Gray 2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5

Blue 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester

2019 Mazda CX-5


2020 Subaru Forester

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder
187 hp


182 hp


2,000 pounds

Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

Seating Capacity


2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester SUV

Are you shopping for a new crossover near Rio Rancho? When you compare the Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester, you can decide confidently. The new CX-5 gets our vote in this SUV comparison, because compared to the Subaru Forester, the CX-5 offers the following benefits over the competition:

  • Produces greater horsepower and has a higher towing capacity
  • Comes with all-wheel drive and seats the same number of people
  • Offers a variety of interior luxuries, such as a large touchscreen infotainment display

CX-5 vs. Forester SUV: Engines & Performance

Do you want your new SUV to have a powerful engine that can tow a small camper or boat around Santa Fe with ease? The Mazda CX-5 has the edge here. Compare its engine to the Subaru Forester’s:

  • 2019 Mazda CX-5: 187-hp SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, 2,000- to 3,500-pound towing capacity
  • 2020 Subaru Forester: 182-hp 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine, 1,500-pound towing capacity

Once you test drive the Mazda CX-5, you’re sure to feel the difference. And when you and your family are ready to hit the road for a day-trip or weekend adventure, you’ll have the towing power to bring whatever you need.

CX-5 vs. Forester SUV: Drivetrain & Safety

All-wheel drive, which is standard on both the CX-5 and Forester, gives you a stronger grip on slippery roads. In addition to better road grip, Mazda CX-5 boasts safety features like:

  • Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Hill Launch Assist

The Mazda CX-5 also comes standard with E911 automatic emergency notification. For the Subaru Forester, this feature is available as part of STARLINK® Safety and Security, but you’ll need to upgrade to a higher trim to obtain it.

CX-5 vs. Forester SUV: Premium Features

You’ll find a plethora of lavish conveniences and cutting-edge technologies inside the cabins of both SUVs, but the Mazda CX-5 gets a bigger 7-inch touchscreen interface. Plus, you can expect the following features to make your drives around Farmington easier and more entertaining:

  • MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System
  • Voice command, and 4-speaker audio system with automatic level control
  • Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher internet radio integration
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply

Test Drive the New Mazda CX-5 at University Mazda!

If you’ve narrowed your SUV search down to the Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester, visit us at University Mazda. We’ll put you behind the wheel of the CX-5 and answer any questions you may have about its dimensions, features, color options, safety ratings, and performance. Contact us to schedule a test drive near Farmington today!

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