2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Toyota Rav4

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Safety

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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 Rav4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-5 and the Rav4 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rav4 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-5’s reliability 22 points higher than the Rav4.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Toyota is ranked third.

Engine

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The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 47 more horsepower (250 vs. 203) and 136 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda CX-5 is faster than the Toyota Rav4:

CX-5 4 cyl.

CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

6.4 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

14.9 sec

16.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 2.5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature

Rav4

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The CX-5 stops much shorter than the Rav4:

CX-5

Rav4

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-5 has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited 4WD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Rav4 Limited (27.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s (36 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The CX-5’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road’s (36 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is quieter than the Rav4 Limited 4WD (76 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space

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The CX-5 has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (103.6 vs. 98.9).

The CX-5 has .2 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 7.6 inches more rear hip room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The CX-5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rav4’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Consumer Reports rated the CX-5’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Rav4’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The CX-5 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road.

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the CX-5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-5 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Rav4 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because it costs $255 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-5 than the Rav4, including $84 less for a water pump, $31 less for front brake pads, $136 less for a starter, $257 less for a fuel pump and $688 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota Rav4, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its May 2020 issue and they ranked the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD first. They ranked the Toyota Rav4 Limited 4WD fourth.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Rav4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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