2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Toyota RAV4 | Milwaukee

2020 CX-5 vs 2020 RAV4

Mazda has been on a roll lately. The company received its fifth consecutive US New and World Report “Best Car Brand” award in 2020. The CX-5 and CX-9 were on Car and Driver’s “10Best” list in 2019. The CX-5 returned to “10Best” list for 2020. Needless to say, Mazda is making a good product and people are taking notice.

Today we’ll compare the 2020 “10Best” winner, the 2020 Mazda CX-5, with the popular 2020 Toyota RAV4. Which one is better?

2020 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD


2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD

$28,230 MSRP $28,645
2.5L 4-cyl Engine 2.5L 4-cyl
187 hp / 186 lb-ft Horsepower / Torque 203 hp / 184 lb-ft
FWD or AWD Drivetrain FWD or AWD
6-speed shiftable auto Transmission 8-speed shiftable auto
24/30/26 Fuel Economy 27/33/29

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Superior Drivability

Mazda is known for its exceptionally drivable vehicles. We’re happy to say that the 2020 CX-5 definitely lives up to that reputation. Whether you have the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or the turbocharged version, the CX-5 will respond to your inputs quickly. It steering has a reassuring sense of weight, giving the driver much-needed tactile feedback when driving on demanding roads or in harsh conditions. The CX-5 has a quality that few automakers seem to think about nowadays: it’s fun to drive.

Refined Interior

The 2020 RAV4 isn’t cheap or tacky or poorly constructed. However, it can’t hold a candle to the CX-5. Even at lower trims, the 2020 CX-5 feels polished and streamlined. There are few buttons cluttering up the interior. Each one is discreet, but its purpose is immediately clear. Materials, even at the base trim level, feel luxurious despite retaining an affordable price point. Without exaggeration, the interior (especially at higher trims) feels like something you’d see in a German luxury vehicle, not a typical crossover SUV. But then again, the CX-5 is anything but typical.

The CX-5 needs to be experienced. Come test drive one at Hall Cars near Milwaukee.