2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Toyota C-HR

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The CX-5 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The C-HR doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The CX-5 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the CX-5 and the C-HR have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Toyota C-HR:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

126 G’s

Hip Force

189 lbs.

419 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

435 lbs.

714 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-HR was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.


The CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (187 vs. 144) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 106 more horsepower (250 vs. 144) and 171 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 24 more horsepower (168 vs. 144) and 151 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda CX-5 is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

CX-5 4 cyl.

CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature


Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec


4.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

6.4 sec

11.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec


6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

14.9 sec

18.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

93.6 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 2.5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The C-HR doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (14.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (15.3 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mazda CX-5 higher (7 out of 10) than the Toyota C-HR (3). This means the CX-5 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the C-HR every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-HR:

CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.75 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The CX-5 stops much shorter than the C-HR:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-5 has larger tires than the C-HR (225/65R17 vs. 215/60R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature has standard 19-inch wheels. The C-HR’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-5’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the C-HR (106.2 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-5 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the C-HR.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the C-HR XLE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the C-HR XLE (27.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 19.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (103.6 vs. 83.8).

The CX-5 has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 8.1 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 7.9 inches more rear legroom, 7.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CX-5’s rear seats recline. The C-HR’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the C-HR with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 19 cubic feet). The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 36.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CX-5 easier. The CX-5’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.4 inches, while the C-HR’s liftover is 31 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The C-HR doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CX-5 (except Sport) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power liftgate.


The CX-5 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The C-HR has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the CX-5 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and air filter replacement based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.


The CX-5 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The C-HR doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CX-5 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-5’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the C-HR’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The C-HR doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CX-5 has standard extendable sun visors. The C-HR doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the CX-5 and the C-HR offer available heated front seats. The CX-5 Grand Touring also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the C-HR.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the CX-5 (except Sport/Touring) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The C-HR doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the CX-5’s optional (except Sport/Touring) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the CX-5 and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.


Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota C-HR, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The C-HR has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Toyota C-HR by over three to one during 2018.

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