2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Mazda CX-5 | Garavel Subaru
2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester

2019 Mazda CX-5

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Subaru Forester


2020 Mazda CX-5

Starting MSRP


City/Highway MPG

76.1 cu-ft

Max Cargo Volume

59.6 cu-ft
182 hp


187 hp
1,500 lbs

Max Towing Capacity

2,000 lbs

All-Wheel Drive


Passenger Capacity


2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Mazda CX-5

If you’re looking for a versatile compact SUV for sale near Westport, both the Subaru Forester and the Mazda CX-5 are worth your consideration. The CX-5 delivers superior sport-utility performance when equipped with the powerful turbo engine. The 2020 Subaru Forester offers a spacious cabin, excellent fuel economy, lots of standard safety features, and a comfortable ride.

With a more comprehensive list of standard features than the CX-5, the Forester excels when it comes to safety and convenience. If you often need to transport large items, the Forester’s excellent cargo volume makes it a smart choice.Comparatively, weak engine power does get the Forester less hp and towing capacity than the CX-5 Turbo engine, although the CX-5 base engine gets a comparable 186 hp.

Read on to check out the Mazda CX-5 vs Subaru Forester specs when it comes to performance, dimensions, and key tech features:

CX-5 vs. Forester: Safety and Technology Features

Both the Forester and the CX-5 include these advanced safety features standard on the base trim:

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Smart Device Integration
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control

The 2020 Forester offers a more comprehensive suite of standard technology features, including the following features that aren’t standard on the CX-5:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Climate Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Satellite Radio and available premium sound system

The 2020 CX-5 offers a standard Blind Spot Monitor, a feature not standard on the 2020 Forester.

CX-5 vs. Forester: Performance

The Forester’s base engine gets excellent fuel economy and a smooth ride:

  • Engine — AWD 2.5L Subaru Boxer® 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower — 182 hp
  • Towing Capacity — 1,500 lbs
  • City/Highway MPG — 26/33

You can upgrade the CX-5 performance with an optional AWD Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 engine. That improves the CX-5 performance specs over the Forester:

  • Horsepower — 187 hp
  • Towing Capacity — 2,000 lbs towing
  • City/Highway MPG — 25/31

CX-5 vs. Forester: Interior and Cargo Dimensions

The 2020 Forester has one of the most spacious cargo areas in the compact SUV class, and roomy seating for all 5 passengers:

  • Passenger Volume — 111.9 cu-ft’
  • Front Head Room — 41.2 cu-ft
  • Front Legroom — 43.3 cu-ft
  • Rear Head Room — 39.6 cu-ft
  • Rear Legroom — 39.4 cu-ft
  • Max Cargo Volume — 76.1 cu-ft

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 provides a comfortable ride in an upscale cabin, but the cargo space is below average for the class:

Passenger Volume — 103.6 cu-ft

Front Head Room — 39.7 cu-ft

Front Legroom — 41.0 cu-ft

Rear Head Room — 39.0 cu-ft

Rear Legroom — 39.6 cu-ft

Max Cargo Volume — cu-ft

Should You Buy the 2020 Forester or the 2020 Mazda CX-5?

Choosing between the 2020 Forester and the 2020 CX-5 depends on your driving needs.

If you want a car with exciting acceleration, agile handling, and better towing capabilities, the Mazda CX-5 has more to offer. The Subaru Forester is the better choice if you need the best possible fuel economy, cargo volume, and safety features as you tackle errands in New Canaan.

Explore 2020 Subaru Forester Configurations at Garavel Subaru!

Visit our showroom in Norwalk to check out the 2020 Subaru Forester in person. The team at Garavel Subaru can help you choose the best Forester in our inventory for your driving needs. Learn more about new vehicle specials and the Subaru Forester maintenance schedule. Contact us to set up a test drive near Wilton today!

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