2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Jeep Cherokee

Split screen images of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Jeep Cherokee

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 crossover delivers one of the best all-around mixes of style, performance, and versatility in the segment. With plenty of room to haul five passengers and the gear that comes with them, comfort is no issue in the 2018 Mazda CX-5. Plus, with the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, drivers have access to all of their favorite on-road entertainment at their fingertips.

How does the 2018 Mazda CX-5 perform when compared to other crossovers in the segment? We matched the 2018 Mazda CX-5 up against another popular crossover, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee, to find out. Find pricing, fuel economy, and cargo space specs for both vehicles below along with a trim level comparison.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Jeep Cherokee

$24,150 Starting MSRP $24,395
25/31 Fuel Economy 21/30
2.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 2.4-liter four-cylinder
59.6 cubic feet Cargo Space 54.9 cubic feet

Pricing and Trim Level Comparison

While the base pricing for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and 2018 Jeep Cherokee are close, crossover shoppers will notice that moving up to higher trims in the 2018 Jeep Cherokee could cost them significantly more. That’s because the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and 2018 Jeep Cherokee lineups have different priorities.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is available in three trims Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The mixture of possible configurations gives drivers the chance to customize a daily driver with just the right mix of performance, comfort and convenience for their needs. Moving up to higher trims will get drivers features like all-wheel drive, heated seats, a power liftgate, a premium sound system, and active safety.

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee lineup also offers a healthy mixture of premium amenities, but its focus is more on off-road capability. Off-road ready trims like the Trailhawk and Overland add available features like Active Drive 4x4, Snow Mode, Selec-Terrain Traction Management, and tow hooks. These specialty features are perfect for weekend adventure, but they aren’t cheap.

If outdoor adventure is your passion, then it may be worth it to spend a little more money on a specialty-equipped 2018 Jeep Cherokee. But, if you’re just after a daily driver with excellent performance, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 lineup may offer you more of what you need for less. Crossover shoppers in the Johnson City, TN area can find the 2018 Mazda CX-5 at Bill Gatton Mazda. Stop by the dealership and our team can offer a more in-depth look at what the 2018 Mazda CX-5 lineup has to offer.

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