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2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

When looking for the right small crossover SUV, there can be several important factors you may be looking for: cargo space, safety, fuel economy – the list goes on. But if you’re looking for that ideal vehicle on the market that can help check all these boxes, look no further than the 2020 Mazda CX-5, sold here at Bob Baker Mazda.

Few names can match the value of the 2020 model. To exemplify this, we looked at the well-advertised 2020 Subaru Forester and compared it to the 2020 Mazda CX-5. Check it out, here:

A comparison photo between a gray 2020 Mazda CX-5 and a red 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Mazda CX-5


2020 Subaru Forester

2.5 L 4-cylinder 6A Engine 2.5 L 4 Cylinder CVT
187 horsepower @ 6000 rpm Engine Power 182 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
186 ft-lbs. Torque 176 ft-lbs.
25 City / 31 Highway MPG Fuel Economy 26 City / 33 Highway MPG

While looking under the hood, the engines of 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru Forester are similar. Although the CX-5’s base trim is a standard two-wheel drive, it offers more torque and horsepower than the Forester. This leads to better acceleration while on the road combined with its smaller size make for a phenomenal driving experience. Plus, all-wheel drive and both diesel and turbocharged engine options are available if you’re wanting even more out of your CX-5 model.

Get a 2020 Mazda CX-5 in Carlsbad CA

In terms of interior and safety features, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 is worth the price in comparison to the 2020 Subaru Forester. The differences include a larger touchscreen display and optional cooled seating and ventilation. But where the CX-5 really stands out is in the safety package, as Mazda decided to standardize its innovative i-ACTIVSENSE® Suite, which includes:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Lane-Keep Assist
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function

While Subaru SUVs are known for their safety, the Mazda CX-5 was one of only two small SUVs named as a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ model. All things considered, the safety and technology features are really what makes the 2020 CX-5 shine.