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Tuscon vs CX-5

Riverside Area Hyundai Drivers Compare
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson vs 2019 Mazda CX-5

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover SUV that features a spacious cabin, eye-catching styling, a long list of standard features, exceptional fuel economy and incredible value. These are a few of the reasons customers at the Riverside Hyundai dealer choose the Hyundai Tucson when they’re shopping for a crossover.  

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover that competes with the Tucson. Some potential Tucson buyers may also be considering the CX-5. We’ll compare the two vehicles and discover which one comes out ahead. .

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It’s difficult to beat any Hyundai model for value and the 2019 Tucson is no exception. The Tucson has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $23,200. 2019 Mazda CX-5 buyers will have to spend a little more, because the CX-5 has an MSRP that starts at $24,350. Of course, the MSRP isn’t the price you’ll pay at a dealer like Riverside Hyundai. We use the figure as a good way to compare these two crossovers.  According to “The Car Book” by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is more expensive to operate than the Tucson because repairs usually cost more for the CX-5 than the Tucson.
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The Tucson and the CX-5 both come with abundant standard and optional features, even with the base models. While both models include more than just the basic set of equipment, the Hyundai Tucson has a better infotainment system. The Tucson’s touchscreen is more responsive than the CX-5’s, and while both vehicles are equipped with 7-inch screens, the Tucson’s standard infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an important feature that isn’t available on the CX-5’s base Sport trim.

Trim Levels  

The Mazda CX-5 is available in five trim levels, listed as Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. The Tucson is only offered in six trim levels: SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited and Ultimate. The Tucson offers buyers more choices.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study the Hyundai Tucson was rated first among small SUVs. The CX-5 didn’t make the top three on the list. The organization’s 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners revealed that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles, with Hyundai ranking third, while Mazda was rated at 22nd, below the industry average.


Both vehicles have great safety scores, but the 2019 Hyundai Tucson has a number of advanced safety features that come standard on the base model that Mazda doesn’t include on the base CX-5. The Tucson SE comes with Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Driver Attention Warning. To get the equivalent features in the CX-5, you’ll have to go for one of the more expensive trim levels.


Tucson buyers will appreciate the extra sense of protection they get with Hyundai’s outstanding warranty. The Tucson Hyundai comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. By comparison, the Mazda CX-5 has a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/40,000-mile powertrain warranty. You'll also be able to take advantage of the Tucson's 5-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance coverage. Honda only provides 3 years/36,000 miles of roadside assistance.

The Final Word

When you compare the important features, it’s easy to see how the 2019 Hyundai Tucson comes out the winner in this competition against the 2019 Mazda CX-5.