2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

The Mazda CX-5 is more impressive than ever before after last year's redesign, which included a nicer cabin, more comfortable ride quality, and new standard features, making it our top in the midsize crossover SUV class. The refined interior sets it apart from even more expensive competitors, but what features and specifications set it apart from the rest of its highly competitive class?

We're digging deep to find out, pitting the 2018 Mazda CX-5 head-to-head against a vehicle that has the exact same starting cost and similar features: the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Keep reading for a detailed comparison between the two midsize crossover SUVs!

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Toyota RAV4

2.5L I4: 187 hp; 186 lb.-ft. Base Engine Specifications 2.5L 14: 176 hp; 172 lb.-ft.
25/31/28 MPG city/highway/combined EPA Mileage Estimates 23/29/25 MPG city/highway/combined
103.6 cu. ft. Maximum Passenger Volume 101.9 cu. ft.
2,000 pounds Towing Capacity 1,500 pounds

Test drive the Mazda CX-5 in Dayton OH

Although the starting MSRP for both the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and 2018 Toyota RAV4 is exactly the same, the 2018 RAV4 has a less powerful standard engine, a lower EPA-estimated fuel economy rating, less passenger room, and a lower towing capacity. Looking for even more ways the 2018 Mazda CX-5 outperforms the 2018 RAV4? On the interior, the 2018 RAV4 is missing a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, all of which come standard on the 2018 Mazda CX-5. Outside, the 2018 RAV4 doesn't offer signaling exterior mirrors and alloy wheels, both of which are standard features for all trims in the 2018 Mazda CX-5's lineup.

Midsize crossover SUV shoppers looking for additional information about the 2018 Mazda CX-5 are encouraged to contact a member of our team here at Matt Castrucci Mazda or stop right in and see us at our location in Dayton! Drivers ready to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and experience everything the vehicle has to offer firsthand are invited to schedule an obligation-free test drive on our website today!