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It’s a battle of the luxury SUVs in Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans between the Mazda CX-5 and the Lexus NX. These cars are a true delight to the eyes as they cruise around city streets or power down the open road, but which one has the performance, efficiency, and interior space your daily drive needs? Let our team at Paretti Mazda guide you through these vehicles to help you decide on the right one for you.
When choosing your next vehicle, the first component you’re probably interested in is the engine. A powerful and exciting motor will help you have a more enjoyable drive while added drive systems will keep everything smooth and relaxed.
The Mazda CX-5 delivers bold drives from the start with a standard Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine outputting 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain in the Lexus NX does take it up a notch with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, but this is your only engine option. In the Mazda CX-5, you can upgrade to a more powerful engine generating 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque for greater acceleration and quicker gear changes.
The Mazda CX-5 is also armed with Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus that works to seamlessly balance vehicle weight and power when cornering. You may notice a difference in the way the NX performs, though, since this is a Mazda-exclusive feature.
With power sure to delight, you’ll want to maximize your time behind the wheel of the Mazda CX-5 and the Lexus NX. Fortunately, these SUVs offer impressive fuel economies for their class. Whether you choose front-wheel drive (FWD) or available all-wheel drive (AWD) in the NX, you can expect up to an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG.
You’ll be able to stay away from the pump even longer with the Mazda CX-5. In standard front-wheel drive, you’ll be able to enjoy up to an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG helping you explore all the thrills of the open road.* Even when you choose the extra stability and control from i-Activ AWD®, you’ll still maintain up to an EPA-estimated 24 city/30 highway MPG for a drive with fewer limits.*
Interior space is an important factor to consider when looking at the best SUV for your drives. More room for you and your passengers means a more relaxing ride no matter how long you’re in the driver’s seat.
How do the Mazda CX-5 and the Lexus NX stack up when it comes to cabin room? Let’s find out!
Front Headroom: 39.3 inches
Rear Headroom: 39 inches
Rear Legroom: 39.6 inches
Rear Hip Room: 55.3 inches
Front Headroom: 38.2 inches
Rear Headroom: 38.1 inches
Rear Legroom: 36.1 inches
Rear Hip Room: 53.9 inches
In addition to providing a roomier ride for taller drivers as well as your back-seat passengers, the Mazda CX-5 also has more room for all your essentials. With your rear seat upright, you’ll also have 30.9 cubic feet of room for shopping bags, groceries, or weekend getaway bags. Things might get a little cramped in the NX, though, since it only provides 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
The answer to whether the Mazda CX-5 or the Lexus NX is better for you lies in your specific lifestyle needs. We think, with more maximum power output, greater efficiency, and a more expansive cabin, the Mazda CX-5 is the one you’ll prefer.
Drivers in Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans can stop by the showroom at Paretti Mazda today to learn more about what this vehicle has to offer. Schedule a test drive with us today!
* Up to an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG for Mazda CX-5 FWD models. AWD models with Skyactiv®-G 2.5L naturally aspirated engine, 24 city/30 highway MPG. Actual results will vary.