Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

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Toyota RAV4

MAZDA CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4

Thanks to their versatility and accommodating interiors, SUVs continue to multiply around Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton. If you happen to be searching for the right model, the Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4 is a debate that’s likely to come up. Each SUV is a prominent player within its segment thanks to plentiful feature lists and advanced safety technology.

Is the Mazda CX-5 or the Toyota RAV4 better for your everyday routine, though? To help you decide, our Mazda of Gastonia staff created this comparison where we’ll be pitting key traits from both SUVs against each other!

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A Gap in Performance Capability

Mazda CX-5 Engine SpecsWhile both SUVs will reliably get you from Point A to Point B, a quick look under the hood shows that the Mazda CX-5 is far more powerful than the competing Toyota RAV4.

When properly equipped with the 2.5L turbo 4-cylinder motor, the Mazda CX-5 is able to generate 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission and Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus give the SUV supreme levels of poise and traction, too.

The most power you can squeeze out of your Toyota RAV4 comes from the 2.5L 4-cylinder motor that makes just 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The 8-speed automatic transmission and available All-Wheel Drive setup are a strong pairing for the RAV4, but Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus gives the Mazda CX-5 an edge in grip.

The MAZDA CX-5 Holds an Edge in Passenger Space

You and your family will likely be spending long car trips lounging in the cabin of your next SUV. To ensure lasting comfort, the Mazda CX-5 has a more inviting and roomy interior than the Toyota RAV4.

To get a feel for each interior, we’ll just compare the numbers. The Mazda CX-5 offers 41 inches of front legroom and 39.6 inches of rear legroom. How does the Toyota RAV4 stack up? Well, front-row legroom measures 41 inches, but second-row legroom is just 37.8 inches.

Mazda CX-5 Interior

It’s the same story for hip room and headroom. The Mazda CX-5 offers 55.2 inches of front hip room, 55.3 inches of rear hip room, 39.3 inches of front headroom, and 39 inches of rear headroom.

The Toyota RAV4 offers 54.3 inches of front hip room, 47.7 inches of rear hip room, 37.7 inches of front headroom, and 39.5 inches of rear headroom.

Improved Visibility for Tight Driving Maneuvers

Mazda CX-5 DrivingWhen reversing out of your driveway or navigating a crowded parking lot, it’s good to have a model that will provide a precise look at your surroundings.

One feature that separates the Mazda CX-5 from the Toyota RAV4 is the 360° View Monitor, which not only displays a full image of your SUV, but also shows you what’s immediately around your Mazda, too!

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MAZDA CX-5 Pulls Ahead of Toyota RAV4

Both are viable options for travel around Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, yet the Mazda CX-5 has a clear edge in space, power, and everyday usability over the Toyota RAV4. To see the Mazda SUV up close, consider stopping by Mazda of Gastonia!

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