2017 Mazda CX-5 vs 2017 Toyota RAV4

When you think about what you can do when commanding the wheel of a crossover sport utility vehicle, what are you picturing? Are you seeing yourself driving along winding wilderness roads on your way to a long-planned camping trip? Are you imagining taking the entire family for a night of errands to be capped off with a stop at the cinema? Can you see how much easier it would be to carry all of the items you buy when you venture out to the grocery stores? Whatever it is you are imagining, you have an understanding of what you desire from a crossover model. Fortunately, there are plenty of these vehicles available for you to choose from, but which one is right for you? We're going to look at the 2017 Mazda CX-5 vs the 2017 Toyota RAV4.

This comparison will look at the base model of each vehicle, and while both models have a lot to offer, the CX-5 stands out in key areas.

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2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport vs 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder w/ VVT 

187 HP, 185 lb-ft Torque


2.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve w/ Dual VVT-i 

176 HP, 172 lb-ft Torque

24/31 City/Hwy MPG (FWD) 

23/29 City/Hwy MPG (AWD)

Fuel Economy 23/30 City/Hwy MPG
2,000 Pounds Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 Pounds
Standard Rearview Camera Standard

More power and towing capacity inside the CX-5

Crossover models have the distinction of combining some of the best traits you love from a full-size SUV with the fuel efficiency you normally find from sedans or coupes. That does not mean, however, that a crossover model shouldn't pack a punch under the hood. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 base model is equipped with an engine that can dole out 187 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, topping what the RAV4 can deliver by quite a bit. Fuel economy remains comparably efficient even with that kind of power within your grasp.

One other defining characteristic you want in any SUV is towing capacity. Perhaps you want to bring your boat to the lake for a little fishing when you have some free time or bring a little trailer up to your campsite. The 2017 Mazda CX-5, when properly equipped, can tow as much as 2,000 pounds, which beats out the 2017 Toyota RAV4 again. The numbers here speak for themselves, showing the 2017 Mazda CX-5 as the sleek and sophisticated crossover SUV that has the specs to back it up.

red 2017 Mazda CX-5 driving toward sunset from the rear
rear hatch of 2017 Mazda CX-5 seen from side
red 2017 Mazda CX-5 parked on street rear angle
2017 Mazda CX-5 interior seats from the side