2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

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The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is the strident compact SUV that is well-rounded and popular with a wide variety of drivers. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a bit more wide and flashy. Overall, the CX-5 overcomes the 2018 Equinox in towing and standard power output but lacks in cargo space, affordability, and fuel efficiency. Which one of these convenient vehicles is right for you? We like to let the details speak for themselves.

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Design

To recognize a vehicle is to bond with it. Recognizability is all about first impressions and the presence of the vehicle, and that comes from certain exterior and interior features that make a vehicle stand out. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is sharp and confident while the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is smooth and gleams with pride. Both have a message, and both display them loud and clear.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is recognizable due to its precise engineering that allows for each feature to connect in one modern and sharp looking compact SUV. When you look at the 2018 Equinox, you will almost see your next family vacation or solo camping trip as you stare at its bold front and refined interior. Fitting five people along with its total of 63.5 ft³ of cargo space, the 2018 Equinox can fit all the food, equipment, and people you love and need. For a fair $1,000 you can also get elegant blackout trimming and eye-catching chrome detailing to go with the multiple color options, from silver to orange, of the Chevrolet Equinox.

2018 Mazda CX-5

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is just plain handsome with its spotless body molding. The windshield is curved while the hood is long and smooth, giving a truly unique appearance that makes it recognizable right away. The front is beautifully engineered with its super slim headlights and bold grille being connected to make one cohesive forward-facing design. At first glance, it looks like art, but in reality, it is an SUV you can drive proudly. The standard 2018 CX-5 comes with cloth interior and offers a fair 59 ft³ of storage space total. It would be perfect for taking the kids to school followed by a cruise around the shopping district. It can even have room for both your kids and your bags.

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Performance

What a car is capable of comes down to its engine, fuel economy, transmission, towing capacity and handling. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 both win out in some of these categories.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox assures satisfaction by giving drivers a selection of three engines; it even has one for diesel-lovers. The standard model and the LT trim level comes with a 1.5L turbo engine with VVT that boasts 203 lb-ft of torque as well as 170 hp. A 6-speed automatic is the fixed transmission for this engine type. As for fuel economy, the 2018 Escape has an impressive 39 mpg highway. Lastly, the towing capacity is 1,500 pounds which will get your favorite beach or camping gear where it needs to be. Overall, even buying it standard the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox gives others in its class competition for their base worth.

2018 Mazda CX-5

When it comes to standard mechanics, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 offers front-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a 2.5L engine with an average amount of horsepower for an SUV of its class. The 187 won’t get you on the race track, but it will get you to the beach, mountains, or any other exciting destination you desire. The mileage doesn’t exactly shine with 31 mpg, but it’s good enough when compared to a few of its competitors. The best aspects of the Mazda CX-5 is that it is extremely clean on the handling. If you want something that is exactly as capable as you need it to be, then the Mazda CX-5 will be perfect for you.

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Reliability

There are multiple ways to assure a vehicle’s reliability. One is by looking at the manufacturer. Overall, Chevrolet vehicles have been ranked consistently more reliable than Mazda vehicles by the J.D. Power and Association. For 2018, Chevrolet ranked 6th while Mazda ranked 14th. More ways of testing reliability are taking a look at the price, safety features, and basic warranty information. These are the items most drivers often forget to investigate as closely as they should.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Starting with price, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox starts at $23,580 and goes up only $2,000 at most for each trim level upgrade. This demonstrates a fair upgrade to value ratio. Not only that, but the 2018 Equinox also starts drivers off with a large list of standard features such as a 7-inch touch display that is connected to Chevrolet’s personal MyLink system, a USB port, climate control, keyless open, and 4-wheel antilock brakes.
At the mention of features, nothing shows reliability more than the standard safety features the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox offers. This vehicle comes standard with airbags, rear vision camera, a stability control system, multiple OnStar features, and teen driver technology.
The warranty for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is up to six years long. In addition to that, Chevrolet will pay for scheduled maintenance for up to 24,000 miles. This includes oil changes, lubrication, and other such important upkeep requirements.

2018 Mazda CX-5

The price for a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 is $24,150 and offers two higher trim levels that are $26,215 and $29,645 respectively. For style alone, the price points may just be fair. As for safety technology, the standard trim level for the 2018 CX-5 provides front-side airbags, side-impact door beams, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, hill assist, and, blind spot monitoring. As for warranty, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 last five years and does not offer any maintenance assistance.

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