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2019 Chevy Equinox vs 2019 Mazda CX-5

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  • 2019 Chevy Equinox

    A blue 2019 Chevy Equinox facing left on white

    Starting at

    $23,800

    2019 Mazda CX-5

    A blue2019 Mazda CX-5 facing right on white

    Starting at

    $24,350

    22/29-28/39 MPGFuel Efficiency (city/highway)28/31-27/30 MPG
    3Available Engines2
    1,500-3,500 LBSTowing Capacity2,000 LBS
    63.9 cu.ft.Max Cargo Space59.6 cu.ft.

    Vehicles are manufactured with one goal in mind, to make our lives easier. For some, this may involve getting something tough and adventurous, but for most, it’s just about getting through our everyday lifestyle. While both the 2019 Chevy Equinox vs 2019 Mazda CX-5 manage to succeed in this goal to make life easier, when it comes to the things that truly matter, the Equinox overshadows the competition.

    The 2019 Chevy Equinox is the poster child for the SUV class. Flawless when it comes to being well-rounded and attuned to the needs of the everyday driver, this model hits every category with flying stars. When it comes to capability, the 2019 Equinox not only offers multiple power options that will suit this model perfectly, but it also offers up to 39 mpg highway that will make drivers forget everything they know about SUVs being inefficient. When it comes to design this model manages to remain down-to-earth, both inside and out, with only a few flashes of flair, which perfectly portrays its reliable and straightforward nature. Furthermore, there is a long list of standard features and advanced technology that make sure every driver will have everything they want and need for the journey ahead. Basically, what you see is what you get with the 2019 Equinox, and things are looking very bright.

    As for the 2019 Mazda CX-5, there is no underplaying its raw potential as a mid-size SUV. It has a sense of flair and fun that appeals to many drivers, but overall it doesn’t match up to the 2019 Equinox when it comes to the stats. The 2019 Equinox is more powerful, more efficient, more spacious, and even more affordable.

    When it comes down to it, unless you truly fall head-over-heels for the style of the 2019 Mazda CX-5, then you can rest assured that the 2019 Chevy Equinox will be the stronger choice for the everyday driver.

  • Performance

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    2019 Chevy Equinox

    If you’re looking to customize the performance of your next vehicle, you’ll enjoy what the 2019 Chevy Equinox has to offer. Tailoring your Equinox begins by choosing from up to three available engines, a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, a 1.6L 4-cylinder diesel engine, and a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. The crown jewel of this selection is the 1.6L 4-cylinder diesel engine which is the vehicle’s most efficient option, offering up to 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. These are incredible numbers for any SUV available on the market. Pair this efficiency with the vehicle’s low starting MSRP of $23,800 and the savings quickly begin to stack up. However, if you’re looking for as much power as possible, you’ll want to choose the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine which produces up to 252 hp and 260 lb-ft torque. In terms of capability, the 2019 Chevy Equinox offers a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 LBS when properly equipped. This impressive capability allows drivers to transport all of the necessary gear required for a successful camping trip, and puts the Equinox at the top of its class in terms of performance. When it comes to this category, the Equinox really does not leave much to be desired.

    2019 Mazda CX-5

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 offers only one engine option, though it does provide a variant of the same engine, which brings the power and capability specs up to those offered by the 2019 Chevy Equinox. Standard on all models of the Mazda CX-5 is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine which produces up to 187 hp and 186 lb-ft torque, and the available upgrade brings these numbers to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The CX-5 is fairly capable with its maximum towing capacity of 2,000 LBS, but when compared to the Equinox seems lacking. In terms of efficiency, the 2,5L 4-cylinder engine on the CX-5 earns fuel economy ratings of up to 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. These are average numbers compared to other vehicles in its class, but are significantly lower than those produced by the Equinox. To make matters worse, this lower level of performance will cost more than the class-leading performance of the Equinox, as the CX-5 has a starting MSRP of $24,350. In terms of performance, the 2019 Chevy Equinox is the clear overall winner.

  • Entertainment

    The interior of a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

    2019 Chevy Equinox

    Yes, the 2019 Chevy Equinox is the more affordable option, and yes, the Equinox also offers more standard features. This is especially true when it comes to the increasingly important category of entertainment. For no additional cost, the 2019 Chevy Equinox offers premium entertainment features such as a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a WiFi hotspot, and a 6-speaker sound system. However, drivers will also have the opportunity to upgrade to more advanced entertainment features including wireless charging, navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen display, and additional USB ports. Whether you’re hoping to keep yourself or a full vehicle of passengers entertained, you can easily do so on a budget with the 2019 Chevy Equinox.

    2019 Mazda CX-5

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 does offer a nice suite of standard entertainment features, however it still falls short of what is offered on the 2019 Chevy Equinox. On the base model of the 2019 Mazda CX-5, you’ll find Bluetooth, voice command technology, and two USB ports. Like the Equinox, you’ll also find a 7-inch touchscreen display. However, you’ll likely notice that both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are missing from the lineup. Additionally, the CX-5 comes standard with a 4-speaker sound system rather than the average 6-speaker sound system of its competitors. Of course, drivers can always upgrade to enjoy many of the missing features, but this will increase the cost of the CX-5 substantially. Optional entertainment features include navigation, additional USB ports, and a Bose premium sound system. Drivers looking to enjoy as many premium features as possible, and on a budget, will certainly prefer the 2019 Chevy Equinox over the 2019 Mazda CX-5.

  • Safety

    A red 2019 Chevy Equinox parked outside a modern upscale home

    2019 Chevy Equinox

    It comes as no surprise that the 2019 Chevy Equinox earned a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA when it came time for safety testing. Behind this score are a series of advanced standard and available safety features, which are enhanced by the vehicle’s careful and reliable construction. On the base model, drivers of the 2019 Chevy Equinox can enjoy standard features such as a rearview camera and the Teen Driver system. Meanwhile, available safety features include adaptive cruise control, low-speed automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic alert. In case this long list of safety features wasn’t enough, the 2019 Chevy Equinox also offers a safety alert seat and surround-view camera. While many of these features are available for upgrade or become standard on a higher trim level, the low starting price of the Equinox makes enjoying these advanced features incredibly affordable.

    2019 Mazda CX-5

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 offers a long list of standard entertainment features on its base model including a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and low speed forward automatic braking. For optional features, the CX-5 offers some unique features including traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree parking camera, and a head-up display. Like the Equinox, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 also earned high ratings from the NHTSA including a 5-star rating for both the frontal and side crash tests and a 4-star rating for the rollover test. The IIHS also named the 2019 Mazda CX-5 a 2019 Top Safety Pick +, making it a top choice for consumers around the country. Whether you choose the 2019 Chevy Equinox or 2019 Mazda CX-5, you’ll be driving in an incredibly safe vehicle. However, you might as well save yourself the extra money and opt for the Equinox. After all, the Equinox does have the CX-5 beat in performance and entertainment as well.

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