2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Subaru Forester

red 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs tan 2018 Subaru Forester

Compact crossovers are great for drivers who desire comfortable space and practical utility but also want an efficient vehicle that doesn't break the bank. If you are on the lookout for a reliable, well-equipped crossover, then chances are you're considering the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester. Each of these models has a lot to offer the modern driver.

To get a better idea of how the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and 2018 Subaru Forester stack up against one another, feel free to check out this detailed comparison. Then, you can get behind the wheel and decide, once and for all, which crossover is better suited for you.

2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport


2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i

187-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder Base Engine 170-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder
28 mpg Combined Fuel Economy 24 mpg
2,000 lbs. Standard Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs.
Standard Blind Spot Monitoring Only available on higher trims

Under the hood, although both the Mazda CX-5 and Forester come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Mazda CX-5 offers more power and is able to achieve better combined fuel economy than the Forester. The Mazda crossover is equipped with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the Subaru variation comes with all-wheel drive as well as either a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. That being said, the Mazda CX-5 has a larger towing capacity than the Forester. Both vehicles provide comfortable seating space for five passengers and have standard Bluetooth® compatibility. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 comes with LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, and more rear seat leg and hip room than the Subaru Forester. Which compact crossover is right for you?

Test Drive the 2018 Mazda CX-5 in Dayton, OH

In addition to the impressive elements mentioned here, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has so much more to offer. Drivers can choose from three different Mazda CX-5 trims—Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Each one has its own unique set of features and capabilities, allowing shoppers to choose the model that is best for them and their lifestyle.

When you are ready to get up close and personal with the 2018 Mazda CX-5 in Dayton, OH, we invite you to schedule a test drive with our team at Matt Castrucci Mazda.