2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport vs 2019 Hyundai Tuscon SE

2019 CX-5 vs 2019 Tuscon

The SUV/crossover market is pretty saturated these days. Every auto manufacturer makes at least one SUV and one crossover, sometimes more. With so many options, there are plenty of great, affordable options.

In our quest to find the best SUV, we put the 2019 Mazda CX-5 and the 2019 Hyundai Tuscon toe-to-toe in order to figure out which is more deserving of your dollar.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport


2019 Hyundai Tuscon SE

$24,350 MSRP $23,200
2.5L inline 4-cyl Engine 2.0L inline 4-cyl
187 hp / 186 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 164 hp / 151 ft-lbs
FWD Drivetrain FWD
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic
25 / 31 / 28 mpg Fuel Economy 23 / 30 / 26 mpg

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Exceptional Handling and Steering

The 2019 Tuscon is capable, surely. It feels comfortably handleable perched atop its chassis while driving. It’s steering provides decent feedback too. However, the 2019 CX-5 completely outclasses it. We expect brilliant handling from Mazda cars like the MX-5 or the Mazda6, but the CX-5 refuses to be outdone by the rest of the Mazda lineup. It dominates all manner of turns at all speeds with responsive ease. This is the type of vehicle that makes you want to weave in and out of traffic because it feels so satisfying to do in the CX-5. The steering wheel provides excellent tactile feedback, letting you know exactly where your wheels are pointing.

Superior Interior

The Tuscon driver’s seat feels a bit stiff when you are in it. It’s not uncomfortable per se, just a bit more upright than feels natural, no matter how the seat is adjusted. On the hand, the CX-5 driver’s seat feels just right and has myriad configurations that always feel natural; this adds to the excellent driving feel of the CX-5. The Tuscon interior doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy … until you get to the cargo area, where there is scratchy plastic abound. The CX-5—despite being eminently affordable—feels refined inside, even luxurious. Each piece of trim looks quality, and more importantly, feels like it too.

Want to experience the 2019 Mazda CX-5? Give us here at Hall Mazda a call; we can schedule a test drive and answer any questions you may have.