With so many adventures and vacations awaiting in Chester, Clifton Heights, and Brookhaven, PA, or with just a trip over the Commodore Barry Bridge into New Jersey, you need an SUV that can let you escape. That's where the 2021 Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 come in. These SUVs are built to take you wherever you want to go.

Our team at Murphy Ford has put these two vehicles head-to-head to see which one is the ultimate travel companion. Interested in learning whether the Ford Escape or Mazda CX-5 comes out on top when it comes to their performance, towing, and safety? Keep reading below to discover the winner.

Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5 Performance: 500 Miles and Counting

Are you looking to travel 500 miles and then 500 more? Looks like the 2021 Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 are right up your alley. Not only are both of these SUVs fuel efficient, but they offer powerful performances to keep pep in your step. However, the Escape offers four engine configurations compared to the CX-5's two engines.

Let's check out how much power the 2021 Ford Escape can boast first.

Ford Escape Engines



1.5L EcoBoost®

181 HP

190 lb-ft

2.0L EcoBoost®

250 HP

280 lb-ft

2.5L Hybrid

200 HP

155 lb-ft

2.5L Plug-In Hybrid

221 HP

155 lb-ft

On the other hand, the 2021 Mazda CX-5's highest engine configurations puts out a whopping 227 horsepower. While this figure will definitely ensure a smooth ride, the Ford Escape's most powerful engine offers a great horsepower.

Not only does the Ford Escape offer twice the number of available engines, but it also offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid models-something that the Mazda CX-5 goes without completely. If you're in the market for a powerhouse performer or a fuel-efficient traveler, the Ford Escape may be the right choice for you.

Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5 Towing: Bring on the Towable Toys

With such beastly engines under these SUVs' hoods, they are bound to offer some pulling power. If you're looking to haul your pop-up tent trailer or small aluminum boat, you can do that with either the 2021 Ford Escape or Mazda CX-5. However, the towing journey ends there for the CX-5's 2,000-pound towing capacity.

On the other hand, the Ford Escape offers a maximum 3,500-pound towing capacity! With 1,500 more pounds of potential carrying capacity, your Escape can tow these items:

  • A couple of jet skis
  • A lightweight travel trailer
  • A utility trailer with a couple snowmobiles

If you don't want to leave any of those additional toys at home, the 2021 Ford Escape will be your best option.

Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5 Safety: Confidence Behind the Wheel

When it comes to safety, neither the 2021 Ford Escape nor the Mazda CS-5 falls short. Both SUV's equip intelligent and expansive safety suites that offer amazing protection on the highway or city streets. Both of these vehicles share these features in common: 

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
  • Lane-Keeping System

However, if you're looking to add on a few more safety features, the 2021 Ford Escape offers a couple optional features that the Mazda goes without:

  • Active Park Assist 2.0 with Reserve Parking Aid and Front Parking Aid
  • Evasive Steering Assist

2021 Ford Escape vs Mazda CX-5-Which Will Be Your Next Travel Companion?

Although both the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 offer impressive capabilities and safety features, our team at Murphy Ford believes the 2021 Ford Escape is perfect for you. Thanks to its engine configurability, hybrid models, and advanced safety features, all of your vacations or quests can be worthwhile.

Schedule a test drive of the 2021 Ford Escape before your next ride around Chester, Clifton Heights, and Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, today.

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