2019 Ford EcoSport vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the EcoSport and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford EcoSport is safer than the Mazda CX-5:

 

EcoSport

CX-5

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

81

Abdominal Force

95 G’s

126 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

195

208

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

65 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

215

449

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

There are over 5 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the EcoSport’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the EcoSport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CX-5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The EcoSport has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Ford EcoSport as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Mazda CX-5 is only certified to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV) standards.

Transmission

The EcoSport offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The CX-5 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The EcoSport stops shorter than the CX-5:

 

EcoSport

CX-5

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The EcoSport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5 Sport/Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The EcoSport’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The EcoSport has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the EcoSport’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the CX-5’s (35 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis

The Ford EcoSport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

The EcoSport is 1 foot, 5.8 inches shorter than the CX-5, making the EcoSport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the EcoSport and the CX-5 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the EcoSport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The EcoSport’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CX-5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The EcoSport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The EcoSport (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the EcoSport is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because typical repairs cost less on the EcoSport than the CX-5, including $38 less for a water pump, $51 less for a starter and $137 less for fuel injection.

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