2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash

Safety

The CX-5 has standard E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The UX Series doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CX-5 and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-5’s warranty.

Engine

The CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (187 vs. 169) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (187 vs. 175) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 75 more horsepower (250 vs. 175) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.8 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.3 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

CX-5

UX Series

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature has standard 19-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-5’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the UX Series (106.2 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-5 is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (103.8 vs. 90.4).

The CX-5 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, 6.5 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the UX Series (30.9 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The CX-5 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The UX Series F SPORT’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

On extremely cold winter days, the CX-5 Grand Touring’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The UX Series doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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” in 2018. The UX Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos