When comparing the Chevrolet Equinox's and the Mazda CX-5's specifications and ratings, the Chevrolet Equinox has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency, reliability and overall quality score. The Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the areas of resale value, interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Chevrolet Equinox's and the Mazda CX-5's specifications and ratings, the Chevrolet Equinox is a better car than the Mazda CX-5.
Chevrolet Equinox vs. Mazda CX-5 Pricing
A used 2023 Chevrolet Equinox ranges from $25,617 to $36,303 while a used 2023 Mazda CX-5 is priced between $27,582 to $37,317. For a new model, the Chevrolet Equinox's price is between $26,479 and $38,167, with the Mazda CX-5 priced between $28,805 and $39,394.
Chevrolet Equinox vs. Mazda CX-5 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Chevrolet Equinox loses 47.6 percent of its value and the Mazda CX-5 loses 39.8 percent of its value. This means the Mazda CX-5 retains 7.8 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Chevrolet Equinox.
Chevrolet Equinox vs. Mazda CX-5 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Chevrolet Equinox is 8.3 out of 10 while the Mazda CX-5's quality rating is 8.1 out of 10. This results in the Chevrolet Equinox being ranked 7 out of 19 Best Small SUVs and the Mazda CX-5 being ranked 12 out of 19. Out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs, the Chevrolet Equinox is ranked 16 and the Mazda CX-5 is ranked 27. The Chevrolet Equinox is also ranked 16 out of 55 Best 5-seater SUVs while the Mazda CX-5 is ranked 25 out of 55.
Chevrolet Equinox vs. Mazda CX-5 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Chevrolet Equinox is 7.9 out of 10. For the Mazda CX-5 the reliability rating is 7.2 out of 10. This gives the Chevrolet Equinox a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Mazda CX-5.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Chevrolet Equinox’s base engine makes 175 horsepower, and the Mazda CX-5 base engine makes 187 horsepower. The Equinox is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 462 miles. The CX-5 is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 459 miles. This gives the Chevrolet Equinox the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Mazda CX-5. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the Mazda CX-5 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front leg room, rear head room, and cargo space. The Chevrolet Equinox has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front shoulder room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Mazda CX-5 has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick award.