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Mazda CX-5 vs. Jeep Cherokee

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Mazda CX-5

$484
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Jeep Cherokee

$513
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
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
Excellent
The Jeep Cherokee Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 17th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $513 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$484
inexpensive
expensive
$513
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.36
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(0)
4
(0)
3
(0)
2 (1)
1 (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 (1)
4 (16)
3 (9)
2 (2)
1 (2)
The Jeep Cherokee ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in electrical.
“A fine car, if you take care of it, it will take care of you.”
“A fine car, if you take care of it, it will take care of you.”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Jeep Cherokee and the Mazda CX-5 are two compact, two-row SUVs. Each one comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

The standard engines in the Jeep Cherokee and the Mazda CX-5 have about the same amount of power. The Cherokee’s standard engine has 180 horsepower, and the CX-5 has a standard engine with 187 horsepower. The Cherokee offers an optional engine with 271 horsepower, but the CX-5 does not offer an optional engine. If you need or want extra power, then the Cherokee has an advantage here.

In a comparison of cargo space, the Cherokee gives you a total of 54.9 cubic feet with the rear seats down. The CX-5 comes in with 59.6 cubic feet. Both of these SUVs rank at the low end of the range in the compact, two-row SUV class. If you need as much hauling space as possible, you should look to more spacious competitors, such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

One major area of differentiation between the Jeep Cherokee and the Mazda CX-5 is in their driving abilities on different types of surfaces. For off-road capability, the Cherokee is superior, especially with the Trailhawk model. On paved roads, the CX-5 is truly a pleasure to drive. It gives you the kind of sporty and engaging handling that is rare among compact SUVs.