MAZDA CX-5 vs Hyundai Santa Fe

It's no secret that the compact SUV segment is the hottest car market right now. The new Mazda CX-5 is our best-selling model, and it comes with stiff competition from many competitors, but when you get down to the nitty gritty, there are many reasons why the Mazda CX-5 is the right choice for you and your family.

Ask the Experts - MAZDA CX-5 vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The Mazda CX-5 was ranked as the best compact SUV overall by US News and World Report, beating out several well-known favorites. Out of the class of 18 vehicles, the Hyundai Santa Fe doesn't make an appearance. They praised the CX-5s excellent handling, upscale interior, and comfortable seats. black leather interior of the mazda cx-5 located in vero beach, south florida


MAZDA CX-5 vs Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the CX-5 wins out again with an EPA-estimated 31mpg highway. Choosing the Santa Fe will cost you on between 2 and 4mpg wherever you travel. That might not sound like much, but when you consider the average person drives between 12,000 and 15,000 miles per year, that's up to $500 per year in your pocket!

MAZDA CX-5 vs Hyundai Santa Fe Performance

On the performance side of things, the Mazda CX-5 comes with an available 310 lb-ft of torque to get things moving. Compare this to the Santa Fe Sport's paltry 260 lb-ft, and it becomes clear that the Mazda is the right choice. Mazda also uses its exclusive Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics G-vectoring control to completely change the driving experience. The system makes for a smoother and less tiring drive by adjusting power delivery and shifting vehicle balance for optimal comfort or performance. More fun to drive, more low end power where you need it, and better fuel economy - the perfect balance! 

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MAZDA CX-5 vs Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Safety Features

When it comes to safety, the Mazda i-Activsense package gives you a comprehensive suite of smart safety features that help you prevent and avoid accidents on the road. Adaptive front lighting and high beam control will automatically adjust your headlights when you steer to see around corners and turn off your high beams in the presence of oncoming traffic - making things safer both for you and other drivers on the road. In addition, Mazda Radar-guided Cruise Control with Forward Object Warning will set and maintain your following distance to the car in front of you, and in the event of an unexpected change, will alert you to forthcoming danger. Smart City Brake Support and Smart Brake support will then activate, if necessary, to slow the vehicle to reduce your risk of an accident.


What's new for the MAZDA CX-5?
Now that you know what to look for when you compare the Mazda CX-5 to the Hyundai Santa Fe, there's a lot more below the surface to love about the Mazda! The new model comes with a host of great updates that make the best in class even better.

New Trim Levels
Two new trim levels are now available for the Mazda CX-5: Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. Both come standard with all-wheel drive and the new 2.5 liter turbo engine sourced from its bigger brother, the three-row Mazda CX-9.

New Technology
New technology is everywhere in the Mazda CX-5. In addition to the much anticipated arrival of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, the new CX-5 also adds a 7 inch configurable driver display on the top trim levels.

New Interior Features
The Mazda CX-9 marks the appearance of the new Signature trim, already available on the Mazda CX-9 and Mazda6 sedan. This new top trim level adds several refinements including new wood and chrome interior trim, ambient lighting, a frameless rearview mirror, a 360-degree camera view and more. For us Vero Beach residents, ventilated seats are now available as well to keep you cooler than ever in the Florida sun.

MAZDA CX-5 Performance
As we mentioned above, the new turbo engine puts out up to 250 horsepower and a massive 310 lb-ft. of torque, but there's even more involved! Reconfigured handling makes for a better drive and a more responsive SUV, and new Mazda G-Vectoring Plus system makes the SUV more responsive in corners by selectively applying the brakes to increase stability and control. You won't find a more fun-to-drive SUV in the segment. 




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Come on down to Dyer Mazda in Vero Beach and see for yourself what the Mazda CX-5 is all about. We're confident that you'll fall in love.