2022 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

2022 Mazda CX-5 vs 2022 Subaru Forester
2022 MAZDA CX-5


2022 Subaru Forester
Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-Cylinder

Base Engine

2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-Cylinder
187 hp


182 hp
i-Activ AWD®


2,000 pounds

Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

Seating Capacity


When you’re doing an SUV comparison in New Bedford, you have so many crossover options to choose from. Where do you even being? Start with Alden Mazda and our SUV comparison of the 2022 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester. Both capable and stylish SUVs have their share of fans. Let’s find out why. 



MAZDA CX-5 vs. Forester: Performance Capabilities

When it comes to performance the Mazda CX-5 vs. Forester are similarly matched, but the Skyactiv@-G 2.5L engine gives the Mazda a bit more oomph than you’ll find under the hood of the Subaru Forester: 

  • 2022 Subaru Forester: 182-hp 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® four-cylinder engine, 1,500- to 3,000-pound towing capacity
  • 2022 MAZDA CX-5: 187-hp Skyactiv®-G 2.5L four-cylinder engine, 2,000 towing capacity

The Subaru offers more towing capacity if you upgrade to a higher trim level, while the Mazda CX-5 towing capacity is higher than the lowest Forester capacity and plenty for a small camper, fishing boat, or trailer with your ATVs for a weekend out of Dartmouth. 

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Forester: Safety Technology

All-wheel drive helps both SUVs handle whatever Fall River brings your way, but slipperty roads aren’t the only hazard you might encounter. The Mazda CX-5 has a safety system that goes above and beyond to keep you safe and driving with confidence with features that include: 

  • Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning
  • Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control
  • Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Hill Launch Assist

The Mazda CX-5 SUV interior further protects you with E911 automatic emergency notification, a feature only found with the STARLINK® Safety and Security system in higher trims. 

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Forester: Premium Amenities

Recently redesigned, the Mazda CX-5 interior is more up to date than what you’ll find inside the Subaru with larger touchscreens—10.25 inches as opposed to 6.5 inches. Other premium features you’ll find in the Mazda include:

  • Mazda Connect™ Infotainment System
  • Available 10-speaker Bose® audio system
  • Bluetooth capability
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • Voice command, and 4-speaker audio system with automatic level control
  • Aha™, Pandora®, and Stitcher™ internet radio integration

Find Your SUV Comparison Winner at Alden Mazda

Want to know more about the Mazda CX-5? We don’t blame you! Find out more about the Mazda CX-5 gas mileage and more when you visit our Mazda information hub. Alden Mazda is always updating with the latest information about Mazda vehicles and features. 


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