Compare 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Subaru Forester

2020 Mazda CX-5
2021 Subaru Forester
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Grand Touring AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-5 Grand Touring AWD 24 30 $30,477 $31,710
CX-5 Grand Touring FWD 25 31 $29,133 $30,310
CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve AWD 22 27 $33,767 $35,135
CX-5 Signature AWD 22 27 $35,708 $37,155
CX-5 Sport AWD 24 30 $26,092 $26,590
CX-5 Sport FWD 25 31 $24,719 $25,190
CX-5 Touring AWD 24 30 $27,416 $28,230
CX-5 Touring FWD 25 31 $26,057 $26,830
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CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester CVT 26 33 $23,375 $24,795
Forester Limited CVT 26 33 $29,337 $31,395
Forester Premium CVT 26 33 $26,120 $27,795
Forester Sport CVT 26 33 $27,591 $29,395
Forester Touring CVT 26 33 $32,541 $34,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,477
$23,375
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,710
$24,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$529 / month
$413 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Mazda CX-5 trades family-ready space for fine handling and good power. A recent Best Car To Buy winner, the 2021 Subaru Forester notches big wins in utility and safety as one of our most recommended crossover SUVs.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 53.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.6 111.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 58.2
Second Head Room (in)
39 39.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 57.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41 43.3
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
39.6 39.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 41.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 61.6
Liftover Height (in)
32.4 28.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.5 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
179.1 182.1
Height, Overall (in)
65.3 67.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.2 105.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 71.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
30.9 31.1
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.3 43.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
30.9 31.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
57 51.2
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.4 34.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
59.6 74.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
38 35.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 70.3
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 11.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.3 16.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 35.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/55VR19 P225/60HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55VR19 P225/60HR17
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)
3679 3449
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 7 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 7 17 X 7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
186 @ 4000 176 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
187 @ 6000 182 @ 5800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 (Est) 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 (Est) 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 (Est) 26
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.62 3.70
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 -
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.69
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 3.60 - 0.75
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.56
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda CX-5 Subaru Forester
Body Style
i-ACTIV AWD 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 (Est) 6.1
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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2020 Mazda CX-5
  • 2021 CX-5 in good supply; 2020s almost gone
  • $1,500 factory rebate on 2020s
  • Lease from $229 for 36 months
  • Get 0% APR for 60 months + $1,000 bonus on 2020s
2021 Subaru Forester
  • 2021 Forester selection robust
  • Lease: From $239 for 36 months
  • Rebates: No factory rebate; dealer discounting possible
  • Finance: From 0.9% APR for 48 months
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