2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Toyota Rav4

Figuring out which current crossover SUV is right for you is like trying to decide which color M&M tastes the best. It feels like they are all so similar that choosing one out of the crowd should be easy, but once you begin to browse crossover SUVs you quickly learn that they are similar on the outside but can be quite different under the hood and inside the cabin. Two of the most complete crossover SUVs on the market today are the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Toyota Rav4. They both provide efficient and powerful engines along with flexible interior passenger and cargo space. Deciding between these two vehicles isn’t easy and that is why we have dug deep into their differences to help you make an informed decision.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Toyota Rav4

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.5L 4-Cylinder
187 HP/ 186 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 176 HP/ 172 LB-FT
SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
25 MPG City/ 31 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 23 MPG City/ 30 MPG HWY
*EPA estimates of the Base Trim level with Standard Equipment.

What are the Similarities & Differences Between the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Rav4?

As you can see from the chart above the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has a more powerful and economical standard drivetrain. Both the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Toyota Rav4 offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD) across all of their trim levels and 2018 CX-5 also gets better EPA estimated fuel efficiency in AWD than the 2018 Toyota Rav4 too. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 also has 2.000 pounds of standard towing ability while the 2018 Rav4’s is only 1,500 pounds.

On the interior of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Toyota Rav4, you will find seating for five people, but the 2018 CX-5 provides more rear seat passenger legroom, hip room, and headroom than the 2018 Rav4 does. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 also comes standard with a 7” Color Touchscreen Display with Bluetooth Connectivity, the 2018 Toyota Rav4 does come with standard Bluetooth Connectivity but its touchscreen display is only 6.1”. With a more powerful and economical engine, more interior space, and better standard interior amenities, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is the clear winner over the 2018 Toyota Rav4. You can experience everything that the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has to offer when you take it for a test drive today at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN.