Greene Ford Compares 2013 Ford Escape VS 2013 Mazda CX-5 Near Cleveland, GA

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2013 Ford Escape

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2013 Mazda CX-5

Safety Comparison

The Escape (except S/SE) offers optional Reverse/Forward Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Escape SEL/Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Mazda CX-5:





4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Leg Forces (l/r)

403/116 lbs.

251/295 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Mazda CX-5:



Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

707 lbs.

877 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (168 vs. 155) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (170 vs. 150) than the CX-5’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (178 vs. 155) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 150) than the CX-5’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 85 more horsepower (240 vs. 155) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 150) than the CX-5’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape ECOBoost is faster than the Mazda CX-5 (automatics tested):

Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0


Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.8 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.2 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.4 MPH

88.8 MPH

81.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:




Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the CX-5:



70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the CX-5 (235/55R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5 Sport/Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape Titanium’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-5 Grand Touring’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions, which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CX-5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CX-5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The CX-5’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CX-5 with its rear seat folded (67.8 vs. 64.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the CX-5’s liftover is 29.2 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Escape (except S) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Escape Titanium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape SEL/Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the CX-5 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CX-5’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The CX-5 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CX-5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the CX-5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The CX-5 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Escape and the CX-5 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Optional SYNC for the Escape allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The CX-5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters, which can break or get misplaced. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CX-5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its September 2013 issue and the Ford Escape SE won out over the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring.

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