2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the CX-5 and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.


The CX-5’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).


From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.


The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer V6:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.7 sec

17 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the Blazer:




2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/28 hwy


2.2 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

27 city/30 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy



3.6 DOHC V6.

20 city/27 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy


3.6 DOHC V6.

18 city/25 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-5 stops shorter than the Blazer:



60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The CX-5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the Blazer’s (60.1% to 39.9%). This gives the CX-5 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Blazer’s (36 feet vs. 38.7 feet).


The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Chevrolet Blazer.

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

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has .4 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear hip room than the Blazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CX-5’s rear seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the CX-5 is .9 inches lower than the Blazer (17.6” vs. 18.5”). The CX-5’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the Blazer’s (18.2” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a larger cargo volume than the Blazer with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 30.5 cubic feet).


The CX-5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).


The CX-5 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Blazer doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-5’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The CX-5’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Blazer has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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