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2015 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2015 Toyota RAV4 Review

Comparison Review

Introduction
Both the Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota RAV4 compete for buyers looking for small crossover utility vehicles. The two vehicles carry different reputations into this comparison, with the Mazda being known for its fun-to-drive character, while the Toyota banks on its reputation for reliability.

Performance/Fuel Economy
The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the CX-5 makes 155-hp and 150 pounds-feet of torque which puts it at a deficit compared to the RAV4's sole engine: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 176-hp and 172 pounds-feet of torque. On the other hand, the CX-5's optional 2.5-liter four-bests that with 184-hp and 185 pounds-feet of torque. Fuel economy gives the CX-5 the nod though; its fuel economy figures with either engine best the RAV4's 26 combined mpg rating, with the CX-5 offering 29 combined mpg with its base engine and 27 combined mpg with the more powerful, optional engine. We give the edge to the CX-5 for its fuel economy win and tighter handling.

Interior
Both offer interior features like Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, a USB port, satellite radio, a navigation system, and connectivity with online-radio-streaming service Pandora. The RAV4 does offer Toyota's EnTune suite of apps, which includes Bing search, Facebook Places, and real-time traffic and weather information. This one swings the RAV4's direction; its technology is more intuitive and modern than the CX-5's system.

Comfort/Utility
The RAV4 offers more front legroom and a larger interior volume than the CX-5, but the CX-5 has more front and rear headroom and more rear legroom which means better comfort for back seat passengers. The RAV4 does have an advantage on cargo room, offering about nine cubic feet more of maximum cargo room and about four cubic feet more with the seats up.

Safety
The CX-5 scores five stars out of five overall in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash test, beating the RAV4 and its four-star score. The two vehicles offer similar standard and available safety features so the CX-5 gets an edge here.

Conclusion
If you put an emphasis on fuel economy or performance, we give the CX-5 the nod here. It's also slightly cheaper as well, starting $2,000 lower than the RAV4. But for interior refinement and more utility, you're better off with the RAV4.

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2015 Mazda
CX-5

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MSRP*: $21,545 - $29,220

2015 Toyota
RAV4

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MSRP*: $23,680 - $29,850
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 1.80%
City MPG: 24 - 26
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
22 - 24
Highway MPG: 30 - 35 29 - 31
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

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***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $20,939 - $28,387 $22,142 - $27,910

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