Compare 2013 Subaru Forester vs 2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Subaru Forester
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4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $20,166 $21,295
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $20,166 $21,295
4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $21,256 $22,495
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $21,256 $22,495
4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,870 $24,295
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,870 $24,295
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $23,362 $24,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $23,362 $24,795
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $25,306 $26,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Limited 21 27 $25,306 $26,995
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,591 $27,295
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,586 $28,395
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,586 $28,395
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $28,084 $29,995
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FWD 4-Door Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Manual Sport 26 35 $20,396 $20,995
FWD 4-Door Automatic Sport 26 32 $21,754 $22,395
AWD 4-Door Automatic Sport 25 31 $22,967 $23,645
FWD 4-Door Automatic Touring 26 32 $23,501 $24,195
AWD 4-Door Automatic Touring 25 31 $24,714 $25,445
FWD 4-Door Automatic Grand Touring 26 32 $26,557 $27,345
AWD 4-Door Automatic Grand Touring 25 31 $27,771 $28,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,166
$20,396
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,295
$20,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$355 / month
$350 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The rugged 2013 Subaru Forester handles well and copes confidently with any weather and road surface--and the XT turbo models are sporty--but its economy-car interior and sluggish automatic remain drawbacks. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an attractive and modern crossover with great handling and surprising space, but sluggish acceleration.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.000 39.300
Front Head Room (in)
41.600 40.100
Second Hip Room (in)
52.700 53.700
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.100 57.500
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.600 103.800
Second Head Room (in)
40.400 39.000
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.600 55.500
Front Leg Room (in)
43.100 41.000
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.900 55.200
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
34.600 32.600
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.100 72.400
Track Width, Front (in)
60.200 62.400
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.700 8.500
Length, Overall (in)
179.500 179.300
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.600 44.400
Height, Overall (in)
65.900 67.300
Liftover Height (in)
27.400 29.200
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.200 62.500
Wheelbase (in)
103.000 106.300
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 57.100
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
33.900 34.600
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
61.800 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
68.300 65.400
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.200 41.300
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.500 38.700
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
33.500 34.100
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.700 x - TBD - 11.700 x 1.100
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.300 x - TBD - 11.900 x 0.400
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.900 14.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.200 2.700
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A 38.400
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.500 15.500
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.400 36.700
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P225/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P225/65R17
Spare Tire Size
T155/70D17 T145/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
360 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3208
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
174 @ 4100 150 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5800 155 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 26
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.088 1.029
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.680
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.454 3.700
Clutch Size (in)
N/A NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.448 1.300
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.780 0.837
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.333 3.724
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.062 1.947
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.111 4.705
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester Mazda CX-5
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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