2019 mazda cx-5 red exterior

2020 Mazda CX-5*

2019 subaru forester white exterior

2020 Subaru Forester*

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder
187 hp


182 hp


3,500 pounds

Max. Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds

Seating Capacity


Charlotte drivers in search for a family SUV that can handle rugged adventuring and towing needs look toward the engineering prowess of Mazda and the off-road reputation of Subaru for their needs. Recently, the Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester comparisons have made drivers wonder why the more powerful and capable 2020 Mazda CX-5 for sale finds itself matched up so frequently with the new Subaru Forester, albeit a functional vehicle in its own right.

Nevertheless, there are some noteworthy comparable aspects to consider when selecting between the Mazda CX-5 or Subaru Forester. With an MSRP* of $24,495, the Forester has a slight edge on the CX-5, which starts at $25,090, although for drivers looking for the ideal crossover for their budget, this difference is negligible. When you factor in the extra performance and interior features, however, it’s clear that the Mazda CX-5 outpaces the Subaru Forester. Discover how these two SUVs truly stack up below as our Keffer Mazda experts explore the full specs and options below.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester: Performance

With both models offering all-wheel drive, either the Forester or Mazda CX-5 will help you grip the roads, and off-roads, with confidence, even when towing. However, when you plan to adventure with your new SUV around Mooresville, it’s the Mazda CX-5 that has the power and capability you need:

  • 2020 MAZDA CX-5: 187-hp Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, 2,000- to 3,500-pound towing capacity
  • 2020 Subaru Forester: 182-hp 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine, 1,500 pounds towing capacity

At higher 2020 Mazda CX-5 trims, drivers also have access to a roaring 250-hp, Skyactiv®4-G 2.5T 4-cylinder engine with Dynamic Pressure Turbo. With the Subaru Forester, Mooresville drivers are left with only the standard engine option.

MAZDA CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester: Safety and Premium Features

All that power and performance would be next to worthless without the exceptional safety and tech features these crossovers offer. The Mazda CX-5 interior comfort and innovative safety technology here outperforms the Forester, which does not have standard Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support, nor new Hill Launch Assist, unlike the CX-5. Your Mazda CX-5 for sale also has the following features to upgrade your commutes:

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

Build your Mazda CX-5 today and explore the leasing specials that bring its affordable quality to an even more approachable price point, then take a test drive at our Huntersville to experience its singular value for yourself.

Discover the Family Crossover You Deserve at Keffer Mazda!

Whether you’re set on the exceptional Mazda CX-5, or one of our other capable SUVs, like its high-capacity, full-size sibling, the Mazda 2020 CX-9, our Huntersville new inventory has a selection that’s certain to meet your high expectations. Contact us today at Keffer Mazda to find the new vehicle specials that fit your needs or to compare other models like the Mazda CX-5 vs. Mazda CX-30!

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Phone: (704) 464-0105

13307 Statesville Rd Huntersville, NC


Phone: (704) 464-0105

13307 Statesville Rd Huntersville, NC


Phone: (704) 464-0105

13307 Statesville Rd Huntersville, NC
35.3999831 -80.8518263
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