Thinking of getting the Tucson or Mazda CX-5? Both compact crossover SUVs have a lot going for them, but the 2023 Hyundai has one big selling point over the 2023 Mazda CX-5: fuel-efficient hybrid models.
Unlike 2023 Mazda CX-5, 2023 Hyundai Tucson Offers Hybrid Models
Many SUVs are gas guzzlers, but the 2023 Tucson crossover SUV is an exception. Gasoline is a major cost of vehicle ownership, but Tucson, with its efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, helps ease this financial burden.
does not offer a hybrid. All CX-5 models are fully gas powered. It gets an estimated gas mileage of up to 26 mpg combined, which is well below the Tucson Hybrid and PHEV models. Additionally, the all-gas-powered version of the Tucson also has greater fuel economy (up to 28 mpg combined).
Besides fuel economy, another benefit of the Tucson’s increased efficiency is practicality. With lower fuel consumption, it requires fewer trips to gas stations than the CX-5.
2023 Tucson Plug-In Hybrid Outperforms Any 2023 CX-5 Model
The top model in the 2023 Hyundai Tuscon crossover SUV lineup is the plug-in hybrid. This is not only due to the high gas mileage but also due to its excellent performance. It generates a total system horsepower of 261 horsepower, which is more powerful than any other 2023 CX-5 offering. That includes the CX-5 with the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes 256 horsepower.
Another benefit of the Tucson Plug-In Hybrid is the ability to drive purely electric for short distances. It has an estimated electric range of up to 33 miles, which is close to the average number of miles Americans drive each day. Also, the Tucson PHEV is a good alternative to electric cars because anxiety isn’t a problem. When the electric power in the Tucson Plug-In Hybrid runs out, it can switch to power from the internal combustion engine.
Other ways the Hyundai Tucson is better than the Mazda CX-5
There are other ways the 2023 is better than the 2023 CX-5. This includes off-road capabilities. It has increased ground clearance (up to 8.3 versus 7.5 inches), which allows the crossover SUV to drive effectively over rough terrain. Also, the Tucson has an off-road model with the rugged XRT trim, but the CX-5 doesn’t offer an off-road model.
Additionally, the Tucson has a . This includes a 5-year/60,000-mile base warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. By comparison, the CX-5 only has a 3-year/36,000-mile base warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Also, the Tucson has a 3-year/36,000-mile free maintenance plan, but the CX-5 does not provide a free maintenance plan.
Also, with its larger overall dimensions, the Tucson has a roomier cabin. Both crossover SUVs seat up to five people, but the Tucson has a total passenger volume of 108 cubic feet, up from 104 cubic feet in the . Plus, the Tucson offers a lot more room for storage. It has a maximum cargo capacity of 80.3 cubic feet, while the CX-5 offers just 58.1 cubic feet.
With its efficient hybrid models, the 2023 Hyundai Tucson has a big selling point over the 2023 Mazda CX-5. While we’re not suggesting that the Tucson is a better overall crossover, hybrid models are a key factor to consider when you decide between the two vehicles.