Ford Escape come with quite a large package of safety features that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a blind-spot detection system with rear cross-traffic, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high-beam headlights—but owners of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 also enjoy Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop-and-go for absolutely no extra cost. Other premium features available only on the Mazda CX-5 lineup include forward and reverse parking sensors, a head-up display, a 360-degree surround-view camera, and Mazda’s traffic sign recognition system.

That’s not to mention that the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is simply more refined in looks and material quality than other mainstream options. Even the least expensive model comes adorned with a new 10.25-inch center display, Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ integration, LED headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. At the top end of the lineup, the CX-5 Signature model features Premium Nappa leather seats, real wood accents, on-screen navigation, and so much more.

Crossover shoppers interested in learning more about the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the brand’s other entries can reach out to their local team of Mazda experts for more personalized assistance. For drivers in Memphis, TN and the surrounding area, Gwatney Mazda is your go-to place for all things Mazda.

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