2016 Mazda CX-5 vs 2017 Subaru Forester

The crossover segment includes a wide selection of practical models that bridge the gap between SUV and sedan. Although they share quite a few of the same elements, each one offers its own unique set of features and capabilities to appeal to a variety of drivers. For instance, the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester have a number of notable similarities and differences that prospective drivers should be aware of.

In order to get a better idea of what to expect from the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and 2017 Subaru Forester in terms of performance, design, and technology, drivers can utilize the following comparison before getting behind the wheel and making a final buying decision.

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2016 Mazda CX-5 VS 2017 Subaru Forester
$21,795 Starting MSRP $22,595
34 highway, 26 city Fuel Economy (mpg) 28 highway, 22 city
39.3 inches Rear Seat Leg Room 38.0 inches
Standard Push Button Start Only available on higher trims

Comparing the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester

In terms of performance, the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester come standard with 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, respectively, as well as 6-speed manual transmission. Although the Forester offers slightly more engine power, the Mazda CX-5 is more efficient at EPA-estimated 34 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city. Both models are roughly the same size, offering comfortable space for five passengers and their cargo. However, the Mazda CX-5 excels in terms of rear seat leg room with slightly more than the Forester.

When it comes to technology, the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester offer a wide array of standard and available features aimed at improving convenience, safety, and entertainment. Both come standard with Bluetooth® compatibility, while push button start is standard in the Mazda CX-5 but only available on higher trims of the Forester. In the end, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 comes with a lower starting price than the 2017 Subaru Forester. Which crossover model is right for you?

If you are interested in getting behind the wheel of the Mazda CX-5 in Portsmouth, NH, we encourage you to take a look at our available inventory at Seacoast Mazda and schedule a test drive at your convenience.

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