Hyundai is a well-known name for folks seeking a bargain. The South Korean carmaker built its reputation on providing lots of features at a reasonable price, and it has steadily upped its styling and engineering as well. But sometimes, even better deals can lurk elsewhere.
Take the 2021 Mazda CX-5. This compact crossover is similarly priced to the competing 2022 Hyundai Tucson, but it has even more standard features. It also lives up to Mazda’s reputation for performance. Yet the Tucson is newly redesigned for 2022, and the new model also moves well beyond mere affordability. But which one is best? We tested both the CX-5 and Tucson for this review so we could compare them across eight categories and then name an overall winner. Keep reading to learn more about these two compelling values.