2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CX-5 and the UX Series 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, 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 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 6 more horsepower (187 vs. 181) and 186 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs.) 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 69 more horsepower (250 vs. 181) and 310 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs.) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 139 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 290 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs.) 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 2.5 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 GT Reserve/Signature

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.

The CX-5 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 13.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (103.6 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.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

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

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.

Both the CX-5 and the UX Series offer available heated front seats. The CX-5 Grand Touring also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the UX Series.

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

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Lexus UX Series by over 332 to one during 2018.

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