2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Subaru Forester | Milwaukee

2020 CX-5 vs 2020 Forester

The Crossover/SUV market is a competitive one. With every automaker making at least three or four different options, there’s well over 100 vehicles to choose from. We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lot of time and effort to figure out which is worth your time. Let us help.

Here’s our comparison of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD and the 2020 Subaru Forester Sport AWD. Take a look below to see which one provides more bang for your buck.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD


2020 Subaru Forester Sport AWD

$28,230 MSRP $28,995
2.5L 4-cyl Engine 2.5L 4-cyl
187 hp / 186 lb-ft Horsepower / Torque 182 hp / 176 lb-ft
6-speed auto Transmission CVT
AWD Drivetrain AWD
24/30/26 Fuel Economy 26/33/29

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Superior Performance

The 2020 Forester is stuck with a sluggish 2.5-liter flat-four and an unresponsive CVT on every trim, all without a huge boost to fuel economy over the CX-5. The standard 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder on the 2020 Mazda CX-5 is the exact opposite, delivering its power and torque efficiently to the pavement. This is also helped by the refined six speed automatic found in every CX-5. The CX-5 also has a turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G available on its upper trims. That engine produces 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers demolish anything that the 2020 Forester can do. If you’re looking for an engaging driving experience, then the 2020 CX-5 is the clear winner.

High-Quality Interior

We’ll give the Forester the credit it’s due: the interior is practical. However, it’s incredibly drab and is nearly indistinguishable from the RAV4s and CR-Vs of the world. The 2020 CX-5 interior feels like a luxury vehicle without sacrificing practicality, thanks to its KODO-inspired design philosophy. Controls are streamlined and intuitive, adding to the minimalist feel. The CX-5 interior at low trims feels like the top-tier trims of other vehicles (like the Forester). When you climb to the top trim for the CX-5, though, it’s not even close. Genuine European Nappa leather upholstery and real wood accents throughout the cabin elevate the CX-5 to something akin to a classic luxury car.

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