When comparing the 2020 Mazda CX-5's and the 2020 Subaru Forester's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars and base engine power. The 2020 Subaru Forester has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability, resale value, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the 2020 Mazda CX-5's and the 2020 Subaru Forester's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Subaru Forester is a better car than the 2020 Mazda CX-5.
2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Pricing
A used 2020 Mazda CX-5 ranges from $21,300 to $29,699 while a used 2020 Subaru Forester is priced between $22,726 to $32,325.
2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 loses 39.8 percent of its value and the 2020 Subaru Forester loses 38.4 percent of its value. This means the 2020 Subaru Forester retains 1.4 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2020 Mazda CX-5.
2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Mazda CX-5 is 8.1 out of 10 while the Subaru Forester's quality rating is 8.6 out of 10. This results in the Mazda CX-5 being ranked 12 out of 19 Best Small SUVs and the Subaru Forester being ranked 4 out of 19. Out of 55 Best 5-seater SUVs, the Mazda CX-5 is ranked 25 and the Subaru Forester is ranked 10. The Mazda CX-5 is also ranked 27 out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs while the Subaru Forester is ranked 7 out of 66.
2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Mazda CX-5 is 7.2 out of 10. For the Subaru Forester the reliability rating is 8.6 out of 10. This gives the Subaru Forester an advantage in reliability compared to the Mazda CX-5.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2020 Mazda CX-5’s base engine makes 187 horsepower, and the 2020 Subaru Forester base engine makes 182 horsepower. The CX-5 is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 459 miles. The Forester is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 548 miles. This gives the 2020 Subaru Forester the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2020 Mazda CX-5. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the 2020 Subaru Forester has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the area of rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Subaru Forester have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.