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2017 Ford Escape vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

Awards
Features
Performance
Safety
Technical
Usability
Pricing
2016 Mazda CX-5
2017 Ford Escape
          Be unstoppable in the 2017 Ford Escape.

Awards

According to the editors at cars.com, the 2017 Ford Escape is the best compact SUV you can buy. Citing its "quiet, comfortable ride" and "more features for the money," cars.com puts it miles ahead of the competition1.

Ford has made safety a top priority, and it shows: the 2017 Escape has earned a coveted 5-star Overall Safety rating from the NHTSA2.

Features

Is it possible to get increased visibility while using less energy? With the optional HID Headlights on the 2017 Ford Escape3, the answer is yes. On the 2016 Mazda CX-5, those brilliant, energy-efficient HID headlights aren't even available.
No more parallel parking jitters - the Rear Parking Aid, standard on the 2017 Ford Escape3, can help guide you into the perfect parking spot, signaling when you're getting too close to the curb, or other cars. Unless you enjoy the parallel parking jitters, in which case, choose the 2016 Mazda CX-54, and don't pay extra for the rear parking aid option.
2017 Ford EscapeFoo2016 Mazda CX-5optional3hid headlights-standard3rear parking aidoptional4

Performance

Stopping power is important too, and the clear winner in this category is the 2017 Ford Escape5, with 12 more horses in braking power per ton than 2016 Mazda CX-54, giving you confidence on even the steepest of grades.
Want more power and higher top speeds? Consider the 2017 Ford Escape6, boasting 61 more horses and 29 more horses per ton than the 2016 Mazda CX-57.
The 2017 Ford Escape's6 increased torque - 2756 lb.-ft. vs. 1857 lb.-ft. - can mean the difference between easy going and a sluggish ride.
2017 Ford EscapeFoo2016 Mazda CX-51465braking power per ton13442456horsepower18471366horsepower per ton10772756torque1857

Safety

More stars means safer cars. According to the NHTSA's Overall Crash Rating, should you ever need it, the 2017 Ford Escape5 offers greater crash protection than the 2016 Mazda CX-58.9.
According to the NHTSA, the 2017 Ford Escape's5 standard safety features provide better protection in the event of a head-on collision than the 2016 Mazda CX-58.10.
2017 Ford EscapeFoo2016 Mazda CX-555overall crash rating4855overall frontal crash rating48

Technical

Enjoy the increased safety, fuel economy, and yes, fun, of the 2017 Ford Escape's6 optional turbocharged engine. Sadly, turbo isn't an option on the 2016 Mazda CX-5.
2017 Ford EscapeFoo2016 Mazda CX-5has6turbocharged-

Usability

The 2017 Ford Escape's5 lower ground clearance, 75 vs. 88, means a lower center of gravity and more stability.
The 2017 Ford Escape's11 1,500-lb. increase in towing capacity over the 2016 Mazda CX-58 means you'll be able to tow just about anything, for the job site or for a weekend fishing trip.
2017 Ford EscapeFoo2016 Mazda CX-575ground clearance883,50011towing capacity2,0008

Pricing

In the very unlikely event you'll need it, help is just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the 2017 Ford Escape's5 Roadside Assistance, standard for 2 years longer than 2016 Mazda CX-58.
2017 Ford EscapeFoo2016 Mazda CX-555roadside assistance38
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1 - Learn more at https://www.cars.com/articles/whats-the-best-compact-suv-of-2016-1420684893542/

2 - Learn more at http://www.safercar.gov/Safety+Ratings

3 - 2017 Ford Escape Titanium FWD

4 - 2016 Mazda CX-5 2016.5 FWD 4dr Man Sport

5 - 2017 Ford Escape S FWD

6 - 2017 Ford Escape SE FWD

7 - 2016 Mazda CX-5 FWD 4dr Auto Sport

8 - 2016 Mazda CX-5 FWD 4dr Man Sport

9 - Find more info here: http://www.safercar.gov/Safety+Ratings

10 - Find out more at: http://www.safercar.gov/Safety+Ratings

11 - 2017 Ford Escape SE 4WD