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The compact SUV class has gotten very crowded recently. And while there are several good choices, some are better than others. Here we see how the new Mazda CX-5 compares to the Chevy Equinox.

Power 

The Mazda CX-5 comes with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that offers 187 horsepower. The other engine option is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that produces 250 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission is mated to either engine. And while i-Activ AWD® used to be an available feature, it’s now standard.

?The Chevy Equinox has a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 170 horsepower. It also comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive requires an upgrade. 

Tech 

You’ll appreciate all of the built-in tech the Mazda CX-5 comes with. This includes: 

  • A Wi-Fi hot spot 
  • Apple CarPlay® 
  • Android Auto™ 
  • A 10.25-inch touchscreen 
  • 2 USB ports 
  • Bluetooth® 
  • HD radio 
  • A four-speaker stereo 

The Chevy Equinox has some of the same features, but the touchscreen is a small seven-inch unit.  

Safety 

If you’re looking for the ideal family vehicle, the Mazda CX-5 is it, and one big reason is because of its many standard safety features: 

  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers 
  • Pedestrian detection 
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Lane keep assist 
  • Blind spot monitoring 
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Forward automatic emergency braking 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert 
  • Automatic high-beam headlights 
  • A rearview camera 

Adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert aren’t standard in the Chevy Equinox and would require an upgrade. 

If you want to find out how the Mazda CX-5 also beats the Chevy Equinox out on the road, visit Heritage Mazda Bel Air for a test drive. 

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