Compare the Mazda CX-5 to the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester in Fairhaven, MA

The right midsize crossover in Fairhaven can be exactly the thing you need for the family vacations, grocery store runs, and daily commuting which lie ahead of you in Massachusetts. However, not just any midsize crossover SUV will do the trick; the right one must combine safety, fuel efficiency, and the versatility. That is why here at Alden Mazda, we just might have something which speaks to you in the all-new Mazda CX-5, and we are prepared to put our money where our mouth is and prove it to you!

We compiled a list of facts about this midsize crossover SUV and how it stands against its top competitors, for your benefit! Let us see how the new Mazda CX-5 stands up against its worthy challengers from Toyota, Honda, and Subaru.

Mazda CX-5 vs Honda CR-V

  • Safety:
  • While both of these midsize crossover SUVs are highly regarded for their family-friendliness, you might find that the Mazda CX-5 has a lot more convenient and high-tech driver navigational aid to offer, with standard Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and avaiallbe Lane Departure Warning. These features have their Honda equivalents, but are unavailable on base trim levels of the CR-V and must be upgraded for an extra fee.

  • Convenience:
  • Along with these high-tech safety features, the Mazda CX-5 offers a bit more conveniences for less, with an available remote tailgate release feature as well as remote engine start and an available HomeLink® universal garage door opener. Some of these features are available on higher trim levels of the Honda CR-V, for an extra fee, while some are unavailable on this crossover entirely.

  • Fuel Efficiency:
  • While you might not expect either of these crossovers to offer as much in the realm of efficiency, the Mazda CX-5 just might surprise you. This midsize crossover can retain almost 15 gallons of fuel and features a gross vehicle weight ratio (GVWR) of 4,575, which takes into account the base weight of the SUV along with the potential weight of its payload, cargo or passengers. The Honda CR-V holds about 14 gallons of fuel and has a GVWR of 4,695. The more lightweight vehicle will usually be one that consumes less fuel.

Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4

  • Interior Space:
  • While this new crossover from Toyota is definitely a pretty sight to behold, it is lacking in interior space and comfort, over the Mazda CX-5. The Toyota RAV4 features a passenger volume of 98.9 cubic feet with less legroom to offer your backseat passengers. The Mazda CX-5 contains almost 104 cubic feet of passenger volume with lots of legroom to offer you, your copilot and your backseat passengers.

  • Capability:
  • Interestingly enough, while the engine of the Toyota RAV4 contributes a bit more horsepower, this crossover falls short in terms of what it can accomplish and can tow about 1,500 pounds. The Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds, giving you a more diverse range of options for what you can bring with you, from cargo trailers to smaller stowable campers.

  • Conveniences:
  • Finally, there are the little extra features which come standard on the Mazda CX-5, including an available auto-dimming rearview mirror, standard turn-signaling mirrors, high beam control, Blind Spot Monitoring and available front fog lights. Many of these features are available on the Toyota RAV4 but must be upgraded with the purchase of a higher trim level.

Mazda CX-5 vs Subaru Forester

  • Powertrain:
  • The SKYACTIV® inline four-cylinder of the Mazda CX-5 contributes a more robust powertrain, with a more responsive acceleration, generating 187 total horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Whereas, the horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine of the Subaru Forester generates about 182 total horsepower with 176 pound-feet of torque.

  • Safety Technology:
  • The Subaru Forester offers some available driver-assistive features on its base trim levels, but lacks equivalents to Mazda features like Blind Spot Monitoring, Radar Cruise Control, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. All of these features are either standard or available on all trim levels of the Mazda CX-5.

  • Fuel Efficiency:
  • In terms of EPA-estimated fuel consumption, these two SUVs seem to be equally matched. However, in terms of overall GVWR, the Subaru forester falls short of the Mazda CX-5 weighing in at 4,900 pounds. The Mazda CX-5 features across vehicle weight ratio of 4,575 and features standard alloy wheels, which also help to reduce excess weight and drag.

The Right Midsize Crossover for You!

As you can see, the available features, technology and efficiency of the Mazda CX-5 might just make it a more preferable choice for you and your needs. If this sounds like a midsize crossover you would like to learn more about, schedule a test drive and come see us here at Alden Mazda in Fairhaven, MA. We hope to see you soon!


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