2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Subaru Forester

Passenger side exterior view of a white 2018 Mazda CX-5 on the left "vs" front exterior view of a gold 2018 Subaru Forester on the right

It is easy to understand the attraction and the need for an accommodating crossover SUV because everyday life serves up a variety of challenges and the versatility of a crossover is the solution that you seek. What isn’t as easy to understand is which crossover SUV is right for you out of the countless options available. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Subaru Forester both provide their owners with eye-catching exterior appeal, efficient performance, and interior passenger and cargo flexibility but once you compare them side-by-side their differences start to show themselves. You can see all of the similarities and differences between the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Subaru Forester right here.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Subaru Forester

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.5L 4-Cylinder
187 HP/ 186 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 170 HP/ 174 LB-FT
SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Manual
25 MPG City/ 31 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 22 MPG City/ 28 MPG HWY

Compare the 2018 Mazda CX-5 & The 2018 Subaru Forester

As you can see from the handy chart above the standard drivetrain of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 outperforms the 2018 Subaru Forester in every category. All-Wheel Drive (AWD) does come standard on the 2018 Subaru Forester and is an option for all trim levels of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and when the 2018 CX-5 works with AWD it averages EPA fuel economy estimates of 24 MPG City/ 30 MPG HWY which is still better than the 2018 Forester’s efficiency. A 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder engine is an available option for the 2018 Subaru Forester while the 2018 Mazda CX-5 doesn’t offer an engine upgrade, however, it takes five trim levels to get to the Forester’s engine upgrade. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 only offers three trim levels so it is easier for you to get all of the specs and features that you use on a daily basis.

Both the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Subaru Forester have spacious seating for five people and while the base trim level of the 2018 Forester provides more passenger volume than the 2018 Mazda CX-5 does its top four trims do not. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 also provides owners with a 7” Color Touchscreen Display while the standard touchscreen of the 2018 Subaru Forester is only 6.2”. With a more powerful and efficient standard drivetrain as well as better standard interior features the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is the clear choice over the 2018 Subaru Forester. You can take the 2018 Mazda CX-5 for a test drive today at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN and experience all of its exciting specs and features.