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Many consumers turn to used cars to save money, and compact SUVs are among the most popular. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 and 2018 Hyundai Tucson are excellent choices, but which is superior? We have the answers.

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Hyundai Tucson: Average used price range

2018 Hyundai Tucson interior
2018 Hyundai Tucson | Hyundai Motor Company

Although these are 5-year-old vehicles, don’t expect to find a super-cheap model.

J.D. Power reports that people are paying $19,162 to $24,991 for a used 2018 Mazda CX-5.

And pre-owned 2018 Hyundai Tucson models are going for $17,240 to $25,707.  

Prices will vary depending on trim level, mileage, overall condition, and location.

2018 CX-5 vs. Tucson: Fuel economy

The 2018 CX-5 achieves 24 to 25 mpg in the city and 30 to 31 on the highway, depending on the engine.

In comparison, the 2018 Tucson has slightly lower fuel economy ratings. It gets an estimated 21 to 25 mpg in the city and 25 to 30 mpg on the highway.

CX-5 vs. Tucson: Reliability scores

2018 Mazda CX-5 interior 1st row
2018 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda North American Operations

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has an impressive reliability score of 83/100 from J.D. Power. However, owners complain that the vehicle’s acceleration and navigation system aren’t up to par.

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson also has a “great” reliability score of 85/100. But owners dislike the vehicle’s maneuverability and navigation system. 

Regardless of a used car’s reliability score, always obtain a vehicle history report and have a trusted mechanic perform an inspection to uncover potential problems before purchasing.

Most common problems

Some owners of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Hyundai Tucson have reported engine issues.

According to, two drivers reported the engine head was defective, and it has a severity rating of 10 out of 10, or “really awful.” It happens around 23,450 miles, and the engine had to be replaced. Eighteen people reported problems with the engine, eight complained of windshield issues, and five griped about brake trouble.

Even though 2018 Mazda CX-5 owners have reported more severe problems, more drivers have complained about the 2018 Hyundai Tucson to The worst issue is no warning for low oil. It has a severity rating of 8.5 out of 10, or “pretty bad.” In total, 25 owners reported problems with the Tucson’s engine. Another 20 had issues with the transmission, and four had electrical and fuel system problems. 

Which used compact SUV is superior?

A dark-gray metallic 2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda North American Operations

You should consider other factors, such as that Hyundai offers a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, while Mazda provides only three-year/36,000-mile coverage. Because of that, you’re more likely to find a Tucson that has had all the required maintenance. In addition, the 2018 Tucson has a low starting price and a slightly higher reliability score. It also provides more cargo space.

On the other hand, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has fewer reported problems, and Mazda is known for its reliability. Plus, the CX-5 boasts fun handling and an upscale interior. So the price difference isn’t significant enough to pass up the CX-5 for the Tucson, especially if you’re interested in a higher trim level.

However, we’re partial to the 2018 CX-5. U.S. News agrees: It ranks the CX-5 No. 1 in the compact SUV segment that year. The 2018 Tucson ranks second, so it’s a close race between these two stellar compact SUVs. 


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