Seaside Mazda Shoppers Compare The 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Hyundai Tucson

Compact crossover SUVs are soaring in popularity today, and all indications are this trend will continue, as this vehicle class becomes even more in demand with buyers at dealers like the Mazda dealership near Seaside. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is one compact SUV that stands out from its competitors, thanks to its sporty handling. The CX-5 is fun to drive, and it also delivers the utility that makes crossovers so appealing. And the Mazda CX-5 is one of the most attractive entries in its class.

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson is another popular compact SUV that competes with the CX-5. In this review, we’ll compare these two vehicles head to head to discover which one emerges as the best.

Engine
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is powered by a 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine that makes 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2018 Hyundai Tucson is equipped with a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. As you can see, the CX-5’s engine is larger and more powerful.

Fuel Economy
With the price of oil constantly in flux, fuel economy is an important consideration for most car buyers. CX-5 owners will make fewer trips to the gas station. With front-wheel drive, the CX-5’s four-cylinder engine returns an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Compare this with the Tucson’s base four-banger, which only gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with four-wheel drive.

Drivability
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 delivers handling unmatched by few vehicles in its class, with the ability to take turns effortlessly. Edmunds noted the Tucson’s turbocharged engine hesitates when you step on the accelerator, which can be unnerving when you need to get through an intersection. When it comes to drivability, Edmunds described the Tucson as being merely competent.

Towing
Buyers looking for a crossover with the power to pull a load should choose the CX-5 over the Tucson. With a towing capacity of 2000 pounds, the CX-5 has twice as much towing capacity as the Tucson, which can only tow up to 1,000 pounds.

Adaptive Cruise Control
The Mazda CX-5 features an available adaptive cruise control system. Drivers can set the following distance between the CX-5 and the vehicle ahead, and the system will adjust the CX-5’s speed accordingly. Adaptive cruise control isn’t offered on the Hyundai Tuscon.

Voice Recognition Technology
The Mazda CX-5’s infotainment system comes with voice recognition technology, which allows the driver to use voice commands to perform tasks like making a call, listening to a podcast or changing the radio station. All the menu options can be activated using voice commands. Voice recognition isn’t available on the Tucson.

Passenger Space
The driver and passenger have more room to stretch out in the 2018 Mazda CX-5 than in the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. The CX-5 has more total passenger volume, more front headroom and more rear hip room.

In the End
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Hyundai Tucson are both excellent vehicles. When you consider important aspects like the horsepower and torque, fuel economy, driving dynamics and towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 is victorious.