10 Alternatives to the 2018 Ford Escape

2017 Mazda CX-5
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2017 Mazda CX-5

$24,045 | U.S. News Score: 8.7/10

The 2018 Ford Escape is regarded as one of the sportier models in the compact SUV class, but when it comes to the twistiest of roads, no rival compares to the sports car-like personality of the 2017 Mazda CX-5. The Escape, however, does come with a more powerful optional engine.

In our rankings of compact SUVs, the CX-5 holds a spot near the top. Beyond its excellent handling, the redesigned-for-2017 Mazda crossover gets good fuel economy and features a comfortable, high-quality interior. Compared to the escape, though, the CX-5 has a few cubic feet less of cargo room when the back seats are up and about 8 cubic feet less when they are folded down.

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