2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CX-5 and the Tucson 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-5’s reliability 34 points higher than the Tucson.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

The CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (187 vs. 164) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (187 vs. 181) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 69 more horsepower (250 vs. 181) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda CX-5 (base engine) is faster than the Tucson 2.0 4 cyl.:

 

CX-5

Tucson

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

80.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

CX-5

Tucson

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

22 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

22 city/25 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.5 Turbo/Auto

22 city/27 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Tucson doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tucson:

 

CX-5

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The CX-5 stops shorter than the Tucson:

 

CX-5

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-5’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Tucson (106.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For greater off-road capability the CX-5 has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (7.5 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the CX-5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear hip room than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the CX-5 is 1.4 inches lower than the Tucson (17.6” vs. 19”). The CX-5’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Tucson’s (18.2” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5’s cargo area is larger than the Tucson’s in almost every dimension:

 

CX-5

Tucson

Max Width

57”

53”

Min Width

41.3”

40.7”

Height

32.4”

35.2”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Tucson doesn’t offer memory seats.

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 Tucson doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-5’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tucson’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-5 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $261 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the CX-5 than the Tucson, including $91 less for a water pump, $107 less for a muffler and $17 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Hyundai Tucson isn't recommended.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2018. The Tucson has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Hyundai Tucson by 12% during the 2018 model year.

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