The 2016 Ford Escape vs. the 2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Ford Escape

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The 2016 Ford Escape and the 2016 Mazda CX-5 both make great choices for Chicago and Manteno drivers, but the Escape manages to offer just that little bit more. With Class-Exclusive technology, a more impressive engine lineup, and much greater storage space, the 2016 Escape is a superior crossover.

Trims and Prices

2016 Ford Escape The 2016 Ford Escape comes in three well-balanced trim levels:

  • S: Starting at $23,100, the standard model includes a SYNC infotainment system, a rearview camera, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, and cloth-trimmed front bucket seats.
  • SE: Starting at $25,300, the SE adds a 10-way power driver's seat for deeply supportive comfort, automatic headlights for convenience, and a complimentary subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio for commercial-free entertainment.
  • Titanium: Starting at $29,505, the Titanium trim is a top-of-the-line crossover. As standard, it includes an all-new SYNC 3 system, leather-trimmed and heated front bucket seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and a Class-Exclusive hands-free liftgate.

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is also available in three trim levels, but features never quite match up to those offered with the Escape.

  • Sport: Starting at $21,795, the Sport includes basic equipment such as air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows.
  • Touring: Starting at $25,215, the Touring trim upgrades with a privacy glass and a keyless entry system.
  • Grand Touring: Starting at $28,220, the Grand Touring provides leather-trimmed seats as well as an 8-way power driver's seat, a synthetic leather door trim, and dual-zone temperature control.

Powertrains and MPG

2016 Ford Escape TitaniumThe 2016 Ford Escape has the 2016 Mazda CX-5 well and truly beaten when it comes to performance. Three engines are available, each paired to a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission system, and they offer the kind of output you need for a strong, responsive drive.

  • 2.5L i-VCT I-4: The standard engine is able to harness an output equal to 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, but still achieves an impressive 22 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.
  • 1.6L GTDI EcoBoost: Combines turbocharging and direct injection for 178 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, while earning up to 23 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway.
  • 2.0L GTDI EcoBoost: For earth-shattering performance, try the 2.0L. It puts up to 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque at your command, but still allows for 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.

The CX-5 offers just two engines, and neither comes close to matching the performance of the Escape.

  • 2.0L SKYACTIV-G: Offers just 155 horsepower, and comes with a 6-speed manual transmission only.
  • 2.5L SKYACTIV-G: Pay extra for the CX-5’s available engine, and you’ll only experience 184 horsepower when you step on the gas. That’s close to the Escape’s standard output, and far inferior to the available 2.0L GTDI EcoBoost.


2016 Ford Escape InteriorThe 2016 Ford Escape makes room for all the family, but it doesn’t sacrifice anything when it comes to cargo space. Like the 2016 Mazda CX-5, the Escape can be customized to provide more storage room.

  • Standard Cargo Room: Up to 34.3 cubic feet in the Escape vs. just 34.1 in the CX-5.
  • Extended Cargo Room: Up to 67.8 cubic feet in the Escape vs. only 64.8 in the CX-5.

The Escape also boasts eco-friendly credentials. Its modern and sophisticated design has been achieved using over 10 pounds of recovered cotton, while the carpeting has been made from a blend of post-consumer and post-industrial polyester fibers – including around 25 recycled 20-ounce bottles.

Comfort and Convenience Features

2016 Escape with SYNC 2 and SonyThe cabin of the 2016 Ford Escape isn’t just environmentally-friendly and spacious, it also offers Chicago and Manteno drivers some of the best on-board technology around.

The following features are available for those who pick the Escape, but not those who drive home in a 2016 Mazda CX-5.

  • Active Park Assist: Ultrasonic sensors help you find parking spaces before guiding you inside. All the driver needs to do is shift, accelerate, and brake.
  • Class-Exclusive Hands-Free Liftgate: With the Intelligent Access key about your person, the liftgate will open with just a movement of your foot beneath the rear bumper, making loading and unloading the vehicle easier than ever.
  • Sony Audio System: Employs 390 watts of power, 10 premium speakers, and a dual-channel subwoofer to fill your cabin with rich, crystal-clear sound.

The 2016 Ford Escape Soundly Outperforms the 2016 Mazda CX-5

For a crossover vehicle which you can depend upon, choose the 2016 Ford Escape. If you’d like more information, just contact one of the team at Terry’s Ford of Peotone today. We can’t wait to put our Chicago and Manteno customers behind the wheel of this exclusive crossover.