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A reliable compact SUV is a welcome addition to anyone wishing to brave harsh Minnesota winters. Giving you the utility and ground clearance of a regular SUV without the cumbersome size makes it a popular choice for both consumers and automakers alike. Two popular choices in the Subcompact SUV segment are the Mazda CX-5 and the newly redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is the new introduction of the next generation of the long-running Tucson lineup. The fourth-generation Tucson sees a significant redesign all around. The exterior now carries a more bold and sporty design that is sure to look fresh for the modernized driver.
The sporty look is coupled with a spirited 2.5L 4-cylinder engine generating 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. While it won’t be winning any sort of races, the Hyundai Tucson will be able to cruise through the Twin Cities without any issues. For those needing some more traction, the Tucson is also available as an all-wheel drive.
The Hyundai Tucson gas mileage is a leader in the vehicle segment with an EPA estimated city and highway MPG of 26/33 for the front-wheel-drive version. For the AWD version, the mileage slightly drops to a respectable 24/29.
When it comes to the interior, the Tucson interior space holds a slight edge over what is found in the Mazda CX-5. The real significant space advantage lies in the available cargo space. The Tucson cargo room with the seats up is 38.7 cubic feet and increases to a whopping 80.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down.
With its all-new design, great gas mileage, and bountiful interior room, the new Hyundai Tucson is hard to beat in the Subcompact SUV space.
The Mazda CX-5 is another popular choice in the compact SUV segment, as it is a very competent vehicle in the space.
Overall, the CX-5 is a slightly smaller car than the new Tucson. This downside is mostly reflected in the interior space where the CX-5 loses out on the much-required cargo room. While the Tucson vs CX-5 passenger room is neck and neck, its cargo room is ~30% smaller. With the seats up, the CX-5 cargo space is 30.9 cubic feet, and with the seats down, the space increases to only 59.6 cubic feet.
Hauling around objects is a big part of the “utility” in a sports utility vehicle, so it is important to consider if this lower cargo capacity is suitable for your lifestyle.
In terms of powertrain, the Mazda CX-5 comes with an option of two different engines. One is a 2.5L 4-cylinder generating 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, very similar to what is found in the Tucson. Another 2.5L 4-cylinder turbo is also offered, making 227 horsepower, and 310 pound-feet of torque, allowing for slightly more spirited driving with the trade-off of lower gas mileage.
While both these Hyundai’s and Mazda’s are close in price to one another, the Hyundai Tucson price is slightly cheaper in its lowest trim and is considerably cheaper when comparing the top trims. Coming in at a low price is important regardless of whether you’re a growing family or someone that just needs the utility to haul things around. Both Subcompact SUVs start around the $25,000 mark with the Tucson starting price being $24,950. The Mazda CX-5 starting price is slightly more at $25,370.
|2022 Hyundai Tucson Trim||MSRP||2021 Mazda CX-5 Trim||MSRP|
|Grand Touring Reserve||$35,385|
Both of the compact SUVs are offered with the latest technologies. A beautiful 10.25-inch display headlines the center console of each vehicle. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered in both, making integration with your phone of choice a breeze.
While the CX-5 offers keyless entry, the new Tucson takes it another step further and allows for the use of your phone as a key. This feature allows you to digitally “share” your key with other people that might need to temporarily use the car.
Both offer the standard fare of driver assistance features such as cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision avoidance, and lane-keep assistance.
For those trying to navigate tight Minnesota parking spaces, the Remote Smart Parking Assist feature on the Tucson will be a savior. While standing outside of the SUV, one can push on the remote to have the Tuscan pull in or out of a parking spot on your behalf. Another parking feature, Safe Exit Warning (SEW), monitors for oncoming traffic and warns you if it is unsafe to leave the vehicle.
Being able to keep a new car for a long time is no doubt a concern for any new car buyer. Both Mazda and Hyundai place top 10 in Consumer Report’s most reliable brands, so there shouldn’t be too much cause for concern.
Still, for those that want more peace of mind, Hyundai provides the best warranty in the industry with a 5 year/50,000 limited warranty and 10 years/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Mazda on the other hand carries a more standard, but respectable 3 year/36,000-mile and 5 years/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
USANews has rated the Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-5 as number one and two in their best compact SUV list, so of course, the choice between the two won’t be easy. While comparing these two on paper, it’s important to remember that first-hand experience could sway opinions. Each vehicle has a unique driving style and as such, test driving each is a must. At Walser Hyundai, we want to be the Minnesota Hyundai dealership that can help you make that decision. Test drives for the all-new Hyundai Tuscon are available at our store in Brooklyn Park or schedule a test drive online and we’ll bring the vehicle to you.