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#1 Old 05-06-2013, 08:48 AM
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2013/2014 Compact Crossover Comparison

Ford Escape SE vs. Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester 2.5 Touring vs. Toyota RAV4

2013/2014 Compact Crossover Comparison - Motor Trend


The Escape got last place


Honestly the magazine can say what they like about Mazdas. I still don't trust them. On my street there are 3 broken mazdas that are rusted to death.

I've rented a Mazda 3 once and the engine felt like it was about to explode.

The new 184hp engine is a nice improvement over last years 155 (lame)

4th Place: Ford Escape SE
Overly complicated interior and disappointing performance seal its fate.

3rd Place: Toyota RAV4

A safe bet is not an exciting one, and others outperform this perennial top-seller.

2nd Place: Subaru Forester 2.5 Touring

Fun, nimbleness, and all-wheel drive security are on the plus side, but poor interior choices keep it from the winner's circle.

1st Place: Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

A new engine powers this crossover to the top. Well-planned inside and out.


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Ford Escape SE vs. Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester 2.5 Touring vs. Toyota RAV4

2013/2014 Compact Crossover Comparison - Motor Trend


The Escape got last place


Honestly the magazine can say what they like about Mazdas. I still don't trust them. On my street there are 3 broken mazdas that are rusted to death.

I've rented a Mazda 3 once and the engine felt like it was about to explode.

The new 184hp engine is a nice improvement over last years 155 (lame)

4th Place: Ford Escape SE
Overly complicated interior and disappointing performance seal its fate.

3rd Place: Toyota RAV4

A safe bet is not an exciting one, and others outperform this perennial top-seller.

2nd Place: Subaru Forester 2.5 Touring

Fun, nimbleness, and all-wheel drive security are on the plus side, but poor interior choices keep it from the winner's circle.

1st Place: Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

A new engine powers this crossover to the top. Well-planned inside and out.


Read more: 2013/2014 Compact Crossover Comparison - Motor Trend

I didn't find the Mazda to be that fascinating, I am surprised the CRV isn't even on the list.
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I am guessing they couldn't get it from Honda in time.

I can't stand the interior in the Forester...
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We bought my wife the Mazda CX-5 and honestly I have to say I like her car better overall.

The Escape has some features that I like better, but I would have to agree with Motor Trend on this one.
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Hope it is reliable for you and doesn't turn to an orange car in a few years. I am still turned away from Mazda for reliability and quality.

Their paint jobs are miserable - insane orange peel. Panels are insanely thin. Steel used is made in a remote village in china forged out of hopes and dreams and are secretly designed to react with salt by melting from the inside out.
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I test drove the Escape, Mazda CX 5, Honda CRV and Toyota RAV 4. My ranking was Escape 2.0 L, CX 5, Escape 1.6 L, Honda and Toyota. I wanted the 2.0 L HP. So I bought the Titanium.

My other vehicle is a 2008 Mazda 3. Bought it new. Now has 92,000 miles. Not a bit of rust and great reliability. I live in MI so I know all about salt on the road. No problem.

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Must be some secret blend of salts because all the Mazdas on my block are orange. One of my neighbours has an older Mazda 6 that breaks down once a month. I've pushed his car back to his house an endless amount of times.

I use to work at a professional detailing shop and many of the Mazdas we got in had rust problems. One of the Mazda 3s we were cleaning actually broke down when we were moving the car lol. Might just be me but I've seen and heard of too many broken down Mazdas to buy a Mazda.

My parents own a Mazda 3. Brand new 2012. It's a pile of crap. The paint is terrible quality. Panels are way too thin. And the car is having engine problems already 20,000 miles in. It stalls out and has a very rough idle. Mazda dealership is considering replacing the motor. A close friend of mine has an older Mazda 3 and he is on his second motor.

I will never buy a Mazda sorry. Could just be an oddity but I just don't trust the brand yet. I really hoped the new models were better but so far it doesn't look great.
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It was easy for me. Never going to buy a Jap trap and done with GM after them taking the bail out and not paying the tax payers back.
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The reason they didn't have the CR-V there is because the Escape beat it in the last test, it also beat the CX-5 but it now has a different engine. So, you can just add the old results to the end of this test. But I think MT should have used an SEL instead of an SE, they would have gotten all the features plus leather and nicer dash materials for the same price. The Escape was the cheapest car in the bunch, almost $3k cheaper than the Subi but only $1k than the Mazda and $500 less than the Toyo. The SEL would have been a better choice, and the Ford gets the rear backup next year standard so their biggest complaint would have been solved right there!
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Must be some secret blend of salts because all the Mazdas on my block are orange.
or you're smokin' too much of that wacky weed. I saw a lot of "orange" vehicles (or maybe they were "yellow" oh well - it's all kind of hazey now) on the road back in the '60s

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