When it comes to SUVs, the market is crowded with so many competitors. Just about every automaker has one or more models of different sizes. The small SUV often just called a “crossover” is almost as popular today as four-door sedans were twenty years ago.
Two of the most popular small SUVs available right now are the Mazda CX-5 and the Chevrolet Equinox.
The Mazda CX-5 and the Chevrolet Equinox, at least when it comes to the 2019 model year are unique among the small SUV crowd in that they both have a diesel option among their engine options. Between them, the CX-5 SKYACTIV-D® engine is larger, at 2.2L compared to the 1.6L turbodiesel in the Equinox.
Turbocharged Engine Comparison
The middle option between the two small SUVs are both turbo, but again, the CX-5 SKYACTIV-G® engine is larger. It displaces 2.5L, half a liter more than the Equinox equivalent. This size difference means that choosing the Mazda between the two gives you much more torque.
Base Level Engine Comparison
It’s at the base level where the engines diverge the most. Chevrolet decided to use a turbocharged engine for its 1.5L base model engine. Mazda opted for a full liter greater non-turbo SKYACTIV-G® engine. When comparing these two, there is a tradeoff in terms of horsepower and torque. The greater torque among the two belongs to the CX-5, but it has a little less horsepower than the Equinox.
Although the Equinox has aggressive engines and plenty of power, the CX-5 comes out on top in almost every category. Obviously, power isn’t the most important thing about a small SUV, but it does matter. To learn more about the 2019 Mazda CX-3, contact the Bob Baker Mazda dealership and set up a test drive.