2018 Porsche Macan vs. 2018 Mazda CX-5

Drivers around the world are demanding more from their crossover SUVs, and the 2018 Porsche Macan delivers. Its tremendous speed, finish, options and perks make it a vehicle that is coveted by many. But how does it stack up to the 2018 Mazda CX-5, an SUV prized for its value, steering, attractive styling and chassis?

Design & Style

The Mazda CX-5 is good looking all around. The grille on its nose is shaped like a shield, with gentle curves and an intricate chrome plastic ring that extends inside the headlights. Inside, the windshield has been installed further into the hood, with a back bumper that has been simplified and headlights which are small. The dashboard has a lot of going on but isn’t overwhelming. The Porsche Macan is a real gem, with LED taillights that wrap around the frame with quad type tailpipes. Its exterior is curvy, similar to the Mazda, and within the cabin, designers added a wonderful analog feel that many other SUVs, to their detriment, are abandoning. The ignition within the Macan is left mounted.

Technology & Safety

Those who buy the Porsche Macan will be well protected by multiple airbags, lane departure notifications, surround view camera, and blind spot monitoring. Within the interior, luxury features include Bluetooth support, an audio system with ten speakers, seats that can be power adjusted, Alcantara upholstery, and three-zone climate controls with seven-inch touch screens.

The Mazda CX-5 is also equipped with multiple safety features, such as emergency brakes, alerts for cross traffic, headlights which are a high beam, and cruise control which is adaptive. It has been given a five star rating for its ability to protect passengers from side and frontal impacts, and additional luxuries offered in the cabin include a steering wheel that is wrapped in leather, power locks and windows, infotainment screens which are seven inches, windshield wipers that can automatically detect rain, USB ports, Bose audio and two-zone climate control.


The Mazda CX-5 comes with a standard inline 4, 2.5-liter engine that can produce up to 187 horsepower with 185 pounds of torque. It has an automatic six-speed transmission and a nifty feature called cylinder active displacement, which means that it can operate using fifty percent of its cylinders to conserve fuel. The Porsche Macan, however, has a substantial edge in power, with a turbo 4 engine that can produce up to 252 horsepower with 273 pounds of torque, which allows it to accelerate from zero to sixty little over six seconds.

The Bottom Line

While both of these SUVs bring a lot to the table, the Mazda CX-5 has several glaring issues. Aside from its subpar performance, its infotainment is reportedly difficult to set up, its cargo volume is insufficient, and it just doesn’t have the refinement of the Macan, so the Porsche wins.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Macan Test Drive Today?

Feel how it is like to drive a luxury car offering the total package like that of what the 2018 Porsche Macan offers. You can drive this stellar car here with us at Manhattan Motorcars. We are located in New York, and we are servicing the needs of car buyers in the Tri-State area. Visit us today at our showroom or call us to book your Porsche Macan test drive appointment in advance.

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