2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport vs 2019 Ford Escape S

2019 CX-5 vs 2019 Escape

The import-domestic debate has been waged since automobiles became a globally traded industry. Ford is perhaps the most prominent of the US-domestic market, being the first manufacturer in the States to produce a viable and mass-market vehicle. In an interesting plot twist, Ford once held a majority stake in Mazda.

Does Mazda surpass the company that used to own it? Let’s find the answer to that question by pitting the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport against the 2019 Ford Escape S.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport


2019 Ford Escape S

$24,350 MSRP $24,105
2.5L inline 4-cyl Engine 2.5L inline 4-cyl
187 hp / 186 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 168 hp / 170 ft-lbs
FWD Drivetrain FWD
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic
25 / 31 / 28 mpg Fuel Economy 21 / 29 / 24 mpg

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Refined Interior and Superior Comfort

The 2019 Escape interior has a lot of sharp angles reminiscent of the modern-style renaissance of the mid-2010s. However, now it feels a bit too outdated. The Escape does avoid scratchy plastics, though. Still, the CX-5 interior easily surpasses that of the Escape. With trim that seems like it belongs in a luxury vehicle, the CX-5 interior is not only beautiful to look at, but functional. The driver’s seat has manifold adjustment options that are reflected in steering wheel adjustment options. Comparatively, the Escape is passable. Worryingly, the Escape has a rear-tapered roof and overly large rear headrests that majorly restrict visibility.

Exceptional Performance

Anyone who knows Mazda vehicles knows that they handle and steer better than just about anything else on the market. This holds true for the CX-5. Leisurely cornering, quick lanes changes, and tight turns all feel brilliant from behind the wheel of the CX-5. It always feels glued to road, and there's a lot of feedback from the steering wheel, letting you know exactly what’s going on. The Escape, on the other hand, while still somewhat agile, is more clumsy and rough. This is compounded by steering that feels artificial and sluggish.

Would you like to learn more about the 2019 Mazda CX-5? Give us at Hall Cars a call, and we can answer your questions or schedule a test drive for you.