Compact crossover SUVs are burgeoning in popularity in the United States these days, as American consumers are attracted to their blend of sedan-like handling and SUV utility and spaciousness. A model that perfectly meets this demand is the Mazda CX-5. See how it favorably stacks up against the competition in this 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4 comparison.
On the performance front, the Mazda CX-5 easily outmuscles the Toyota RAV4. It comes equipped with the technologically-sophisticated 2.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV®-G engine, which delivers 187 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the RAV4 only manages 172 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The Mazda CX-5 also gets better fuel economy, with estimated efficiency ratings of 25 city/31 hwy mpg, compared to 23 city/30 hwy mpg for the RAV4. Performance for the Mazda CX-5 is further aided by its smooth-shifting SKYACTIV®-DRIVE 6-speed automatic transmission, as well as the G-Vectoring Control system, which enhances handling around curves and corners.
|2018 Mazda CX-5||VS||2018 Toyota RAV4|
|187 lb-ft||Torque||176 lb-ft|
|25/31||Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)||23/30|
|Standard||Smart City Brake Support||No|
If you place a premium on a vehicle's safety, the Mazda CX-5 is the better choice, especially with its wide array of advanced safety features. All Mazda CX-5 models come standard with Smart City Brake Support, which automatically applies the brakes when facing a potential collision at low speeds. The Mazda CX-5 also comes standard with the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert system. Additionally, for the Mazda CX-5 Touring and above grades, you'll get the entire suite of i-ACTIVSENSE® suite of driver assistance technologies, including Smart Brake Support, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Control.
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