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2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Subaru Forester

Crossover SUVs are all the rage in today’s automotive marketplace, and it is easy to understand why. Such vehicles offer the kind of capacities and capabilities you’ve come to expect from classic SUVs while also giving you a lot of the efficiency and maneuverability of sedans or coupes. Mazda has several entries into this marketplace, and among the most popular is the sleek and stylish Mazda CX-5. With a confident and aggressive façade complemented by strong lines and angles throughout, the CX-5 has been wowing drivers for years now, and it continues to push forward with each model year. With that said, it’s not without its competition, including from another popular brand—Subaru. Let’s take a look at a comparison of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs the 2020 Subaru Forester. 

We tip our hat to Subaru for providing such a strong offering as the Forester, and we want to break down some of the important specifications of each in a table below. 

2020 Mazda CX-5


2020 Subaru Forester

$25,190* Base MSRP $24,495
5 (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Signature) Available Trims 5 (Forester, Forester Premium, Forester Sport, Forester Limited, Forester Touring)
187 HP, 227 HP (250 HP with 93 Octane Premium Unleaded Fuel) Horsepower (Base, Maximum) 182 HP
25 City / 31 Hwy MPG Maximum Fuel Economy 26 City / 33 Hwy MPG
5 Seating Capacity 5
SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Manual Shift and Sport Mode Base Transmission Lineartronic® CVT (Continually Variable Transmission)
30.9 Cubic Feet Behind Second Row, 59.6 Cubic Feet Behind Second Row (All Trims) Cargo Capacity 31.1 Cubic Feet Behind Second Row, 76.1 Cubic Feet Maximum (Base Trim); 28.9 Cubic Feet Behind Second Row, 70.9 Cubic Feet Maximum (Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring Trims)
2,000 Pounds Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 Pounds
179.1 Inches (14.93 Feet) Overall Length 182.1 Inches (15.18 Feet)


Test drive a 2020 Mazda CX-5 at John Hine Temecula Mazda

Ultimately, it is going to boil down to what you want from your crossover. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 offers more horsepower and towing capacity, so if you anticipate hauling a trailer with your motorbikes up to your favorite weekend getaway on the trails, the CX-5 has a leg up. The vehicles both have comparable EPA-estimated fuel economies, so you can expect to get a lot of bang for your fuel buck.  

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 offers a great deal of innovative technology that is focused on your safety, convenience, and entertainment to make each drive special. Starting in the Touring trim, you’ll have access to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® functionality to synchronize your compatible smartphone to the vehicle. Starting with the Grand Touring trim, you can enjoy the rear power liftgate which even allows for programmable height adjustment. Other convenience features include the standard remote keyless entry system and remote start. Standard safety features throughout the 2020 Mazda CX-5 lineup include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, and the Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-keep Assist.  

This is just a taste of what the 2020 Mazda CX-5 has to offer. If you are in the Temecula area and want to see this beautiful vehicle for yourself, please contact us today. 

*MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees and $1,100 destination charge (Alaska $1,145). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.

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2020 Mazda CX-5 interior front area
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