|2017 Chevy Equinox||VS||2017 Mazda CX-5|
|21 city / 31 highway||MPG||24 city / 31 highway|
|70 cu.ft.||Max Cargo Space||59.6 cu.ft.|
When the dust finally settles in the battle for crossover SUV supremacy, none of us should be surprised is there isn’t a clear-cut winner to crown. While this could be a result of the vast number of ‘combatants’, the over-saturation of the segment is only part of the problem.
The remainder comes as a result of the demands and expectations placed upon the automakers. Sure, every kind of vehicle is engineered with certain expectations as to performance, handling, comfort and fuel economy. That said, crossover SUV offerings seem to take on even more. The expectation is that crossovers will perform with the strength and dependability of a truck, offer the smooth ride of a luxury sedan, deliver the sportiness and fuel economy of a subcompact and provide the spacious accommodation of a minivan. Throw in the more current expectations of available technology, and it makes for a long (and somewhat unreasonable) list. As a testament to these vehicles, it’s amazing how competently many of them pull it off. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 2017 Chevy Equinox vs 2017 Mazda CX-5 in Cincinnati, OH, to see how they measure up to the lofty expectations of today’s crossover SUV customer. To acclimate ourselves, let’s touch on a few of…
The 2017 Chevy Equinox is a midsize SUV that seats five, and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. It is available in four trim levels (L, LS, LT and Premier) and is priced to start around $23,580. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is also a Top Safety Pick and available in four trims (Spot, Touring, Grand Select and Grand Touring). It is priced to start around $25,915.