2016 Mazda CX-5 VS 2016 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Mazda CX-5 GX FWD with Convenience Pkg
2016 Hyundai Tucson Premium FWD 2.0
|Unlimited km||WARRANTY||100,000 km|
|9.0/6.8‡||MT: FUEL ECONOMY L/100 KM (CITY/HIGHWAY)||N/A|
|9.0/7.3‡||AT: FUEL ECONOMY L/100 KM (CITY/HIGHWAY)||10.1/7.6|
|2.0 L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder||ENGINE TYPE||2.0 L GDI 4-cylinder engine|
|SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission||STANDARD TRANSMISSION||6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual mode|
|SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with SPORT mode||OPTIONAL TRANSMISSION||N/A|
|i-ACTIV AWD||OPTIONAL DRIVE TYPE||AWD|
|Standard||ELECTRICAL PARKING BRAKE (EPB)||N/A|
|7.0″ touchscreen||DISPLAY||5.0″ touchscreen|
|Standard||HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE (HMI COMMANDER SWITCH)||N/A|
|Standard||PUSH BUTTON START||N/A|
2016 Mazda CX-5 vs 2016 Hyundai Tucson Premium FWD 2.0
In the quest to seek market share, manufacturers have placed nearly two dozen competing compact SUVs into the mix. While an early participant in this segment, Mazda has continued to look to the future in the development of its range of SUV and Crossover vehicles. The competitiveness of the SUV/Crossover market has resulted in the introduction of some compelling vehicles, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson being standout examples.
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a stylish, sporty, and exceptionally well-considered entry in this segment. Having completely redesigned the Tucson, Hyundai is rightly optimistic about how the vehicle will be received. The Tucson tastefully finds itself on the sporty side of the equation. Of the Mazda CX-5’s competitors, the Tucson shares similar styling cues, and should appeal to those looking to combine convenience with a degree of style.
Both vehicles are available with a choice of engines and transmissions. Depending on the model specified, the Mazda CX-5 is fitted with either a 2.0 litre 4 (155 hp), or a 2.5 litre 4 (184 hp). Hyundai provides a choice between 2.0 litre 4 (164 hp) and a 1.6
litre 4 turbo (175 hp). While the Tucson enjoys a 10 hp advantage over the CX-5 (when fitted with the 2.0 litre engine), the all-important torque ratings are similar. Gear changes are accomplished in the case of the Mazda CX5 by way of either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic with sport mode.
Tucson drivers will have a choice between a 7-speed sequential, and a 6-speed automatic. Interestingly, both manufacturers have chosen conventional gear changes over CVT technology—an advantage to those who enjoy their driving.
The interior of the Mazda CX-5 is based on the company’s “human-machine interface (HMI).” Simply put, the controls become more intuitive and logical in placement and operation. Hyundai have done a good job on the interior of the Tucson, with all controls easily found and simple to use. Passenger comfort in both vehicles has been considered from the beginning of the design process.
The laws pertaining to physics suggest it will be challenging to find the perfect compromise between ride and handling. Mazda’s SKYACTIV Chassis steering and suspension systems contribute towards satisfying this engineering problem. The suspension design of the CX-5 is firm, which will occasionally make itself known.
However, the advantage gained is in handling dynamics that reflect Mazda’s commitment to building vehicles that are engaging and fun to drive. While an SUV won’t corner with the alacrity of a Miata, the CX-5 will impress those who need to meet familial obligation, and yet still appreciate the joy of driving a favourite winding road.
Offering compliant handling, the Tucson has benefited from considerable effort by its chassis engineers. Driving dynamics are well controlled, and the car is settled over rough roads. Seeking to be more things to more people, the Tucson isn’t quite as responsive as the CX-5, but this may be exactly what a potential customer is seeking.
Happily, from a customer’s perspective, there isn’t a poor choice to be made between the Mazda CX-5 and the Hyundai Tucson. Those seeking a stylish, comfortable, and well-equipped SUV will no doubt enjoy having a Tucson parked on the drive. Those seeking a stylish, comfortable, well-equipped SUV that offers a larger dose of driving enjoyment will seek the keys to a Mazda CX-5. Before you make your choice, visit Pacific Mazda and test drive a CX-5. We’re confident you’ll enjoy the drive.