2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Ford Escape

A midsize SUV can be a city-friendly option for your morning commute, it can be a great family vehicle, or it can be a vehicle to take on your next road trip. SUVs offer you a lot of versatility when it comes to performance and capability, but there are so many SUV options, so how do you choose?

Below, we are going to take a closer look at the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Ford Escape. We are going to look at the exterior, performance, interior, technology, and safety features on both of these vehicles so that you can determine which one is the best option for you.


The 2020 Mazda CX-5 features the KODO Soul of Motion design philosophy. This exterior design looks like the CX-5 is always in motion. The Mazda CX-5 can also be customized to your taste with plenty of exterior color options, including Eternal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Soul Red Crystal, Sonic Silver Metallic, and more.

The exterior of the Ford Escape gives you a sporty look with some great features. This vehicle has an available panoramic Vista Roof that tilts up or opens fully to bring the outdoors in. The 2020 Escape is available in several exterior color options, including Rapid Red, Star White Velocity Blue, Dark Persian Green, Agate Black, Magnetic, and more. Also, with the SE Sport Premium package, you get exterior features like 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels and black roof rails.

Performance and Engine Options

Next, let’s look at the performance and engine options available in these vehicles to see if they can get you where you need to go.

In the 2020 Mazda CX-5, you can find three different engine options so that you can choose the performance you are looking for. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 187-horsepower. Your second engine option is more powerful because it is a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. This turbocharged engine gives you up to 250-horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, which is more torque than the previous model year. Your final engine option for the 2020 CX-5 is a diesel engine. This diesel engine is a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine that gives you 168-horsepower.

The 2020 Ford Escape is home to two different engine options. The standard engine is an EcoBoost three-cylinder engine. This engine gives you 180-horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This engine can feel underpowered to some people, but there is another engine option in the Ford Escape. Your second engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine produces 250-horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 offers you more engine options and more powerful engine options overall. This SUV is also said to give you great handling and be a fun to drive SUV.

Interior and Technology

On the inside of the 2020 CX-5, you can find standard cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and comfortable seating for five people. This vehicle has some available interior upgrades like leatherette upholstery, leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

For interior cargo space, the CX-5 gives you 30.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 59.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That is plenty of room to carry work supplies, adventure gear, luggage, and more.

Next, let’s look at technology features. The CX-5 gives you features like Bluetooth, voice-command, a 7-inch touchscreen, and two USB ports standard. For available features, you have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and a navigation system.

The 2020 Escape has seating for five people with standard cloth upholstery. This vehicle has available synthetic or genuine leather upholstery, as well as available heated seats and a heated steering wheel. There is also an available panoramic moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Ford Escape offers you 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Then, if you fold those rear seats down, you get up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

When it comes to technology features, you get a few options standard, but the rest of the features you will have to pay extra for. In the 2020 Escape, you get a SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display standard. You can upgrade to get additional features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 10-speaker audio system. The 8-inch touchscreen with the infotainment system will also cost you extra.

When it comes to the interior, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 has an interior that feels more high-end. It also offers you a larger touchscreen infotainment system standard.


Finally, let’s take a look at the safety and driver assistance features found on both of these vehicles. This safety technology can really look out for you and your loved ones.

In the 2020 Mazda CX-5, you get a lot of great safety features standard on the base trim level. For 2020, the base Sport model gives you all of the i-Activsense safety features standard. This suite of safety features includes features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. Other available safety features include a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Escape also offers some driver assistance features standard. The standard safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring. Additional safety features are available. These available features include adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, rear parking sensors, and evasive steering assist.

As you can see, both of these vehicles offer you some great standard safety features. That means that you do not have to pay extra for safety features that are looking out for you and your family.

Overall, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Ford Escape each have a lot to offer you. Both of these SUVs are capable, and they offer you a good number of features. If you have any questions about the 2020 Mazda CX-5, reach out to us at Seacoast Mazda.