As busy people in the East Stroudsburg, Brodheadsville, and Easton areas ourselves, we understand how important it is to have a capable car. To keep up with their daily duties, many drivers around Stroudsburg and Brodheadsville have considered the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape SUVs.

With their responsive handling and spacious interiors, the team at Ray Price Mazda believes that an SUV is a great choice for all kinds of drivers. However, which one is the best choice for local drivers? To answer that question, we compared the Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V vs. Ford Escape.

MAZDA CX-5 vs Honda CR-V vs Ford Escape: Drivetrain

Here in Pennsylvania, we tend to enjoy snow during our winters. Therefore, many local drivers require an SUV with all-wheel drive (AWD). The good news? The Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape all have available AWD systems.

By choosing the AWD system, your SUV will actively monitor the driving conditions of the road and automatically redistribute torque to the right wheels. The result? Improved traction!

While the AWD system doesn't come standard on the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, or Honda CR-V, all three SUVs make it available with the base trim level.

Engine Specs

To understand each SUV's performance in all types of conditions, let's take a look at the best available engines they all have. 

In the Ford Escape, the available 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 engine delivers 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. To have the best traction, though, you'll need to opt for the available AWD system.

The Honda CR-V offers its AWD system across all trim levels. Its 1.5L turbocharged engine generates 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.

The Mazda CX-5, however, surpasses the other two SUVs with its Skyactiv®-G 2.5T engine, which produces an impressive 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The CR-V and Escape can't keep up with that kind of raw power.

Plus, the higher Mazda CX-5 trims come standard with i-Activ AWD®. Venture out on your next adventure behind the wheel of the Mazda CX-5 thanks to its enhanced stability and dynamic performance!

MAZDA CX-5 vs Honda CR-V vs Ford Escape: Infotainment

If you like to stay connected, informed, and entertained during your adventures, you'll be happy with the infotainment systems available in all three SUVs.

Inside the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape, you'll find standard Bluetooth® connectivity. This feature allows you to link your smartphone to your car, so you can make phone calls and stream music.

They also all come with a touchscreen display to easily view your selected song, caller ID, and available turn-by-turn navigation directions. However, to access this information, you have to divert your eyes from the road ahead.

Luckily, the Mazda CX-5 offers a solution: the available Active Driving Display. This cutting-edge display projects important information directly onto the lower portion of your windshield. That way, you're always informed about safety system warnings, your current speed, route guidance, and other vital information without taking your eyes off the road.

On the Mazda CX-5, the Active Driving Display comes standard on higher trim levels. As for the Ford Escape, you'll have to upgrade to receive a comparable feature. The Honda CR-V, on the other hand, doesn't have this feature available on any of its trims.


Interior Space for Passengers

Whether you're carpooling to the game or dropping your children off at practice, it's important to have a spacious cabin. That way, everyone can be comfortable during your trips.

The Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and Honda CR-V all have similar front-row hip room measurements, checking in between 55.1 inches or 55.2 inches. For drivers in the second row, however, they'll prefer the 55.3 inches of hip room of the Mazda CX-5. The Escape affords just 53.3 inches, while the CR-V becomes rather tight, offering just 49.5 inches.

Eye-Catching Exterior Appeal

When you choose your next ride, you should be pleased by its design and style. Fortunately, the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, and Honda CR-V have their own unique designs that make them stand out among the crowd. However, only one SUV blends stunning style with sheer practicality.

The Mazda CX-5 commands your attention with its sleek build. The standard 17-inch wheels with Gray Metallic finish announce your arrival. The LED headlights illuminate the path ahead, so you can easily cruise down dark streets.

The available Adaptive Front-lighting System pivots your headlights in the direction you're turning to improve your visibility at night. The Mazda CX-5 also features:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • High Beam Control
  • Auto-leveling LED headlights

The auto-leveling feature of the LED headlights will adjust to the level of the vehicle. That way, you'll have superb visibility during all your drives. Plus, it gives you time to respond to unexpected obstacles in the road.

As for the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, they do have several LED features. For instance, the CR-V has available LED headlights with auto-on/off. With the Ford Escape, you have LED signature lighting. However, they can't compete with the comprehensive lighting systems of the Mazda CX-5.

2020 MAZDA CX-5 vs Honda CR-V vs Ford Escape: Time for a Test Drive

After comparing the Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V vs. Ford Escape, our team at Ray Price Mazda found the winner: the 2020 Mazda CX-5! With its refined performance, high-tech features, and elegant exterior design, it's a solid choice for drivers around East Stroudsburg, Easton, and Saylorsville.

Are you ready to take our top pick out for a drive around Stroudsburg and Brodheadsville? You can do so by visiting our dealership or contacting our team.

Contact us to test drive the Mazda CX-5 today!

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