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2023 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Review

Picture of the 2023 Mazda CX-5

2023 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $26,700 to $39,650
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Picture of the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek

2023 Subaru
Crosstrek

MSRP*: $23,645 to $29,495
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MPG - City 22 - 24 MPG 22 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 27 - 30 MPG 29 - 34 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 59.3 ft3 55.3 ft3
Engine
  • 187-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 152-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 182-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T Continuously Variable, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 187 - 227 hp 152 - 182 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs 1,500 lbs
Exterior Length 180.1 in 176.5 in
Exterior Width 72.6 in 71.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Front 43.1 in
Rear 36.5 in
Head Room Front 39.3 - 39.7 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 39.8 in
Rear 38.0 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-5 than in the Subaru Crosstrek. The Subaru Crosstrek will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
The Subaru Crosstrek requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda CX-5, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Mazda CX-5 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Subaru Crosstrek, which has a much lower MSRP.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda CX-5 is much wider than the Subaru Crosstrek, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Mazda CX-5, which is slightly longer than the Subaru Crosstrek.

Handling
The Mazda CX-5 has the same turning radius as the Subaru Crosstrek, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 is clearly the choice over the Subaru Crosstrek for pulling heavy loads. The Mazda CX-5 has a little more horsepower than the Subaru Crosstrek.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-5 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Subaru Crosstrek.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru Crosstrek. The Mazda CX-5 has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Subaru Crosstrek.