Compact SUVs should be both capable and stylish. The Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester check both of those boxes, but which one is right for you? Mazda of Gastonia put this Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester comparison together to help drivers in Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC, decide.

Mazda CX-5 Engine Specs

MAZDA CX-5 vs Forester: Performance

The Mazda CX-5 offers a smooth ride and a fun drive. There are two sporty engines to choose from, starting with a Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder that gets up to 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. For more power under the hood, there’s also a turbocharged Skyactiv®-G 2.5T 4-cylinder. This powertrain offers an exciting 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.

Both powertrains are prepared to help you carry some extra cargo, too. With its 2,000-pound towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 can haul a utility trailer, a jet ski, or a fishing boat.

The Subaru Forester doesn’t give you many options. There’s only one engine available. While it also runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, it can only get up to 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. With less power comes less towing capacity, too. The Forester can only tow up to 1,500 pounds.


Mazda CX-5 Style

Subaru Forester vs MAZDA CX-5 Exterior

Whether you’re going out to dinner downtown, or you’re picking the kids up from school, the Mazda CX-5 will make other drivers jealous. It features a sleek, streamlined design that’s both luxurious and aerodynamic. It features a large black grille, a round hood, sharp roofline spoiler, and a round trunk.

On the other hand, the Subaru Forester has an awkward design. While it also includes a large grille and a spoiler, its flat hood and straight back make it look a bit like a box on wheels.


Mazda CX-5 Interior

Mazda vs Subaru Interior

Each SUV offers seating for five and lots of cargo room. You’ll also be able to get comfortable in both SUVs with power-adjustable seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power moonroof. You can even cool off in the summer with ventilated front seats.

The Mazda CX-5 focuses on both comfort and style, though. It features a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter. It also includes a 7-inch touchscreen on top of the dashboard for your infotainment system.

The cabin also offers fine wood accents running along the doors and dashboard. Whether you stick with the standard cloth seats, go with leatherette and Lux Suede®, or opt for leather upholstery, your SUV is guaranteed to look refined.

The Subaru Forester also offers leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, but it isn’t as stylish overall. Design features like suede inserts and wood accents are not available. Plus, it has a smaller 6.5-inch infotainment screen.

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Test Drive the Stylish MAZDA CX-5

Visit Mazda of Gastonia to test drive the sporty and stylish Mazda CX-5. It offers a fun drive, convenient towing capabilities, and modern luxury to drivers and families in Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC. Contact us to learn more about our Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester comparison or visit our dealership.


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