The Rivalry Between 2018 Mazda CX-5 and its Small SUV Siblings Heats Up in Fairfax, VA

The segment and market for compact crossovers are busier and more jam-packed with options than ever. That's especially true here in our Fairfax neighborhood. Chances are that you've probably noticed this, too, and as a result, your eye for a new SUV has become more discerning. You're in search of that unmistakable connection between driver, passenger, and vehicle that can't be found elsewhere, with the exceptional combination of style, capability, and premium appointments that stands out from the rest. Luckily, these are exactly what Mazda had in mind when, according to its "KODO: Soul of Motion" philosophy, it designed the new Mazda CX-5.

A model of Japanese craftsmanship excellence, the new Mazda CX-5 is driver-centric and comes fully loaded with an array of standard features not easily matched by other automakers. Plus, it offers sporty crossover driving dynamics like those of its Mazda3 hatchback sibling and, best of all, excellent fuel economy ratings for the long haul. Discover for yourself how the latest Mazda crossover fares against its competition here at Brown's Fairfax Mazda, and we think you'll agree: 2018 Mazda CX-5 is all a traveling family with designs on a road trip to greater Arlington and Washington DC beyond could hope to find in a new compact SUV.


2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

  • With a longer wheelbase, it's our new crossover that better evokes prominent the SUV stance. That's the promise of greater stability over its Honda rival, too.
  • You can also look forward to a more spirited ride around the Arlington city lights, too. The new Mazda CX-5 offers more horsepower than its CR-V counterpart, 187 to 184, as well as more torque, 186 pound-feet to 180.
  • Plus, with a larger fuel tank, 14.8 gallons to that of Honda at 14.0, you can count on fewer trips to the pump up in Vienna or Tysons Corner before you head out.
  • What's more, with an edge in front and second-row hip room, Mazda CX-5 pulls ahead on drive-time comfort.
  • Ditto for cargo capacity, as our Mazda SUV offers better towing abilities, with support for up to 2,000 pounds. Honda CR-V can take on only up to 1,500.

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

  • Aside from its more expansive wheelbase, the latest Mazda CX-5 also brings a wider front and rear track into the mix against its Toyota SUV contender. That means not only a sturdy feel but also an even ride.
  • In the Mazda tradition, you can look forward to more energy for the trip down to Manassas, too. Mazda CX-5 surpasses RAV4 in both horsepower, 187 to 176, and torque, 186 pound-feet to 172.
  • By the numbers, ours is the more fuel-efficient option, too. Purchase or lease a new Mazda CX-5, and you can count on up to 25 city mpg, 31 highway mpg, and 28 combined mpg, according to EPA estimates. The new RAV4? Only up to 23 mpg, 30 mpg, and 26 mpg respectively.
  • Better yet, you can find greater overall passenger space, with better front hip room and second-row hip, head, and leg room than Toyota. That's more comfort for the whole gang.
  • You can even take more in tow, with Mazda CX-5 offering a better 2,000-pound capacity to Toyota's 1,500 pounds.



2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue

  • Against the Nissan competition, Mazda remains the more powerful, with more horsepower and torque. The new Rogue's 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of turning and pulling power stalls behind.
  • Mazda CX-5 continues to help you avoid those gas pit stops around Falls Church with a larger fuel tank than Rogue, too, 14.8 gallons to 14.5.
  • For the long drive down to Woodbridge, there's more front shoulder and hip room and second-row head, hip, and leg room to take advantage of versus Nissan, too.
  • The same goes for towing capacity. Nissan Rogue offers support for only 1,102 pounds, well behind that of Mazda.

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Ford Escape

  • Longer than the new Escape overall and by wheelbase and wider of both front and rear track, Mazda maintains its superiority as the steadier-driving candidate.
  • It's also the more exciting drive, with horsepower and torque that continue to surpass that of Ford, at 168 and 170 respectively.
  • Further, Mazda remains more efficient with fuel, excelling Escape, which offers only 21 mpg in the city, 29 mpg down the highway, and 24 mpg combined.
  • It's also more spacious, with gains in front hip and shoulder room and second-row hip and leg room comprehending more overall passenger space.
  • Mazda CX-5 even bests Escape with better towing capacity, 2,000 pounds to 1,500.


Of course, these advances aren't all you have to look forward to in the new 2018 Mazda CX-5. There's also the fun drive made possible by a SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed auto with manual-shift and Sport modes and the precision cornering abilities afforded of SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control and more. Of course, that's not to mention stellar safety standards like advanced blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and Smart City Brake Support, or the control at your fingertips of a MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System and multifunction Commander control.

Take the short drive out to visit us here at 10570 Fairfax Blvd. for a spin, and we'll introduce you to the whole package!

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