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2018 GMC Terrain vs. 2018 Mazda CX-5

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  • 2018 GMC Terrain

    2018 GMC Terrain

    Starting at

    $24,995

    2018 Mazda CX-5

    mazda cx 5 2018 right

    Starting at

    $24,150

    26City MPG25
    203 lb-ftTorque186 lb-ft
    5 / 5NHTSA Crash Test Ratings4 / 5

    The 2018 GMC Terrain vs. 2018 Mazda CX-5 are two of the most competitive vehicles on the market today. It’s easy to see why, as they both come equipped with some of the greatest features for safety and entertainment. Both of these vehicles have received exemplary praise from critics regarding their style and design. Although they’ve both taken negative feedback for the lack of cargo space, it could be said that the other great features make up for this downfall. If you’re looking for a vehicle with a lot of cargo space, you may want to consider a truck or a large SUV. If you’re looking for a crossover with plenty of great features and capabilities, the GMC Terrain and the Mazda CX-5 are great contenders.

    That being said, there are definitely differences between the two vehicles that set them apart from one another. One significant difference is the fact that that the 2018 GMC Terrain scored five out of five possible stars on the NHTSA Crash Test Safety Rating. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 also did well during the crash test, but only earned four out of five stars. If you’re looking for a vehicle that will safely transport your family, friends, and pets to your destination, the safety rating is certainly something to consider. Furthermore, the Terrain gets 26 MPG in the city, whereas the CX-5 will only get 25 MPG. Although this difference is seemingly minute, it definitely adds up after years of ownership.

    Both of these vehicles are competitively priced, and the MSRP seems to be fair for the value of each of them. There are several differences between these two vehicles but ultimately, they are more similar than different. Some of the greatest strengths of these two vehicles are the safety, the price, and the reliability. Although the cargo space is definitely not what would be expected in a larger vehicle, it is competitive and would provide enough room for whatever it is you’d like to transport. Additionally, the Mazda CX-5 is known as the more “fun-to-drive” choice, which is excellent if that’s what you’re looking for in a vehicle. If you’re looking for a more safe and spacious vehicle, you may end up favoring the 2018 GMC Terrain.

    When it comes to the 2018 GMC Terrain vs the 2018 Mazda CX-5, it’s a close call. However, a decision must be made when it comes time to purchase your next SUV. While the 2018 GMC Terrain is our top choice, both are high-quality and versatile options. So, to help you reach your decision, we’ll compare the 2018 GMC Terrain vs 2018 Mazda CX-5 across a few of the most important categories among drivers including fuel economy, safety, and cargo volume and space.

  • Cargo

    If you plan on having several passengers and carrying precious cargo around town (or out of town), then you’ll want to consider the cargo space of your next vehicle carefully.

    2018 GMC Terrain

    The 2018 GMC Terrain comes equipped with space to carry your cargo along with your family and friends. It’s no wonder that this vehicle has been immensely popular in the past few months. In most categories, the GMC Terrain displays that it has incredible amounts of space and storage for anything that you could want to or need to put in your vehicle. Firstly, the cargo volume to seat 1 is 63.3 cubic feet. If you’re looking for a comfortable ride for all of your passengers on your next trip, the GMC Terrain has you covered. Additionally, the overall length of this vehicle is 182.3 inches, which is large compared to its competitors. Although there are definitely areas where the GMC Terrain could be improved upon, it’s a tough competitor for the other vehicles in its class when it comes to cargo space.

    2018 Mazda CX-5

    The Mazda CX-5 definitely lacks some of the cargo space that the Terrain has to offer. Many customers have remarked about the fact that there is not a whole lot of cargo room for the easy transport of items. The cargo volume to seat 1 is 59.6 cubic feet, which does not quite measure up to the space that we see with the Terrain. Furthermore, the CX-5 does not stack up well in regards to the other measurements, either. In almost every category (Overall Height, Wheelbase, Overall Length, and Cargo Volume to Seat 1) the Mazda CX-5 does not compare with the specs that the GMC Terrain has to offer.

  • Safety

    It goes without saying that safety is one of the most important factors to consider when it comes time to purchase your new vehicle, especially if you plan on having loved ones onboard. Let’s see how the 2018 GMC Terrain vs 2018 Mazda CX-5 stack up in this category.

    2018 GMC Terrain

    The 2018 GMC Terrain earned five out of five stars on the NHTSA Crash Test Safety Rating. This means that the vehicle scores perfectly on all categories with the exception of the Rollover Rating. Otherwise, the GMC Terrain scored five stars on some of the following categories:

    • Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
    • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
    • Overall Side Crash Rating
    • Side Barrier Rating
    • Side Barrier Rating Driver
    • Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
    • Side Pole Rating Front Seat

    The outstanding marks on the crash test safety ratings signal the fact that the GMC Terrain is an SUV that you’d be comfortable and confident to drive your loved ones around in. Safety is undeniably one of the most important aspects to consider when purchasing a new car. In the category of safety, the GMC Terrain definitely outweighs the Mazda CX-5.

    2018 Mazda CX-5

    The Mazda CX-5 earned four out of five possible stars on the NHTSA Crash Test Safety Rating, which is still a very good score and would show the fact that this vehicle is reliable. However, it can be concerning to note the categories on which the CX-5 did not score five out of five stars. Some of those categories include:

    • Overall Rating
    • Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
    • Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

    When selecting a new vehicle, it’s imperative to know that it will be safe and reliable for all sorts of terrain and conditions. Nobody likes to consider the fact that the vehicle could be involved in a collision. However, there is a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing that your vehicle would be able to keep you safe in the event of an emergency. When comparing the 2018 GMC Terrain and the 2018 Mazda CX-5, the Terrain certainly takes the cake in the safety categories.

  • Efficiency

    The fuel efficiency on these vehicles is an essential factor to consider as the better the fuel efficiency, the better the overall value of the vehicle will be over time.

    2018 GMC Terrain

    The 2018 GMC Terrain is capable of reaching about 26 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. These numbers are undoubtedly impressive to anyone who has driven an SUV or a truck in the past. Not only does it require the driver to spend less time and money at the gas pump, but it also means that you spend longer on the road traveling to your destination. No matter what you’d use this vehicle for, the fuel economy is important. Additionally, this vehicle comes equipped with a huge fuel tank for it is size. The fuel tank has an approximate capacity of 14.9 gallons. This spec definitely shows the fact that this vehicle was built for people who are too busy to spend copious amounts of time at the gas pump. However, the MSRP on the 2018 GMC Terrain is $25,000, which is a bit higher than the Mazda CX-5. At the end of the day, the bottom line would essentially even out. What you’re not putting into the gas tank for the GMC Terrain, you’d be putting into your monthly payment.

    2018 Mazda CX-5

    The 2018 Mazda CX-5 will get about 25 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Although the CX-5 gets more MPG on the highway than the GMC Terrain, it’s important to consider whether you’d be traveling more highway or city miles. If you’re looking for a vehicle that will transport you throughout the city or backroads, you may be better off purchasing a vehicle that is capable of getting better MPGs on the city roads. Conversely, if you’re looking for a vehicle to travel more highway miles, the Mazda CX-5 may be the vehicle for you. The fuel tank capacity is a little bit smaller on the Mazda than on the GMC. The fuel tank will hold about 14.8 gallons, which is still excellent for a vehicle of this size.
    Overall the fuel efficiencies for these vehicles are nearly identical, making either an economic choice in terms of future fuel costs.

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