Compare the Mazda CX-5 & Subaru Forester

If you've ever been to our dealership here in Moline, you know that there are a ton of options for our East Moline area customers to choose from for new and used cars and SUVs. The benefit of having so many options is that you'll never fear being stuck with minimal varieties of brands or body styles, but it can be tough to choose between a few good cars once you do.

The good news is that you've decided to consider the Mazda CX-5 and all that it offers your commute. Whether you're traveling with kids or taking charge of the carpool, this SUV manages to take on the responsibility of keeping your passengers engaged without letting boredom set in. With a significant set of features to entertain and comfort all who sit in its spacious cabin, the CX-5 stands out as a beacon of home in a tired segment. With so many options on the market for quality SUVs, it can be difficult to pick one, but we're ready to show you the ways the Mazda CX-5 compares to the Subaru Forester.

Both models give a lot to its drivers, but do both have the same features? Which one offers better fuel economy or cargo space? Read on to learn exactly how the Mazda CX-5 stands out above the Subaru Forester.


Features & Pricing

  • Drivers in Bettendorf will love how the CX-5 offers luxury features for a comparable price when pitted against the Forester, which is an economy brand.
  • The Mazda CX-5 offers rear reclining seats as a standard feature on the Sport AWD trim, while the base Subaru Forester won't provide this option.
  • Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are offered on the Mazda CX-5 Sport AWD trim, but the base trim of the Subaru Forester won't allow you to have that feature included.
  • The remote decklid and rear tailgate release is standard on the CX-5, but not on the Subaru Forester.
  • The CX-5 and Forester have interior dimensions that are similar, but the Mazda SUV provides more rear legroom and front hip room than the Subaru SUV.

Efficiency & Performance

  • The Mazda CX-5 offers you an engine option that features 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, while the Forester gives you one engine with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.
  • Not only does the Forester fail to offer an engine above 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, but it also falls short of the base CX-5 engine, which delivers 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque.
  • The CX-5 offers a unique Power Retention System, but it's only available on Mazda models, so the Subaru Forester won't offer this feature.
  • Not only do these models have comparable fuel economy ratings, but you can tow up to 2,000 pounds with the Mazda CX-5, while the Subaru Forester gives you just 1,500 pounds of towing.
  • Both models offer Davenport customers all-wheel drive as an option.

If you're interested in taking a test drive of the Mazda CX-5 to see how it compares to the Subaru Forester in handling and control, visit us from Rock Island, and you'll get a closer look at what this model has to offer. Stand out and make a great first impression as you take the day by the horns and give it all you've got in this luxurious SUV. Our financing team can even help you to select which new Mazda lease or loan terms suit your needs the best.

If you have questions, our team is prepared to be your guide and offer you the answers that help you to make an informed decision. We're here waiting for you, so don't hesitate to stop by and see what the Mazda CX-5 is all about.