2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport vs 2019 Chevrolet Equinox L

2019 CX-5 vs 2019 Equinox

There’s a lot to choose from in the SUV/crossover market. It can actually be a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Let’s take a look at the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport and the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox L side-by-side and figure out which is deserving of your time and money.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport


2019 Chevrolet Equinox L

$24,350 MSRP $23,800
2.5L inline 4-cyl Engine 1.5L inline 4-cyl
187 hp / 186 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 170 hp / 203 ft-lbs
FWD Drivetrain FWD
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic
25 / 31 / 28 mpg Fuel Economy 26 / 32 / 28 mpg

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Consistent Climate Control

The Equinox has exceedingly poor climate control. The most egregious offender being the next-to-useless vertical vents flanking the touchscreen; they barely have enough oomph to tickle the back of your hands, much less help heat or cool the cabin. The CX-5 warms and cools quickly, and has a rear air vent option for even quicker temperature adjustment.

Well-Distributed Cargo Space

The CX-5 has a roomy 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space, exactly one cubic foot more than the Equinox. That’s not that impressive, however. What is remarkable, though, is the small compartments and storage bins dotting the interior of the CX-5. Its doors have generous pockets with wide cupholders, it has a deep center console and a smaller secondary bin in front of the shifter, and the rear armrest has a surprisingly large tray (and USB ports). The Equinox is pretty standard in comparison.

Signature Handling

We just can’t shut up about how exceptionally the CX-5 handles. We’ll give credit where its due: the Equinox is the probably the best handling 2019 SUV offering other than the CX-5. The Equinox can hold its own in sketchy conditions, but it doesn’t instill the same confidence that the CX-5 does. Where the Equinox makes you feel in control, the CX-5 does that and makes it fun.

Want to take the CX-5 out for a test drive? Contact Hall Cars in Brookfield, WI, to schedule a test drive or learn more about what the CX-5 has to offer.