Jeep Cherokee  vs Mazda CX-5 

Jeep Cherokee Limited

  • $28k
  • 2.4L V6
  • 22 city 31 hwy
View of Jeep Cherokee
The front end splits its headlamps and underplays the grille-the one design detail that connotes Jeep no matter where it's seen, around the world.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

Mazda CX-5 Sport

  • $21k
  • 2.0L
  • 26 city 35 hwy
Angle view of Mazda CX-5
While the suspension is nicely tuned, the steering we'll call pretty much perfect—and by far the best in this class.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Cherokee vs Mazda CX-5

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

View of Jeep Cherokee

Reasons to consider the
Jeep Cherokee Limited

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Front view of Mazda CX-5

Reasons to consider the
Mazda CX-5 Sport

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Saves on fuel $1,851 vs $2,151 Around 15% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Cheaper annual cost $6,130 vs $7,790 More than 20% less expensive per year
Lower MSRP $21k vs $28k 25% cheaper sticker price
Less energy used per car made 1,729 kWh/vehicle vs 2,172 kWh/vehicle 20% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Higher EPA highway mileage 35 MPG vs 31 MPG Around 15% better on the interstate
Higher EPA city mileage 26 MPG vs 22 MPG Around 20% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Better highway driving range 518 miles vs 489 miles More than 5% further range on the interstate
Slightly better city driving range 384 miles vs 347 miles More than 10% further in the city

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$28,195 14.6¢/mile Jeep Cherokee
Mazda CX-5 $21,395 12.6¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Mazda CX-5 is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Jeep Cherokee Mazda CX-5
Price $5,639 ($28,195) $4,279 ($21,395)
Fuel $2,193 (2,964 gallons) $1,888 (2,551 gallons)
City 22 MPG 26 MPG
Highway 31 MPG 35 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Cherokee  vs Mazda CX-5 

Standard features on the CX-5 Sport include keyless entry with push-button start, steering-wheel audio controls and various power accessories.
CX-5 Sport

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Cherokee  vs
Mazda CX-5 
Brand Jeep Mazda
Model year 2015 2014
City range 347 miles 384 miles
Highway range 489 miles 518 miles
MSRP $28k $21k
Annual cost $7,790 $6,130

power & handling

Max HP 184 HP @ 6,250 RPM 155 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.6 feet 36.7 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 11.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Disc 11.89 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 225
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 65

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Antilock brakes N/A Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control N/A Standard
Traction control N/A Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Front track width 62 in 62.4 in
Height 65.7 in 65.7 in
Ground clearance 5.7 in 8.5 in
Length 182 in 178.7 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in 106.3 in
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 54 ft³ 55 ft³
Rear seat room 49 ft³ 49 ft³

Manufacturing Emissions

Cherokee  vs
Mazda CX-5 
CO2 per car made 0.7 metric ton 0.66 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,172 kWh/vehicle 1,729 kWh/vehicle

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.4L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders V6 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 9-speed Automatic 2WD 6-speed Manual 2WD

stereo & entertainment

AM/FM radio N/A Standard
CD player N/A Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A Optional, $525
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control N/A Standard
Front A/C N/A Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry N/A Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system N/A Optional, $0
Roof rails N/A Optional, $250
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors N/A Standard
Power outlets N/A Standard
Power steering N/A Standard
Power windows N/A Standard
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