2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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.

Engine

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

CX-5

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

Blazer

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 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).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CX-5 easier. The CX-5’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.2 inches, while the Blazer’s liftover is 30.4 inches.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

The CX-5 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts 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 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.

Recommendations

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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