2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport FWD

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Mazda CX-5


2019 Subaru Forester
SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

2.5L inline-4
187 hp

Base Horsepower

182 hp
186 lb-ft

Base Torque

176 lb-ft
25 mpg city/31 mpg highway*

Fuel Efficiency

26 mpg city/33 mpg highway
2,000 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

Sizing up the 2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. the 2019 Subaru Forester is a comparison of the greats, as both SUVs serve Fort Collins drivers an excellent selection of today’s most desirable automotive features. But those looking for more thrill behind the wheel will want to consider Mazda, which excels in both power and towing capacity.

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. Forester: Performance

Discerning Frederick drivers want the most from their SUV, and the Mazda CX-5 zooms past the Forester in terms of performance. While each houses a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, Mazda manages higher horsepower, torque, and superior towing capacity.

  • Engine: The standard Mazda CX-5 engine is a 187-hp SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that offers at 186 lb-ft of torque. Subaru’s 2.5L engine falls short at 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque.
  • Fuel Economy: The Forester achieves 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway,* while the 2019 Mazda CX-5 averages 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway.*
  • Towing Capacity: Make fewer hauling trips with the Mazda CX-5, which can manage 500 more pounds of towing power than the Forester.
2019 Mazda CX-% Signature Instrument Cluster

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. Forester: Interior and Exterior Features

Both of these SUVs are packed with the technology and connectivity features Loveland drivers crave, but Mazda has added a few extra touches to its midsize SUVs that are not present on the Forester:

  • Remote Tailgate Release: Activate your hatch from a distance, making loading groceries or sports equipment an easy, hands-free experience.
  • Second Row Reclining Seat: No matter where your passengers sit in the Mazda CX-5, they can enjoy a seat position that supports and comforts.
  • Automatic Headlights: Never be in the dark again with light-sensing headlights that automatically turn on as the sun sets.
2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature dashboard

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. Forester: Reviews

There’s no doubt that Mazda and Subaru have each earned acclaim for their popular SUVs, since both rank high with critics and fans alike. Many of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 reviews note the styling and finishing touches, with Edmunds specifically calling out how this SUV “makes rival midsize SUVs seem generic by comparison.” Truly, the Mazda CX-5 offers a wealth of paint colors, trims, and upholstery options to delight all Firestone tastes.

In reviewing the 2019 Subaru Forester, Edmunds noted how “while the base Forester is well-equipped and affordably priced, it doesn’t have features that Subaru owners might expect from such a capable small crossover.”

2019 Mazda CX-5 at a crosswalk

Safety Features

You may not realize it, but Mazda vehicles have made a name for themselves with their incredible safety features. The i-ACTIVSENSE® suite of safety technologies is available to make every drive around Boulder secure for you and your passengers, and it includes both active and passive safety features to help you avoid accidents, and to mitigate the effects of a collision if one does occur. Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, and a Lane Departure Warning System are just a few of the features of i-ACTIVSENSE®, and this safety suite is only available on Mazda vehicles.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Safety Ratings:

  • Five-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA
  • IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick+

Test Drive the 2019 Mazda CX-5 at Near Boulder!

There’s no better way to decide on your new SUV than taking it for a test drive. Visit Courtesy Mazda today to get behind the wheel of this fun and capable ride, and see why we think Mazda outshines Subaru. Once you’ve decided for yourself, explore our new vehicle specials to your new car purchase!

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