2017 Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4

2017 mazda cx-5 vs toyota rav4 shown next to one another with split screen in Barre VT

Perhaps nothing in the automotive world has exploded on to the market the way crossovers have in the last 15 years. These versatile, go-everywhere vehicles allow drivers to conquer a range of terrains in comfort with spacious interiors, ruggedized exterior elements and available AWD. As one of the first players in the game, the Toyota RAV4 set a standard for light off-roading in a unibody vehicle that handles like a car.

Arriving on the scene 5 years ago, the Mazda CX-5 has quickly grown to become one of America’s favorite vehicles in the compact crossover class. The combination of muscular performance and the luxurious exterior and interior styling has allowed the Mazda CX-5 to offer unrivaled elegance and sophistication in a class not famous for design subtlety. With the veteran RAV4 going up against the relatively-new Mazda CX-5, let’s look at how they measure up!

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD


2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum AWD

187-hp @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower 176-hp @ 6,000 rpm
$31,635 MSRP $37,145
19” Alloy Standard Wheels 18” Alloy
103.6 cubic-feet Passenger Volume 100.7 cubic-feet

2017 Mazda CX-5 Benefits

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 edges the 2017 Toyota RAV4 in almost every metric for which drivers choose a vehicle in the compact crossover class. The increased passenger volume (of almost 3 cubic-feet) is especially felt by the front head room, in which the Mazda CX-5 enjoys almost half an inch more than the RAV4.

Despite having a longer overall length, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 also falls over an inch short of the wheelbase on the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

Crossover SUVs are valued for their ability to gracefully glide over road hazards. Featuring a 7.6-inch ground clearance, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 does not disappoint. Drivers of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 may not feel as easy with a ground clearance of only 6.1-inches, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 actually rides lower than the 2017 Mazda 6 sedan. Yikes.

Families or individuals looking to tow will be delighted by the extra 500 lbs the 2017 Mazda CX-5 gives them over the 2017 Toyota RAV4. Nothing has to stay at home with the Mazda CX-5!

Infotainment abounds on each vehicle. Both feature proprietary software for infotainment purposes and a 7” touchscreen. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 enhances the user experience, however, by offering a tactile central control wheel that can also be used to control media and car settings. This is as much a safety feature as it is an entertainment feature, as it ensures attention is being placed on the road and not a screen.

Performance numbers speak for themselves. Both crossovers enjoy an EPA-estimated 29 combined MPG, but the 2017 Mazda CX-5 can get over 10 more horsepower out of its SKYACTIV®-G engine, providing better acceleration and safer passing.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is a luxurious and brilliantly-styled compact crossover. Test drive one today!

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