[Auto brawl 101] Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV 4: Which to buy?

Mar 05, 2019
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4: Overview
  • 2. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Dimensions
  • 3. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Engine and performance
  • 4. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Exterior
  • 5. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Safety Features
  • 6. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Comfort Features
  • 7. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Final thought
It’s the head to head between Mazda CX5 and Toyota RAV4. Read on the comprehensive comparison to determine which is the best premium compact crossovers.

1. Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4: Overview

Along with the current offering of mid-sized SUVs, there are other options that are less truck like but with a combo of car characteristics. These are compact crossovers like the Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4 which are the top picks for this segment. Between the Mazda and Toyota; they are both good options that are no-regret purchases because their price tag is on the expensive side.

Mazda CX-5

One of the sleekest and costlier crossovers to get; but has the SKYACTIV engine that is strong and efficient. Everything is premium and in Mazda CX-5 versus Toyota RAV4 which is why it’s one of the best-equipped crossovers to get.

Mazda CX-5 SUV 2019 in-depth review

Toyota RAV4

Most of Toyota’s premium cars are the best and the best-selling in most places. The RAV4 is another development of a respect crossover that has enough to make it a good option. It may not be as well-appointed; but it’s a quality compact crossover, none the less!

2019 Toyota RAV4 - Review & Road Test

2. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Dimensions

Mazda CX-5: The CX-5 is taller between the two, but is smaller in length and width. It’s s sleeker and slimmer crossover. Toyota RAV4: It is bigger and looks more robust with a bigger length, and width compares to the CX-5.

Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Dimensions
  Mazda CX5 Toyota RAV4
Length (mm)  4,550 4,570
Width (mm) 1,842 1,845
Height (mm) 1,680 1,670

mazda cx5 dimensions

Mazda CX5 dimensions

Verdict: It gets the first point; the RAV4 with its larger bulk compared to the slimmer CX-5.

>>> Need more info of these two crossover SUV? Check out our in-depth review: 

3. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Engine and performance

The CX-5 is tied with the RAV4 for most of the specs and has more of the relevant specs on its side. Though is it even with the RAV4; and it is a risk what will be preferred. Now the RAV4 is just as well-equipped, but is on the level of the CX-5. There may be some deal breakers, but the lesser cost does make it a good choice too.

Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Engine and performance
   Mazda CX5 Toyota RAV4
Displacement 2,488-1,998 cc 2,494 cc

Horsepower

190 Hp 180 Hp
Torque 251 Nm 233 Nm
Transmission SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic Sequential with Super ECT
Drive train Smart I-ACTIV all-wheel drive Variants come in 4X2 and 4X4 (premium version only)
Brake

- Front: Ventilated Disk Brakes
- Rear: Solid disk

- Front: 16 " Ventilated Disc
- Rear: 16 " Solid Disc

Suspension

- Front: MacPherson Strut
- Rear:  Multi-link beam

- Front: MacPherson Strut (Coil)
- Rear: Double Wishbone (Coil)

Tire size  225/55 R19 225 / 65 R17
Fuel Type Gasoline and Diesel Gasoline
Passenger capacity 5 5

Mazda CX-5 2018 engine

Mazda CX5 is armed with a 2.5-liter in-line four mill with 190 hp and 251 Nm

Toyota rav 4 engine

2.5L inline-4 Dynamic Force mill is ideal for the next-gen Toyota RAV4 2019

Verdict: Either one would do, but it may come down to the cost of the unit. Neither gets the better of the other, but the diesel option of the CX-5 may tip the scales a bit.

4. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Exterior

Here the CX-5 is better because of one option. Bests the RAV4 easily and gets the point. No go here, and the RAV4 is basically missing important features.

Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Exterior
  Mazda CX5 Toyota RAV4
Head lamp Halogen/ Led/ HiD Yes Yes
Fog lamp Yes Yes
Third brake light Yes Yes
Auto adjust head lamp Yes No
Auto wiper Yes Yes
Daytime Running Lights No No

5. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Safety Features

Mazda has always been a good safe option, and the CX-5 has proven that it can muster a unit that is safe and secure. Toyota RAV4 runs second to the CX-5, but it is just as well equipped

Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Safety Features
  Mazda CX5  Toyota RAV4
3-pt. ELR seatbelt Yes Yes
Side Airbag Yes Yes
Curtain Airbag Yes Yes
Knee Airbag Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes
AEB No No
ESC Yes Yes
BA Yes Yes
EBD Yes No
HSA No No
With Load Limiter Yes Yes
Pretensioner Yes Yes
Isofix mounts No No
Rear camera Yes No
Cruise control Yes Yes
Front sonar Yes No
Rear sonar Yes No

6. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Comfort Features

Compared to the RAV4; Mazda CX-5 has the same level of comfort. Comfort-wise,  Toyota RAV4 is just the same with no difference.

Verdict: Neither gets the better in comfort, and that’s a good thing.

Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Comfort Features
  Mazda CX5 Toyota RAV5
Power feature Yes Yes
Din head unit Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Navigation Yes Yes
Auto door locks  Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes
Speed sensing locks Yes Yes
Power side view mirror  Yes Yes
Steering wheel control Yes Yes
Cup holders Yes Yes
Side pockets  Yes   Yes 
Automatic AC  Yes Yes
Multi-zone Yes No

toyota rav4 2019 interior

A spectacular arrangement in the RAV4 2019 interior is apt for a wide array of preferences and driving experiences

7. Mazda CX5 vs Toyota RAV4: Final thought

Overall the CX-5 gets most of the features, but the RAV4 is cheaper and with fewer premium features. In the end; the CX-5 is a better option in most specs (please check the tables for reference) which makes a difference. But the cheaper RAV4 is also a good option too! Both are good options; but they may bear down on price, not on features in Mazda CX-5 versus Toyota RAV4.

Source: Norjan Ismail Abbas

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Polycaps 11:54 | Apr 14, 2019
There are some errors on the specs.

Rav4 comes only 4x2 Front Wheel Drive not Four Wheel Drive in Philippines model only.

Mazda has the following in their variant AWD 2.5L GAS
-Daytime Running Light
-Cruise Control
-Isofix Mounts
-Dual Zone Climate Control
There are some errors on the specs.

Rav4 comes only 4x2 Front Wheel Drive not Four Wheel Drive in Philippines model only.

Mazda has the following in their variant AWD 2.5L GAS
-Daytime Running Light
-Cruise Control
-Isofix Mounts
-Dual Zone Climate Control
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Philkotse 15:38 | Apr 17, 2019
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