2017 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4




Picking out a compact crossover SUV can be a tough choice, especially if you’re weighing the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Comparing the two, you’ll find the Mazda CX-5:

  • Costs $365 less on the base MSRP and saves you more than $5,000 on the topmost trim
  • Produces more power power from a base 2.5L inline-four engine and a six-speed automatic transmission
  • Achieves superior fuel economy returns on both city streets and highways
  • Offers available features on the introductory model like a navigational aid, a telematics system, remote engine start, and more
  • Can tow up to 500 more pounds


Although the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 both run on 2.5L inline-four engines mated to six-speed transmissions, the Mazda CX-5 generates more power. In fact, it makes 187 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque and allows the Mazda CX-5 to tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped, as compared with the RAV4’s 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque and 1,500-pounds maximum towing capacity. This may largely be thanks to Mazda SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, which has revolutionized performance in the Mazda CX-5 and other Mazda models.



The 2018 Mazda CX-5 also comes out ahead when it comes to efficiency. From the start, the Mazda CX-5 reaches an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, whereas the RAV4 musters just 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Even with all-wheel drive on the topmost trim, the Mazda crossover achieves an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, as compared with 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway from the RAV4.


Certain features are standard on the 2017 Mazda CX-5, which are either unavailable on the 2018 Toyota RAV4 or cost more to have.

  • The introductory Mazda CX-5 trim boasts remote tailgate release, signaling exterior mirrors, alloy wheels, and more as standard, while the RAV4 does not.
  • The top-tier Mazda CX-5 trim has leather upholstery and rain-sensing wipers as standard and a passenger multi-adjustable power seat as optional, while the RAV4 does not.

Head to Cox Mazda for the 2017 Mazda CX-5

Whether you’re ready to get behind the wheel of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 or you need a chance to explore it in person, the team at Cox Mazda has you covered. Learn more about the Mazda CX-5 when compared to more models, including the Nissan Rogue. Simply get in touch to get started!

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