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The 2016 Mazda CX-5 vs. the 2016 Subaru Forester near Sacramento, CA

Better Performance and Fuel Economy Make All the Difference in This Head-to-Head

Vying for the winning title in the small crossover SUV segment today are the 2016 Mazda CX-5 vs. the 2016 Subaru Forester near Sacramento, CA. With the Mazda CX-5 clocking in at a curb weight of 3,212 pounds and the Forester coming in at 3,296 pounds, the Forester comes in as the heavier competitor. The Mazda CX-5 has some tricks up its tailpipe that set it apart, though.

Both can take in 5 people and both passed their safety tests with flying colors, but their fuel economy and towing capabilities are markedly different. The Mazda CX-5 comes in two different engines option that yield great miles per gallon. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 150 lbs.-ft. of torque, gets an excellent 29 MPG combined1, breaking down to 25/35 city/hwy MPG1. The 2.5-liter engine also comes in at 29 MPG combined1, with a breakdown of 26/33 city/hwy MPG1. The Subaru Forester, even with the CVT that’s supposed to increase fuel economy, doesn’t touch those numbers. It only gets 23/28/25 city/hwy/combined MPG1. One point on the scoreboard for the Mazda CX-5.

Their towing abilities differ by nearly five hundred pounds, which is the second round in today’s head-to-head between the 2016 Mazda CX-5 vs. the 2016 Subaru Forester near Sacramento, CA. The Forester can only tow up to 1500 pounds2, whereas the Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds2, giving a lot more wiggle room for taking a small boat to go fishing with the family on the Sacramento River. Another point on the scoreboard for the Mazda CX-5.

The standard features on the automatic transmission versions of these vehicles differ, too. On the Mazda CX-5, the standard size screen is 7-inches, while the Forester only presents a 6.2-inch screen. Subaru’s Starlink3 technology interface isn’t as highly recommended as MAZDA CONNECTTM, a next generation infotainment4 system designed to keep the driver connected but their eyes in the road. It’s responsive and has cutting-edge voice command so you’re heard the first time. Third point on the scoreboard for the Mazda CX-5.

It’s almost unfair to compare the styling of the Mazda CX-5 to the Subaru Forester. Subaru aims for “simple”, but Mazda has an entirely different approach to creating a masterful vehicle, which is demonstrated excellently by their SKYACTIV® technology. Though it has little do with the aesthetic, it shows that Mazda isn’t content to stick to the past. With that in mind, they’ve made the Mazda CX-5 with stylish curves on the outside and a modern, functional, and attractive set-up inside the cabin. The materials are high quality and there are plenty of cubbies to store loose items.

That rounds out today’s head-to-head between the 2016 Mazda CX-5 vs. the 2016 Subaru Forester near Sacramento, CA, with the Mazda CX-5 taking home the gold. Stop in to Mazda of Elk Grove and take a look at this winner for yourself!  


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1. EPA-estimated. Actual mileage may vary. 

2. Always secure cargo and check Owner's Manual for further information on towing. 

3. Activation and require subscription sold separately. includes on year trial subscription. See your retailer for details. 

4. Don’t drive while distracted. Even with voice commands, only use MAZDA CONNECT™/other devices when safe. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Message and data rates may apply.

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