2020 Mazda CX-5 Comparison Image

2020 MAZDA CX-5

2020 Subaru Forrester Comparison Image

2020 Subaru Forester

2020 MAZDA CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 MAZDA CX-5


2020 Subaru Forester
187 hp


182 hp
i-Activ AWD®




Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder

Base engine

2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder
2,000 pounds

Maximum towing capacity, base model

1,500 pounds

When comparing the 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester, it’s easy to see which pulls ahead of the competition. It’s worth looking into what each model has to offer with our compact SUV guide at Medlin Mazda to see which can check off every must-have on your list. Compare the performance, technology, and more of these compact SUV models today to make your choice easier.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Forester: Performance

When it comes to performance, each model offers a powerful engine. However, it’s the Mazda SUV that offers a bit more power for those Raleigh commutes. Taking a closer look at these performance specs shows:

  • The new Mazda CX-5 has 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.

In addition to these specs, the Mazda CX-5 offers additional power upgrades to achieve a max towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. If you have any questions about this model or its capacities, please contact our team at Medlin Mazda.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Forester: SUV Interior

Interior features are important when it comes to buying a new SUV. The Mazda CX-5 interior offers new innovative features that you either won’t find on the Forester or that come at an extra cost. These include:

  • 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

Every driver wants a safer commute. Mazda models, such as the Mazda CX-5 offer, advanced safety technology, including features 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. Learn more about the trim levels that offer these features before making your decision to ensure you get the added peace of mind you’re looking for.

Find Your New Mazda SUV at Medlin Mazda

Once you’ve made your choice, browse the Mazda CX-5 inventory at Medlin Mazda. We have plenty of options in stock so you can find the model that’s right for you and your driving needs. We also offer new vehicle specials and Mazda SUV lease deals for additional savings. Contact our team today with any questions, to learn more about the Mazda CX-5 towing capacity, or to get the process started.

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