Among small SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 are two of the most popular choices. Both models are known for their refinement, styling, fuel economy, and interior spaciousness. Either vehicle is likely to make most Virginia drivers happy. However, taking a closer look will show that one of these models will be a better choice.
RAV4 and CX-5 Similarities
Right from the start, it is easy to see how similar the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 are. Both offer a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engines paired with 6-speed automatic transmissions and front-wheel drive. They are priced similarly, as well. The standard features on both models are also very similar, with things like controls on the steering wheel, cruise control, and power accessories across the lineup.
2016 RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5 Powertrain Differences
While both models offer a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, this is standard in the RAV4 and an optional upgrade in the CX-5. If you don’t pay extra, the CX-5 will run on a 2-liter 4-cylinder with 155 horses and a torque of 150 pound-feet and a 6-speed manual. Because of the required upgrade to get the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder on the Mazda, the Toyota RAV4 gives you more power for less money.
RAV4 and CX-5 Cargo Space
Most people who are interested in crossover SUVs like the CX-5 and RAV4 choose this body style for its versatility and cargo space. In this respect, the RAV4 has a reasonable advantage. With the rear seats in use, you still get 38.4 cubic feet in the Toyota compared to 34.1 in the CX-5. The figures for the RAV4 are similarly impressive when you fold down the rear seats, with 73.3 cubic feet compared to the CX-5’s 64.8 cubes. That significant amount of space can be the difference between fitting that new piece of furniture in your SUV and paying for it to be delivered.
Whether you want to learn more about how the 2016 Toyota RAV4 compares to other small SUVs or are ready to drive this vehicle around Warrenton, Virginia, the team at Warrenton Toyota can assist you.