a 2020 Mazda CX-5 next to a 2020 Subaru Forester

When it comes to compact SUVs, both the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Subaru Forester have a lot to offer. At Bob Penkhus Mazda, we want to ensure you make the best choice for your family, which is why we are doing a complete 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester comparison. In our research, we take a closer look at the pricing, trims, features, power options and towing capacity of the new CX-5 and Forester.

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Release Dates | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

Both the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester were released to the public late in 2019 and are available for purchase right now. You can find the latest 2020 Mazda CX-5 lineup for sale in Colorado Springs at Bob Penkhus.

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester MSRP

The new 2020 Mazda CX-5 features a low starting price, at just $25,090. In comparison, the base price on a 2020 Subaru Forester is $24,500, which is also competitive for their vehicle segment.

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester MPG Ratings

The 2020 Mazda CX-5, equipped with a four-cylinder engine, achieves 25 city/31 hwy mpg. In comparison, a 2020 Subaru Forester delivers relative numbers at 26 city/33 hwy mpg.

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Highlights | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

For 2020, the new Mazda CX-5 features more standard safety technology. The 2020 Subaru Forester is mainly identical to its previous version, simply adding a rear-seat reminder as standard technology.

Key Differences | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has more towing power, but all-wheel-drive (AWD) is standard on the 2020 Subaru Forester models.

the interior seating of a 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs a 2020 Subaru Forester

Trims/Configurations | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

2020 Mazda CX-5

  • Sport | $25,090 | 25/31
  • Touring | $26,730 | 25/31
  • Grand Touring | $30,210 | 25/31
  • Grand Touring Reserve | $35,035 | 25/31
  • Signature | $37,055 | 25/31

2020 Subaru Forester

  • Base | $24,495 | 26/33
  • Premium | $27,395 | 26/33
  • Sport | $28,995 | 26/33
  • Limited | $31,095 | 26/33
  • Touring | $34,595 | 26/33

Towing Capacity | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

With the right equipment, you can tow up to 2,000 pounds with a 2020 Mazda CX-5. This is plenty of capability to tow your small boat or camper for a weekend adventure. On the other hand, a new Subaru Forester will only tow up to 1,500 pounds.

Interior | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

All 2020 Mazda CX-5 models come standard with a seven-inch touch screen combined with an infotainment system, voice command, HD Radio, two USB ports, a four-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth. The 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 6.5-inch touch screen, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a four-speaker sound system.

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Exterior Features | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 dimensions measure 179″ L x 73″ W x 65″ H. You can choose between 17- or 19-inch tires. The 2020 Subaru Forester dimensions measure 182″ L x 71″ W x 68″ H, which makes it slightly longer and higher than the CX-5, but also more slender. You can choose between 17- or 18-inch tires on the Forester.

Reviews | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

Edmunds gives the 2020 Mazda CX-5 a lot of praise. Among the compliments, the auto publication points out the "improved noise reduction, standard advanced safety features, and keen handling." U.S. News & World Report ranks the Forester in fourth place among compact SUVs. Some of the positive comments include "spacious seats, excellent fuel economy, and smooth ride."

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Seating | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

Both the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the new Subaru Forester feature enough room for five occupants to fit comfortably.

Performance | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

You will find the performance between the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester are quite similar. Under the hood of the new Mazda SUV, you will find a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. As standard equipment, you will get front-wheel-drive, but you can upgrade to AWD. The new Subaru Forester features a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, CVT and all-wheel-drive.

Cargo Space | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, plus 59.6 cubic feet of space when those seats are folded down. With a 2020 Subaru Forester, you can expect 35.4 cubic feet with the seats up and 76.1 cubic feet when they are folded down.

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Safety | 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 is a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS and earned a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. With many similarities, the 2020 Subaru Forester is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ with a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Buy A 2020 Mazda CX-5 or A Used Subaru Forester

If you are ready to drive a safe, functional and energized SUV, it's time to test drive the 2020 Mazda CX-5. At Bob Penkhus, we have the new CX-5 for sale. Talk to us today about our money-saving options. Plus, you can also check out the lineup of used Subaru Forester models if you prefer this AWD SUV. 

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