2020 Toyota C-HR vs. 2020 Mazda CX-5

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota C-HR have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Mazda CX-5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The C-HR’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 C-HR’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 C-HR and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Toyota C-HR is safer than the Mazda CX-5:

C-HR

CX-5

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

80

81

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

126 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

65 G’s

Hip Force

508 lbs.

524 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

243

449

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

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the C-HR for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CX-5.

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

C-HR

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

CX-5

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

Transmission

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The C-HR has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The C-HR stops much shorter than the CX-5:

C-HR

CX-5

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The C-HR LE’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 C-HR XLE/Limited’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The C-HR Limited handles at .81 G’s, while the CX-5 Signature AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the CX-5’s (34.2 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota C-HR may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

The C-HR is 7.9 inches shorter than the CX-5, making the C-HR easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the C-HR is 1.6 inches lower than the CX-5 (16” vs. 17.6”). The C-HR’s rear step up height is 1.7 inches lower than the CX-5’s (16.5” vs. 18.2”).

Servicing Ease

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The C-HR 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 C-HR and the CX-5 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the C-HR 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.

If the windows are left open on the C-HR the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the CX-5 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The C-HR’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature.

The C-HR has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature.

Economic Advantages

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The C-HR will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the C-HR will retain 57.63% to 57.78% of its original price after five years, while the CX-5 only retains 49.18% to 50.13%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota C-HR will be $4983 to $11392 less than for the Mazda CX-5.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota C-HR and the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-HR second among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The CX-5 isn’t in the top three.

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