Comparison of The 2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Subaru Outback
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When shopping for a new vehicle, there’s a good chance you’ll be considering a small crossover. While the segment has many options to pick from, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 definitely stands out. Phoenix Mazda shoppers appreciate this SUV’s fun-to-drive nature and sleek design. Newly available features make the 2019 model even more appealing. Let’s see how it stacks up against the 2019 Subaru Outback.


You’ll appreciate the 2019 Mazda CX-5’s competitive pricing. Phoenix area Mazda dealerships list the new CX-5 with a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,350. By comparison, the 2019 Subaru Outback has a starting MSRP of $26,345. CX-5 buyers can look forward to saving nearly $2,000.


The base power source for the Mazda CX-5 is a 2.5-liter, SkyActiv four-cylinder engine that develops 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. This is more performance than you get from the Subaru Outback’s standard four-cylinder engine, which produces 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. You can also get the CX-5 with a turbocharged version of its standard engine, which ensures even stronger acceleration. When tested by Car and Driver, the turbocharged CX-5 posted a brisk 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds. Although you get the Subaru Outback with a six-cylinder engine, it’s still not as quick. Expect to reach 60 mph in around 7.1 seconds.

Compare Safety

These are two of the safest models in the class. Like the Mazda CX-5, the Subaru Outback offers active safety features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. However, an available 360-degree camera makes the CX-5 easier to park in crowded places. Traffic Sign Recognition is also exclusive to the CX-5. This feature helps keep you aware of important roadway markings, including speed limit and “do not enter” signs.

Compare Handling

Very few crossovers in the segment are as nimble as the 2019 Mazda CX-5. Although the 2019 Subaru Outback drives well, it fails to match the CX5’s sporty road manners. Every new CX-5 benefits from G-Vectoring Control Plus. When taking corners, this system applies light braking force to the outer wheels for better handling. G-Vectoring Control Plus also shifts the SUV’s weight forward for enhanced grip.

Compare Handling

The Mazda CX-5 gives you access to a greater number of premium features. Only the CX-5 offers a head-up display, which projects your speed and navigation directions onto the lower windshield. Meanwhile, available ventilated seats make summer drives more enjoyable. Nappa leather upholstery gives the CX-5 Signature an especially luxurious feel.


While the 2019 Subaru Outback is an attractive crossover, a less exciting exterior design makes it more likely to get lost in the crowd. Onlookers will immediately notice 2019 Mazda CX-5’s sleek styling. Unlike the Outback, the CX-5 comes standard with LED headlights. Meanwhile, available 19-inch alloy wheels give the CX-5 an especially sporty stance. Mazda also offers some premium paint options, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Mica.

In the End

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 wins this comparison over the 2019 Subaru Outback. Not only is the new CX-5 more stylish and more engaging to drive, but it also offers a greater number of premium features.