Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

2020 MAZDA CX-5


2021 Subaru Forester
187 hp


182 hp
Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder

Base engine

2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder
i-Activ AWD®




2,000 pounds

Maximum towing capacity, base model

1,500 pounds

2020 MAZDA CX-5 vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

Finding a new SUV that can provide the high-powered, convenient drive you’re been searching for can be tough. That’s why at Auffenberg Mazda, we can help you compare SUVs like the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and 2021 Subaru Forester to help you decide on the one that’s right for your Fairview commutes. Compare the Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester today to learn more about each performance, interior, technology, and more!

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Forester: Performance

Performance is important in a new SUV on O'Fallon roads. Compare the Mazda SUV and Subaru SUV in terms of performance to see which can keep up with your adventures:

  • The new Mazda CX-5has a 187-hp Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that has a max towing capacity of 2,000 pounds on the base model.
  • The Subaru Forester offers a 182-hp 4-cylinder engine with a max towing capacity of up to 1,500 pounds.

The Mazda CX-5 offers more in addition to these specs. This includes a max towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, Mazda accessories for performance parts, and more! If you’d like to learn more about the Mazda CX-5 performance, contact our team!

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Forester: SUV Interior

Every driver wants their vehicle to be convenient and entertaining. This is why there are plenty of interior features you’ll find on the Mazda CX-5 that either aren’t available on the Subaru Forester or that come at an extra cost:

  • 7-inch touchscreen interface
  • Voice command with 4-speaker audio system
  • Automatic audio level control
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher internet radio integration
  • Mazda Connect™ Infotainment System

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Forester: Safety Features

Safety is a top priority when it comes to a new SUV. The Mazda CX-5 offers advanced safety innovations like Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert standard. Some of these can be found on the Forester, however, they will come at a higher cost. If you’re interested in learning more about all the Mazda CX-5 has to offer in terms of safety, get in touch with our team. We can help you decide on the model that’s right for you.

Find Your New Mazda SUV at Auffenberg Mazda

After you choose the model that you want to drive home in, check out our new vehicle specials for additional savings. Ready to get the process started? Apply for financing online! Still unsure about the Mazda CX-5? We can help you learn more about this model, compare the Mazda CX-5 vs. Nissan Rogue, or our other Mazda SUVs.

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