Compare 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Toyota RAV4
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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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Adventure AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RAV4 Adventure AWD 22 28 $26,781 $28,650
RAV4 Adventure FWD 23 30 $26,126 $27,950
RAV4 Hybrid LE AWD 34 30 $25,743 $27,385
RAV4 Hybrid Limited AWD 34 30 $32,223 $34,280
RAV4 Hybrid SE AWD 34 30 $30,489 $32,435
RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD 34 30 $27,523 $29,280
RAV4 LE AWD 22 28 $24,366 $26,060
RAV4 LE FWD 23 30 $23,057 $24,660
RAV4 Limited AWD 22 28 $30,439 $32,555
RAV4 Limited FWD 23 29 $29,130 $31,155
RAV4 Platinum AWD 22 28 $34,033 $36,400
RAV4 Platinum FWD 23 29 $32,724 $35,000
RAV4 SE AWD 22 28 $28,461 $30,440
RAV4 SE FWD 23 29 $27,152 $29,040
RAV4 XLE AWD 22 28 $25,386 $27,150
RAV4 XLE FWD 23 30 $24,077 $25,750

Pricing

Invoice Price

$29,752
$26,781

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$30,945
$28,650

Monthly Payment Estimate

$516 / month
$478 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.5
7.0

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 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.

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Fuel Economy

City

24 mpg 22 mpg

Highway

30 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

55.3 48.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

103.6 100.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.1 57.3

Second Head Room (in)

39 38.9

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.8 55.4

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Leg Room (in)

41 42.6

Front Hip Room (in)

55.2 54.3

Second Leg Room (in)

39.6 37.2

Front Head Room (in)

39.3 38.9

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.8 61.4

Liftover Height (in)

29.4 -

Min Ground Clearance (in)

7.6 6.5

Length, Overall (in)

179.1 181.1

Height, Overall (in)

65.3 67.1

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.8 61.4

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 104.7

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.5 72.6

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

30.9 38.4

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

41.3 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

30.9 38.4

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

57 -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

32.4 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

59.6 73.4

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

38 -

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 11.2

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 11.7

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.3 15.9

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36 36.7

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Front Tire Size

P225/55VR19 P235/55HR18

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/55VR19 P235/55HR18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 3500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 3500

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

2000 3500

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 350

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 350

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3655 3605

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

19 X 7 18 X 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

19 X 7 18 X 7.5

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

100 -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- 550

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

186 @ 4000 172 @ 4100

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

187 @ 6000 176 @ 6000

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

30 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

24 22

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.62 4.07

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 1.42

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.71 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.89 4.15

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.02 1.90

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.60 0.61

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.55 3.30

Summary

Vehicle Name

Mazda CX-5 Toyota RAV4

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 7.1

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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