2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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Safety

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Both the CX-5 and the RX 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

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

CX-5

RX Series

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

82

265

Neck Injury Risk

23%

42%

Neck Stress

274 lbs.

546 lbs.

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

135 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

160/307 lbs.

499/536 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

156

176

Neck Injury Risk

37%

53%

Neck Stress

205 lbs.

290 lbs.

Neck Compression

86 lbs.

90 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Lexus RX Series:

CX-5

RX Series

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

189 lbs.

214 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

524 lbs.

594 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

435 lbs.

685 lbs.

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

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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The RX Series is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

Warranty

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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

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As tested in Motor Trend the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid:

CX-5

RX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature AWD gets better fuel mileage than the RX 350 AWD (22 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 2.5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The RX Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda CX-5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature for maximum performance). The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the RX 450h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (36 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The CX-5 is 1 foot, 1.4 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the CX-5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The CX-5 has .3 inches more front headroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the RX Series with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 18.4 cubic feet). The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the RX Series with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 56.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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The CX-5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (2000 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-5’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the RX Series’ headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the CX-5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CX-5 will cost $180 to $3955 less than the RX Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because it costs $191 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-5 than the RX Series, including $910 less for a water pump, $230 less for a muffler, $63 less for front brake pads, $358 less for a starter, $142 less for a fuel pump, $1622 less for a timing belt/chain and $1682 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-5 will be $11767 to $16236 less than for the Lexus RX Series.

Recommendations

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The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 3 years. The RX Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Lexus RX Series by 39% during 2019.

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