SUVs, cars, and trucks are evaluated by how they compare to their competition. This is true of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Hyundai Tucson, which critics compare to the best selling crossovers in their class. Each of these SUVs is making a unique impression. The CX-5 has critics talking about how this compact crossover is fun to drive, defying the serious connotation of SUVs. However, critics are also taking note of how the Tucson is a great deal for buyers. Deciding which of these is the best choice comes down to a matter of preference.
AutoTrader pits the Mazda CX-5 against the Hyundai Tucson
Because they are nearly identical in many ways, AutoTrader took on the difficult task of comparing the two to determine which is the better choice. When it comes down to it, critics seemed to have concluded a virtual tie. Choosing between the two comes down to which features, options, and expectations are most important to individual buyers. Let’s take a closer look at each model to understand why AutoTrader arrived at this conclusion.
Reasons to be excited about the 2020 Mazda CX-5
Observations about the 2020 Mazda CX-5 being fun to drive reflects its agile handling and peppy acceleration. The CX-5 comes equipped with a 187 hp, 2.5-liter, inline 4 engine mated to a six-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual transmission, which places it toward the top of its class in terms of power. Its 31 mpg fuel economy on the open road also competes with class leaders. Along with these features, the CX-5 also offers adaptive cruise control, just like CR-V and RAV4, and it keeps pace with class leaders when it comes to overall passenger space and comfort. The 2020 CX-5 out-tows the competition with a 2,000 lb. trailer weight rating.
The CX-5 adds several interior features as part of its standard package, which only shows up as options on competitor models. Where others are satisfied with using urethane for the steering wheel and shift knob trim, the CX-5 has a classier leather finish. The inclusion of 3 12-volt DC power outlets instead of 1 or 2, USB ports, front and rear map lights, proximity key, and carpeted front and rear floor mats are extras you will find as standard features CX-5 and only one or two of competitor models.
How the 2020 Hyundai Tucson compares with the competition
In contrast to the CX-5, the Tucson comes with a weaker 161 hp, 2.0-liter, inline 4 engine, and six-speed automatic w/OD and manual-automatic transmission. With a highway fuel economy of 28 mpg on the highway as well as a mere 1,000 lb. towing weight, it trails behind the class leaders. Tucson left off many of the additional interior features that set the CX-5 apart from its competitors as well, matching CX-5 on with 3 12-volt DC outlets but surpassing the competition by adding a compass to its navigational features.
The Tucson stands out above the CX-5 and keeps up with the competition in various other areas. The Tucson provides more space for passengers and cargo than CX-5 while only trailing slightly behind the best-sellers in these areas. At less than $24k MSRP, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson is the most economical class leader.
Is the driving experience more important than the cost?
A comparison between the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Hyundai Tucson gives the edge in performance, handling, and interior refinement. On the other hand, Tucson provides more passenger and cargo space, a more practical interior, and a lower sticker price. Mostly, buyers have to decide whether they prefer a better driving experience at a lower cost.