Top 3 Compact SUVs: The Mazda CX-5 Scores Big!

Year after year, for various reasons, the compact SUV category attracts more buyers than any other. First of all, it offers highly sought-after vehicles that are versatile, and not too big or too small. Secondly, it offers many interesting and attractive options. It’s enough to give you a headache while shopping. At L’Ami Junior Mazda, your new Mazda and used car dealer in Chicoutimi, we’ll try to narrow it down for you by taking a look at the category’s top 3 - the Mazda CX-5, the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Rogue.


The Mazda CX-5 is the most interesting offering in the category for multiple reasons; let’s have a look. First of all, when it comes to your driving experience, no other vehicle in this category offers as much as the CX-5. Built on the Mazda3’s solid chassis, the Mazda CX-5 is always well grounded on the road and provides a safe driving experience, so that you never feel unsettled behind the wheel. It sounds like a cliché, but this SUV can be driven like a car. If you prefer luxury, you won’t find anything better than the refined Signature model. When it comes to power, the Signature and GT models offer a 2.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower. In its category, only the plug-in hybrid model of the Toyota RAV4 delivers more, but it is more expensive.

Finally, the mechanical options are very appealing. Apart from the turbo engine, you can spec your Mazda CX-5 with a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. A 2.2-litre turbo, 4-cylinder diesel engine with 168 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque, is also available. Considering all this, a visit to your L’Ami Junior Mazda dealer in Chicoutimi for a road test is a must.


The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling vehicle in its category. It offers quality and a good reputation, which always helps its sales. The RAV4 also comes in a variety of builds, including a conventional engine, a hybrid approach, and a plug-in hybrid configuration known as Prime. Each has a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine, and while the gasoline model is unassisted, the other two are supported by two and three electric motors respectively. That gives you 203, 219 and 302 horsepower, in that order. Behind the wheel, the RAV4 is most of all comfortable. However, it’s not as fun to drive as the Mazda CX-5. The RAV4 is still an excellent choice, but if you’re looking for the most complete model in terms of fun, comfort and practicality, Mazda is the one to consider.


Finally, the other big player in the category is the Nissan Rogue. And this is even truer in 2021, as the Rogue is brand new, having been completely redesigned for the year. The Nissan Rogue is all about balance. Comfort, courtesy of the “zero gravity” seats and a well-calibrated suspension, and power, the result of a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and the same amount of torque, are both on target, as is the solid chassis that gives a sporty ride. The interior layout has been improved with this new model. The quality of the materials and the design make it feel like a more upscale model. The multimedia system has been tweaked, and the head-up display, available in certain versions, is clear and easy to read. And when it comes to design, the Rogue looks spectacular.


At L’Ami Junior Mazda, you’ll be spoiled for choice with an impressive inventory of new and used Mazda vehicles. An enthusiastic team welcomes you with consideration and respect. You’ll get sound advice, incredible offers and the most advantageous financing options. Come and meet us today!

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Posted in On Mar 09, 2021