The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is an extremely attractive and very comfortable compact crossover SUV with an exceptional turbocharged engine and nicely tuned steering, which together makes it a very tempting package. The compact crossover segment is fiercely competitive though, so let's see why a dealership like this Tempe area Mazda dealer CardinaleWay Mazda will tell you the CX-5 is a better buy than the 2019 Toyota RAV4.
Both models feature a standard 2.5-liter inline-four engine under the hood, but the CX-5's base unit produces more torque. If you want a more powerful gas engine for the RAV4 you’re out of luck, as the only alternative is a hybrid, which is a little more powerful than the gasoline engine. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 does offer an alternative, and the 2.5-liter turbo-four has the most power on offer here, as it puts out an impressive 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which the RAV4 just can’t beat.
If you’re looking to save some money, you’ll prefer the 2019 Mazda CX-5 to the 2019 Toyota RAV4. The CX-5 has a lower starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail price (MSRP) than the RAV4. The base RAV4 LE trim has an MSRP of $25,650. Compare this with the starting MSRP for the Mazda CX-5 Sport and you’ll see why smart crossover buyers will choose the CX-5. Or course, buyers won’t actually pay the MSRP at dealerships like the aforementioned Tempe area Mazda dealership. We use the figure as a way to compare the two models.
Toyota has made big strides when it comes to improving the exterior styling of the RAV4, and it's better than the other big name in this segment, the Honda CR-V. However, the CX-5 isn’t just the most attractive crossover in the compact segment; it could make a case for being the most attractive crossover in any segment of the market, including luxury models. The CX-5 is modern, stylish and simply beautiful, without being polarizing.
Both models seat five passengers, but if five people sit in the CX-5 they'll have a bit more room to stretch out than they would in the RAV4. The Mazda CX-5 has a total passenger volume of 103.6 cu-ft, but there's only 98.9 cu-ft in the RAV4. This translates to 39.6 inches of legroom in the front of the CX-5, but only 37.8 inches of rear legroom in the RAV4.
Although the RAV4 comes with an impressive list of safety features and equipment, it's hard to ignore the ratings of the two main crash testing agencies, and they make the Mazda CX-5 the clear winner here. Both models get a full five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA, but while the RAV4 fails to gain a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, the CX-5 has earned the agency's coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating.
In the End
Although the Toyota RAV4 has been one of the best-selling SUVs in the world for years, it doesn’t have things easy anymore. Several rivals are snapping at its heels these days, but the 2019 Mazda CX-5 has now surpassed it.