2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV
2018 Subaru Forester SUV
  Mazda CX-5 (Sport)
 Subaru Forester (2.5i)
 Starting MSRP
$24,985 (AT) $23,710 (CVT)
 City/HWY Fuel Economy
 24/31 22/28
 All-Wheel Drive
 Available (+$1,300)
 Passenger Space (cu. ft.)
 103.6 108.3
* AT = Automatic Transmission, CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission

*While the base CX-5 has a better fuel mileage estimate, it does not come standard with AWD, which affects MPG estimates. In our opinion, we'd rather have the peace of mind of all-wheel drive with the weather we experience here in the Salt Lake area. After all, mpg hardly matters if you can't reach your destination safely to begin with!

Forester versus CX-5

Crossover are extremely popular across the United States, and even more so here in the greater Salt Lake City area. From Murray to Provo, we have a wealth of opportunities to enjoy all that Utah has to offer, and a crossover makes a great deal of sense in getting from point A to point B -- whether on-road or off. So, how does the Subaru Forester compare to its Mazda competitor? Read on.

Subaru Forester SUV Driving


The CX-5 does deliver more power in terms of horsepower and torque than the Forester offers, but it's also important to note that the Forester, even though it has a lower MSRP than the CX-5, comes with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. You'll need to pay an additional $1,300 in order to equip the Mazda with the assurance of all-wheel drive -- which is almost essential given our adventurous weather.


Both crossovers include standard wireless cell phone hookup, hands-free communication systems,  trip computer, power steering, power windows, AM/FM stereo, auxiliary audio input, MP3 player and anti-theft system. The Forester, however, also includes standard variable speed intermittent wipers, auto-off headlights, cruise control, a CD player and an alarm; these features either cost extra on the CX-5 or aren't available at all.

Subaru Forester SUV Interior
Family loading cargo into a Subaru Forester


Both the Forester and the CX-5 both come with standard anti-lock brakes, brake assist, daytime running lights, traction control, electronic stability control, back-up camera and a tire-pressure monitoring system, as well as dual front air bags, side air bags and a rear head air bag. The CX-5 received a 4-Star Overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is good but does not measure up to the 5-Star Overall rating the Forester earned.

The real safety difference comes down to the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that's standard issue in the Forester. This system delivers optimal balance and traction, sending power to the wheels that have traction. This provides excellent grip when you're driving through rain or snow or attacking rough terrain, so you'll enjoy a dependably solid connection to the road (or dirt, or rock).

Click here to view our Salt Lake City Subaru Forester selection!

Treat Yourself to a 2018 Forester Test Drive

The only way you'll ever truly know that a crossover is the right one for you and your family is to take it out for a test drive. We invite you to visit our Sandy showroom at your convenience and experience the Forester for yourself.

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