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2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Subaru Forester Review

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2021 Mazda
CX-5

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2021 Subaru
Forester

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MSRP*
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$25,370 to $37,505
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$24,795 to $34,895
Invoice* $24,896 to $36,044 $23,375 to $32,541
MPG - City 22 - 25 26
MPG - Hwy 27 - 31 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Mazda CX-5 offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Subaru Forester. The Subaru Forester will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
The Subaru Forester requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda CX-5, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Mazda CX-5 is somewhat more expensive than the Subaru Forester. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Mazda CX-5 is much higher than that for the Subaru Forester.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-5 is a little wider than the Subaru Forester, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Mazda CX-5 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru Forester.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-5 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Subaru Forester.

Handling
The Mazda CX-5 has the same turning radius as the Subaru Forester, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 is clearly the choice over the Subaru Forester for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru Forester.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru Forester. The Mazda CX-5 has less cargo space than the Subaru Forester, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Mazda CX-5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Forester.