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Mazda CX-5 vs. Buick Encore

When comparing the Mazda CX-5 to the Buick Encore, the Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Buick Encore 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 and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Mazda CX-5 versus the Buick Encore, the Buick Encore is a better car than the Mazda CX-5.

Mazda CX-5 versus Buick Encore Pricing

A used 2023 Mazda CX-5 ranges from $28,536 to $41,171 while a used 2022 Buick Encore is priced between $23,743 to $29,419. For a new model, the Mazda CX-5's price is between $29,400 and $40,166, with the Buick Encore priced between $25,921 and $29,604.

Mazda CX-5 versus Buick Encore Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Mazda CX-5 is 8.3 out of 10 while the Buick Encore's quality rating is 8.4 out of 10. This results in the Mazda CX-5 being ranked 8 out of 24 Best Small SUVs and the Buick Encore being ranked 2 out of 12 Best Luxury Subcompact SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Mazda CX-5’s base engine makes 187 horsepower, and the Buick Encore base engine makes 155 horsepower. The CX-5 is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 459 miles. The Encore is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 448 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mazda CX-5, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Mazda CX-5 has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Buick Encore has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Buick Encore has higher safety ratings than the Mazda CX-5, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.85 out of 5 Stars.

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2023 Mazda CX-5

2022 Buick Encore

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,400 - $40,166

Used Asking Price:

$28,536 - $41,171

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$25,921 - $29,604

Used Asking Price:

$23,743 - $29,419

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.3%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.3 / 10

Reliability:

7.2 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

9.9 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.2 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

8 / 24

Small SUVs with Best Resale Value

10 / 24
12 / 61
14 / 24

Crossover SUVs with Best Resale Value

15 / 61

Most Reliable Small SUVs

15 / 24
26 / 61
27 / 61
29 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 12

Most Reliable Luxury Subcompact SUVs

2 / 12

Luxury Subcompact SUVs with Best Resale Value

6 / 12
10 / 67

Most Reliable Luxury Crossover SUVs

18 / 67

Luxury Crossover SUVs with Best Resale Value

20 / 67

Summary Review

The Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover with seating for five and a reputation as a favorite for drivers. The current Mazda CX-5 was redesigned for the 2017 model year, with new models costing an average of $32,211 and recent models averaging $23,771.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Dynamic driving experience
  • Near-luxury interior design and materials
  • Available 250-hp turbo engine on newer models

  • No hybrid available
  • Fuel economy lags class leaders
  • Non-turbo models could use more power

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

2.5 S, 2.5 S Carbon Edition, 2.5 S Preferred, 2.5 S Premium, 2.5 S Premium Plus, 2.5 S Select, 2.5 Turbo, 2.5 Turbo Signature

Trim Levels

Preferred

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.85 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

186 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

155 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

177 foot-lbs @ 2000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.049 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 30 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

367 / 459 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 32 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

336 / 448 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

N/A

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

N/A

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

N/A

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

N/A

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.8 inches

Cargo Space:

30.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

59.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

134.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.5 inches

Cargo Space:

18.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

48.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3717 lbs

Width:

83.3 inches

Height:

66.1 inches

Length:

180.1 inches

Wheelbase:

106.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.6 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3195 lbs

Width:

70.1 inches

Height:

65.2 inches

Length:

168.4 inches

Wheelbase:

100.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.2 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P225/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum with painted accents

Tire Size:

P215/55R18