As certain automotive market segments gain and lose in popularity, all the manufacturers try to maneuver to provide the best option they can for their customers. Whether it is SUV, compact car, CUV, or any other style of vehicle, each manufacturer wants to provide their unique take, while still creating the best in class. Today we will compare the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5 and take a look at some of the key differences they show up with.
When it comes to the physical size of the vehicle, the CX-5 is barely taller, longer, and wider. It also is slightly lighter than the Tucson and is just barely superior in towing capacity and also in its fuel economy. But Hyundai makes much better use of its space. It has quite a bit of extra space in the luggage area. In addition, the Tucson features a larger door opening to aid in getting in and out of the vehicle. When it comes to headroom, legroom, and overall seat positioning comfort, the 2 vehicles are virtually identical. The final benefit that the Tucson offers over the CX-5 is the presence of a full sized matching spare where-as the CX-5 has a space saver.
One big factor in an SUV purchase is the warranty and service provided after the purchase is complete. In this case Hyundai offers 5 year unlimited KM warranty, where-as Mazda offers 3 year unlimited KM. The big benefit of the Tucson is the 10-year road side assistance compared to Mazda’s driver pays roadside assistance program. Finally, Hyundai says you can driver 15,000 KM between service check-ups (recommended at the dealership) and Mazda states 10,000 KM between services. Overall both companies offer support but Hyundai is just slightly ahead.
Honestly, both vehicles offer very similar technological standards such as Bluetooth support, audio streaming, electric mirrors, and other similar amenities. There are some trade-offs as well. Mazda offers an additional USB port, and idle-top versus Hyundai’s offering of electric lumbar support and rear seat center cup holders. Many users though are saying the Hyundai’s system is just easier to use. Perhaps it is the presence of Apple CarPlay as a standard, or the easier to ease voice commands. Either way, both vehicles are technologically equipped; Hyundai may just have a slight edge in ease of use.
Overall both vehicles are a great option for a family ride. The Mazda has Hyundai slightly beat on engine and fuel economy, and in many categories such as amenities and price, they are so close it barely matters. If you consider that the average SUV driver is prioritizing interior and cargo room, quiet comfortable ride, and long-term maintenance cost, than the Hyundai Tucson is the winner. But the real winner is the consumer, as automakers all seem to be consistently improving their offerings with the end consumer’s real needs in mind. And that is a trend we are more than happy to see continue. If you’d like to get behind the wheel of a new Hyundai Tucson, just come down to our showroom at 1375 Youville Dr, Ottawa, ON or fill out the form below and our staff will be happy to help you experience the ride yourself.