Compare 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Subaru Forester
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Grand Touring AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-5 Grand Touring AWD 24 30 $29,752 $30,945
CX-5 Grand Touring FWD 25 31 $28,503 $29,645
CX-5 Sport AWD 24 30 $24,985 $25,450
CX-5 Sport FWD 25 31 $23,710 $24,150
CX-5 Touring AWD 24 30 $26,734 $27,515
CX-5 Touring FWD 25 31 $25,472 $26,215
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2.0XT Premium CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 2.0XT Premium CVT 23 27 $27,607 $29,495
Forester 2.0XT Touring CVT 23 27 $33,675 $36,090
Forester 2.5i CVT 26 32 $22,455 $23,795
Forester 2.5i Limited CVT 26 32 $27,505 $29,395
Forester 2.5i Manual 22 28 $21,547 $22,795
Forester 2.5i Premium Black Edition CVT 26 32 $25,634 $27,345
Forester 2.5i Premium Black Edition w/EyeSight CVT 26 32 $26,657 $28,540
Forester 2.5i Premium CVT 26 32 $24,649 $26,195
Forester 2.5i Premium Manual 22 28 $24,215 $25,695
Forester 2.5i Touring CVT 26 32 $30,887 $33,090

Pricing

Invoice Price

$29,752
$27,607

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$30,945
$29,495

Monthly Payment Estimate

$516 / month
$492 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.5
6.7

TCC’s Bottom Line

As long as cargo space isn’t your main reason for buying a compact crossover, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent, fun-to-drive choice. The 2018 Subaru Forester continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.

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Fuel Economy

City

24 mpg 23 mpg

Highway

30 mpg 27 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

103.6 103.3

Second Hip Room (in)

55.3 53

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.1 57

Second Head Room (in)

39 37.5

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.8 56.5

Front Leg Room (in)

41 43

Front Hip Room (in)

55.2 53.9

Second Leg Room (in)

39.6 38

Front Head Room (in)

39.3 40

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.8 60.9

Liftover Height (in)

29.4 28.6

Min Ground Clearance (in)

7.6 8.7

Length, Overall (in)

179.1 181.5

Height, Overall (in)

65.3 68.2

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.8 61.1

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 103.9

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.5 70.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

30.9 31.5

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

41.3 42.2

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

30.9 31.5

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

57 45.9

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

32.4 31.9

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

59.6 68.5

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

38 37.1

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- 71.9

Brakes

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)

11.9 10.9

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.7 12.4

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.3 15.9

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36 34.8

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Front Tire Size

P225/55VR19 P225/55HR18

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/55VR19 P225/55HR18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 1500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 1500

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

2000 1500

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 150

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 150

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3655 3653

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

19 X 7 18 X 7

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

19 X 7 18 X 7

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

100 -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

186 @ 4000 258 @ 2000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.5 L/152 2.0 L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

187 @ 6000 250 @ 5600

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

30 27

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

24 23

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.62 4.11

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 -

Trans Type

6 8

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.71 -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.89 2.35

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.02 -

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 -

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.60 -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.55 3.50 - 0.98

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.66

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.80

Summary

Vehicle Name

Mazda CX-5 Subaru Forester

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.7 7.0

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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