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 Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 53.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39.6 38
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 53
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.6 103.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 57
Second Head Room (in)
39 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 56.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41 43
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 103.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 70.7
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 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 Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 71.9
Brakes
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
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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
Rear Tire Size
P225/55VR19 P225/55HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55VR19 P225/55HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3655 3653
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 7 18 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 7 18 X 7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 -
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 27
Transmission
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.62 4.11
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 -
Trans Type
6 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 2.35
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.80
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.66
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Mazda CX-5 Subaru Forester
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
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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