Mazda5 vs Chevrolet Equinox

The 2013 Mazda5 vs. The 2013 Chevy Equinox

Sometimes, a simple side-by-side comparison is in order when looking for a new car. Making sure you get the safest possible vehicle on the market is key, especially when your heart is set on a minivan. At Cox Mazda in Bradenton, servicing the Tampa, Florida neighborhood, we’re going to make sure you get the right car for your money. Take, for instance, the 2013 Mazda5, and how it measures up against the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Safest Bet

Those looking for a minivan are likely looking for something safe for their family. Both the 2013 Mazda5 minivan and the Chevy Equinox are equipped with the trimmings: front and front-side airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, and traction control make sure that your family is protected on the roads. However, going hand-in-hand with safety is reliability, of which there is a clear victor. JD Power and Associates run Initial Quality Studies, ranking competitors with regards to quality just off of the lot and the likelihood that you’d need a repair soon. The 2013 Mazda5 ranked 10th in the nation for reliability, well in front of the 15th-ranked entrant, the Equinox.

Easy to Drive

Overall, the Mazda5 is just simpler to take on the road. Its handling blows Chevy’s out of the water by having a turning circle a full 5.9 feet tighter than the Equinox with its 19” wheels, making the Mazda5 much easier to park while running errands around town. Beyond that, it’s far more spacious, allowing for six passengers, making the Equinox’s 5-passenger max seem a little cramped. The Mazda5 also offers a manual transmission for those who want complete control and superior fuel economy and acceleration, while the Equinox only offers automatic.

The Difference is Clear

Don’t be fooled: the Mazda5 is the best choice for those in the Bradenton and Tampa areas looking for a quality minivan. If you’re more into seeing the benefits with your own eyes, stop by the Cox Mazda showroom and make sure to keep an eye on our constantly-changing specials online. If you’re already doing the legwork to compare similar vehicles, then you’re savvy enough to wait for the perfect opportunity to buy it when it’s on special!