2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5

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Safety

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The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-5 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Tucson’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Tucson’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Tucson and the CX-5 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Mazda CX-5:

Tucson

CX-5

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

23%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

274 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

160/307 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

37%

37%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

205 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

86 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

449/262 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Mazda CX-5:

Tucson

CX-5

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

126 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

65 G’s

Hip Force

482 lbs.

524 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CX-5’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the CX-5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CX-5 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CX-5’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are over 44 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The CX-5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tucson has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tucson has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Hyundai Tucson as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Mazda CX-5 is only certified to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV) standards.

Transmission

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The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The CX-5 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tucson’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:

Tucson

CX-5

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

The Tucson stops much shorter than the CX-5:

Tucson

CX-5

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-5 (245/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5 Sport/Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The Tucson Sport’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the CX-5’s (34.9 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .5 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-5 with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Tucson has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The CX-5 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Tucson and the CX-5 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tucson is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The CX-5’s power window (except driver window) and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Tucson has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The CX-5 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $105 less than the CX-5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because typical repairs cost less on the Tucson than the CX-5, including $4 less for front brake pads, $36 less for a starter, $47 less for fuel injection, $3 less for a fuel pump, $35 less for front struts and $92 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $327 to $1572 less than for the Mazda CX-5.

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