When we compare the 2018 Mazda CX-5's and the 2018 Subaru Outback's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The 2018 Subaru Outback has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, reliability, resale value, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the 2018 Mazda CX-5's and the 2018 Subaru Outback's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Subaru Outback is a better car than the 2018 Mazda CX-5.
2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Subaru Outback Pricing
A used 2018 Mazda CX-5 ranges from $17,495 to $26,356 while a used 2018 Subaru Outback is priced between $16,995 to $28,990.
2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Subaru Outback Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 loses 39.8 percent of its value and the 2018 Subaru Outback loses 39.5 percent of its value. This means the 2018 Subaru Outback retains 0.2 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2018 Mazda CX-5.
2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Subaru Outback Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Mazda CX-5 is 8.1 out of 10 while the Subaru Outback's quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the Mazda CX-5 being ranked 12 out of 19 Best Small SUVs and the Subaru Outback being ranked 2 out of 19. Out of 55 Best 5-seater SUVs, the Mazda CX-5 is ranked 25 and the Subaru Outback is ranked 5. The Mazda CX-5 is also ranked 27 out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs while the Subaru Outback is ranked 3 out of 66.
2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Subaru Outback Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Mazda CX-5 is 7.2 out of 10. For the Subaru Outback the reliability rating is 8.8 out of 10. This gives the Subaru Outback an advantage in reliability compared to the Mazda CX-5.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2018 Mazda CX-5’s base engine makes 187 horsepower, and the 2018 Subaru Outback base engine makes 175 horsepower.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the 2018 Subaru Outback has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the areas of rear head room and rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Subaru Outback have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.