A compact SUV is a great option for drivers around Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers. That's because it offers a spacious cabin, long list of features, and a dependable performance.

Two compact SUVs to have on your radar are the 2019 Mazda CX-5 and 2019 Subaru Forester. Because both are impressive, you may be wondering which is better for your lifestyle.

We'll help you decide with this Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester comparison. Keep reading to see what each vehicle has to offer, and feel free to contact Ira Subaru if you have any questions.

 Mazda CX-5  Subaru Forester 
 39.7 inches of front headroom 41.2 inches of front headroom
 41 inches of front legroom 43.3 inches of front legroom
 30.9 cubic feet of cargo room 35.4 cubic feet of cargo room
 EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG
 

Passenger & Cargo Room

If you're looking for a spacious SUV, you'll find it with both the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2019 Mazda CX-5.

They each seat five people among two rows. With the Mazda CX-5, you get 39.7 inches of front headroom and 41 inches of front legroom.

However, with the Forester, you have 41.2 inches of front headroom and 43.3 inches of front legroom. So, if you and your front passenger are on the taller side, you'll appreciate the stretching room found inside the Subaru model.

There's lots more cargo room inside the Forester, too. Inside this SUV is 35.4 cubic feet behind the back row. To maximize cargo space, simply fold those rear seats down. You'll then have 76.1 cubic feet for all kinds of equipment.

Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 has 30.9 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats. Fold that row down, and you'll get just 59.6 cubic feet. As a result, you may not be able to load up everything you want inside the Mazda vehicle.

Features Inside the CX-5 vs Forester

Then there are lots of great features inside these SUVs that can help keep you comfortable and entertained.

For example, the 2019 Forester and 2019 CX-5 offer creature comforts like heated front and rear seats, along with a heated steering wheel. So, if it's a bit chilly out, these features let you warm up quickly with just the touch of a button.

Additionally, the Forester offers a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, while the CX-5 has an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat. As a result, you can find your ideal position behind the wheel quicker in the Subaru vs. the Mazda.

As far as technology goes, you'll find a SUBARU STARLINK™ 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus infotainment system in the Subaru. This standard feature comes with SiriusXM® All Access Satellite Radio, along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The first one offers over 150 music, news, and sports stations to listen to. The last ones allow you to access your mobile apps through the vehicle, so that you don't need to mess with your phone while driving.

The Mazda has all those infotainment features, too. Unfortunately, none of them come standard.

2019 CX-5 vs 2019 Forester: Performance Specs

Finally, the Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5 offer impressive performances. They each have lively acceleration, agile handling, and noteworthy fuel economy ratings.

The 2019 Forester comes standard with a 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it achieves an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG.* With these numbers, you can go on all kinds of adventures for hours on end.

This is especially true since the Subaru comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This system can redistribute torque among the front and rear wheels before wheel slip occurs. Overall, you get better traction and handling, along with a quicker response to road conditions-giving you great peace of mind on the road.

The 2019 CX-5, on the other hand, achieves an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG. While these ratings are close to the Forester, you'll notice a big difference through your daily commutes.

Plus, unlike the Subaru, the Mazda doesn't come standard in all-wheel drive.

Which Compact SUV Is Right for You?

When it comes to the Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester, it's the Forester that achieves higher rankings in every category we covered. If you need further confirmation, however, you can take the SUV for a spin.

Schedule a test drive at Ira Subaru, and experience the 2019 Forester for yourself near Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers today!


*EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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