Many drivers enjoy the practicality of a small crossover. While the segment has several options for you to choose from, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is among the best. It’s stylish, engaging to drive and comfortable. Phoenix Mazda shoppers seeking more performance will especially appreciate the CX-5’s newly available turbocharged engine. Let’s find out how the 2019 Mazda CX-5 stacks up against the 2019 Toyota RAV4.
Competitive pricing helps make the 2019 Mazda CX-5 a great value. Phoenix area Mazda dealerships list the CX-5 with a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,350. Meanwhile, prices the MSRP for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 starts at $25,650. By choosing the new CX-5, you stand to save at least $1,300.
Both of these crossovers handle well. However, the Mazda CX-5 offers an even sportier driving experience. G-Vectoring Control Plus comes standard on every new CX-5. When cornering, this system applies light braking force to the outside wheels to improve stability. It also shifts the SUV’s weight forward to improve grip.
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 comes standard with a 2.5-liter, SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine. However, Mazda recently introduced a new turbocharged version of this engine. It increases total production to 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the Toyota RAV4’s four-cylinder engine only develops 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. While Car and Driver clocked the turbocharged CX-5 with a 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds, the RAV4 takes around 8.0 seconds to hit 60 mph. There’s no overlooking the CX-5’s more exciting performance capabilities.
Like the 2019 Mazda CX-5, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 accommodates up to five people. However, your family will enjoy the CX-5’s more spacious design. It has a total passenger volume of 101.6 cubic feet, which outclasses the RAV4’s total passenger volume of 98.9 cubic feet. When sitting in the CX-5’s backseat, occupants will have an extra 1.8 inches of legroom.
The Mazda CX-5 has one of the nicest interiors in the class. For drivers who seek a more luxurious ride, Mazda offers the range-topping CX-5 Signature. It boasts Nappa leather-trimmed seats and genuine layered wood trim. Don’t expect the RAV4 Limited to feel as upscale.
Certain features are only available on the 2019 Mazda CX-5. While the 2019 Toyota RAV4 offers Apple CarPlay for iPhone users, the CX-5 offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Mazda’s infotainment system also provides a convenient Commander Control knob, which makes operating the interface especially easy.
When behind the wheel of the 2019 Mazda CX-5, you’ll have a greater sense of security. It was chosen as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, which is an accolade the RAV4 didn’t receive. While both of these crossovers come standard with accident-avoidance technologies like automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist, only the CX-5 offers Adaptive Front-Lighting. These headlights pivot to provide better visibility on twisty roads.
In The End
While the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has some good qualities, it loses this comparison. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 stands out in some of the most important categories.