2021 Mazda CX-5
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Escape
15.3 gallons
Fuel capacity
14.8 gallons
187 horsepower
Engine Power
181 horsepower
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Available on higher trims
10.25 inches
Infotainment touchscreen display size
4.25 inches

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs Ford Escape

When you're on the hunt for a new SUV, all the options can be intimidating. There are seemingly endless features and options in such a crowded class, and it can be dizzying. At Pearson Mazda, we want to help make this decision easier for you. This is why we took a few minutes to put two of the most popular vehicles in their class head-to-head in a comparison. Below you'll find all the information you need to make an educated decision between the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Ford Escape.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Power & Handling

There are two different engines available under the hood of the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Starting things off is the 2.5-liter inline-4 cylinder engine under the hood of the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims. This pushes out 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5L engine is hooked up to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. All CX-5 trims and both engines come standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is an available option. The Carbon Edition Turbo trim comes with a turbocharged 2.5L I-4 that cranks out 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged engine also comes standard under the hood of the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims.

2021 Ford Escape Power & Handling

The 2021 Ford Escape also has two gas option engines. The first of which is a turbocharged 1.3L I-3 cylinder engine that puts out 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. Like the CX-5, all-wheel drive is optional on the Escape, while front-wheel drive is the norm. Available on higher trim levels is a 2.0L turbocharged I-4 cylinder engine. This provides drivers with up to 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic. For those seeking more efficiency, there is also a hybrid option.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Features & Design

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 gives owners the luxury car feel without having to pay the luxury car price. Seven trim levels make up the CX-5 lineup, Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Carbon Edition Turbo, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. The entry-level sport trim kicks off the excitement with a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, keyless entry/push-button start, a full suite of driver aids including blindspot monitoring and lane-keep assist, 17-inch alloy wheels, and automatic LED headlights. Touring tacks on additional features like dual-zone automatic climate control, rear USB ports, rear vents, and heated front seats. The Carbon Edition trims add more luxury like black 19-inch alloy wheels, heated red leather seats, and a honeycomb grille. The Grand Touring trim turns it up a notch with leather upholstery, a power moonroof, paddle shifters, LED taillights, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. The Grand Touring Reserve adds even more like traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. The top-of-the-line Signature trim adds Nappa leather upholstery, real wood trim, navigation, a 360-degree surround-view camera, and smart city brake support.

2021 Ford Escape Features & Design

The 2021 Ford Escape comes in five trims, S, SE, SEL, SE Sport Hybrid, and Titanium Hybrid. The base-level S trim provides things like a 1.5L engine, driver aids, second-row sliding seats, a 4.2-inch infotainment touchscreen with radio only, manual single-zone climate control, and 16-inch steel wheels. SE trim brings an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, keyless entry/push-button start, and heated front seats. The SEL trim adds on simulated leather seating, remote start, an optional turbocharged engine, and a heated steering wheel. The Hybrid trims bring a hybrid engine, lane-keep assist, blindspot monitoring, dual-zone manual climate control, leather-trimmed front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.


If the differences between these two vehicles were starting to all blur together, we hope that you're seeing things a bit clearer by now. With more powerful engines, a much larger standard touchscreen, standard keyless entry, and push-button start, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is the clear choice when you're searching for a new SUV. If you're still not convinced, please come on down to Pearson Mazda to experience the newest CX-5 first hand. A friendly member of our expert sales team will give you a tour of our inventory, show you all the features, and accompany you on a test drive. You can also find our full inventory right here on our website. We can't wait to see you!

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