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Mazda CX-5 vs. Chevrolet Equinox

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Mazda CX-5

$484
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Chevrolet Equinox

$495
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Mazda CX-5 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 5th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $484 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CX-5.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Chevrolet Equinox Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $495 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$484
inexpensive
expensive
$495
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.36
not often
very often
0.39
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
15%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 star
(0)
4 star
(0)
3 star
(0)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(1)
The Mazda CX-5 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“I researched and rented 8 different cars before deciding on this one. My first brand new car ever purchased. I'm disappointed that all materials read on this car were just fluff. My prior car was a...”
“I researched and rented 8 different cars before deciding on this one. My first brand new car ever...”
5 star
(3)
4 star
(15)
3 star
(13)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(1)
The Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop constantly for engine problems after 10,000 miles...had to have the engine replaced at 50,000. Also h...”
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop co...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5 are two different compact two-row SUVs. Both of these vehicles will seat five, and both of them come with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option.

A comparison of the engines of the Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5 show some interesting differences. The Equinox’s standard engine has 170 horsepower, while the CX-5 comes with a single engine choice, with a somewhat higher output of 187 horsepower. But the Equinox also offers two additional power options: a torquey, high-MPG diesel engine, and a 252-horsepower gasoline engine. The Equinox gives you several power choices; the CX-5 only one. 

Cargo space is comparable in the Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5. Equinox has 63.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. CX-5 has slightly less with 59.6 cubic feet.

Both the Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5 are pleasant to drive, but the CX-5 excels as a driver’s SUV, with excellent steering, ride and handling. This is a unique quality that the CX-5 has over its competition, the Equinox included.

If you need a good, basic compact SUV that does everything pretty well, the Chevrolet Equinox is a fine choice. But if you really enjoy driving, and don’t want a compact SUV that feels like a truck, get yourself behind the wheel of the Mazda CX-5.

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