Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4

What do you look for in a crossover SUV—do you want a model with thoughtful, modern style both inside and out? A comfortable cabin with high-tech amenities? What about top-notch safety ratings and a peppy engine?

Our team at Paretti Mazda has taken all these things into consideration in our side-by-side comparison of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4. Read on to find out which model we think you’ll love more in Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans.

Mazda CX-5 vs RAV4: Style

No matter where you’re going, you want to arrive in style—and the Mazda CX-5 doesn’t disappoint. It was designed with flowing lines that swoop from the hood to the tailgate. When placed beside the uninspired, boxy look of the Toyota RAV4, there’s no comparison.

When you step inside the base trim level of each SUV, you’ll find comfortable cloth seats in both. However, a leather-wrapped steering wheel sits at the helm of the Mazda CX-5—while the RAV4 comes standard with a urethane wheel.

When you upgrade to a more premium model, the RAV4 switches its seats to SofTex®, a proprietary synthetic leather Toyota offers in many of its vehicles. The Mazda CX-5, meanwhile, adds a premium Caturra Brown Nappa leather to its seats. This authentic leather seating adds a soft, luxurious feel to the SUV.

Cabin Space and Technology

Both SUVs offer plenty of space for passengers and cargo, but the Mazda CX-5 bests the Toyota RAV4 in both front and rear headroom and hip room.

What about the amenities that come along for the ride? Well, the RAV4 still uses a traditional remote fob and ignition key to enter and start the vehicle at the base trim level. However, regardless of which Mazda CX-5 you choose, you’ll enjoy the convenience of a smart key. This means you can unlock and start the vehicle without ever fishing around your pocket or bag to pull out your car keys.

Engine Specs: Which One’s More Powerful?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 only offers one engine across its nine available trim levels: a 2.5L 4-cylinder that provides 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 Mazda CX-5, on the other hand, has two options to choose from.

The standard option is a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, similar in scope to what’s under the hood of the RAV4. However, there’s also the opportunity to upgrade to a turbocharged version for more pep. This SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T available in the Mazda CX-5 offers 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Safety Features

Both the Mazda CX-5 and RAV4 offer active safety features to keep you and your vehicle protected. For instance, available Blind Spot Monitoring allows you to confidently change lanes on the highway. Meanwhile, front and rear sonar technology can detect nearby objects when you’re parking either SUV.

However, the Mazda CX-5 has the distinction of being named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—while the Toyota RAV4 did not qualify for this award. This is mostly because the LED reflector headlights in the RAV4 don’t meet the stringent safety standards for the IIHS, offering less illumination than the LED projector lights in the Mazda CX-5.

Test Drive the 2019 Mazda CX-5

By all the metrics Paretti Mazda looked at in this Mazda CX-5 vs. RAV4 comparison, the Mazda CX-5 is clearly better. What do you think—does this sound like something you’d like to drive around Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans? If so, contact us today to learn more and schedule a test drive!

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