2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Mazda CX-5 exterior drivers side profile on road with mountain vs 2018 Subaru Forester front fascia and passenger side profile on road with building glass windows

For those looking for a reliable SUV but don’t want to dig through all that research in order to figure out what would best suit your needs, we’ve done some research for you. Now, we compare the 2018 Mazda CX-5 to the 2018 Subaru Forester in an effort to see which SUV may be the best fit for you.

For the purpose of this comparison, we will be using the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV AWD with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. We will also use the specs from the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i 4dr SUV AWD with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. This way, you’ll know exactly what trim and engine we are comparing from these two vehicles. In the table below, you’ll see we’ve focused on the power and fuel efficiency, as these are two specs that are commonly searched for when car shoppers are researching their future vehicle.

2018 Mazda CX-5


2018 Subaru Forester

187 hp Horsepower 170 hp
186 ft-lbs Torque 174 ft-lbs
15.3 gal Fuel Capacity 15.9 gal
24/30/26 mpg EPA-estimated Fuel Economy city/hwy/combined 22/28/24 mpg

Advantages of the 2018 Mazda CX-5

As you can see in the table above, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has a fair amount more power than the 2018 Subaru Forester. It generates 17 hp more than the Forester, and 12 ft-lbs more torque. This means that all drivers looking for a powerful vehicle, you may want to investigate the 2018 Mazda CX-5 over the 2018 Subaru Forester.

Though the Mazda CX-5 is powerful, it doesn’t swap fuel efficiency for power. While the Subaru Forester does have a slightly bigger gas tank--.6 gallons more—the Mazda CX-5 still gets more miles per gallon. The Mazda CX-5 has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 24/30/26 miles per gallon on the city/hwy/combined, while the Subaru Forester has 22/38/24 mpg on the city/hwy/combined. This means that, even though the Forester has a bigger tank, you will get more miles per gallon driving on the city and highway than you will in the Forester.

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