Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Tucson VS 2018 Mazda CX-5 Near Washington, NC

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2018 Hyundai Tucson

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2018 Hyundai Tucson

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2018 Mazda CX-5

Safety Comparison

Compared to metal, the Tucson’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Tucson and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CX-5’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the CX-5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CX-5 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CX-5’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are over 37 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 27th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 19th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The Tucson Value/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 186) than the CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Tucson 1.6T is faster than the Mazda CX-5:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.5 MPH

78.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Tucson has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tucson has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tucson’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:




Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

The Tucson stops much shorter than the CX-5:





60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tucson Value/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-5 (245/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Tucson SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5 Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The Tucson Value/Limited’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Tucson has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the CX-5’s (34.9 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tucson has .5 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tucson has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CX-5 with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Tucson’s liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Tucson and the CX-5 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tucson is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Tucson has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Tucson’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-5 Grand Touring.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CX-5 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the CX-5, including $34 less for front brake pads, $16 less for a starter, $210 less for fuel injection, $8 less for front struts and $47 less for a power steering pump.

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