Subaru Forester is Going Head to Head with Mazda CX-5 Here in Washington, PA -- Check Out the Score at Budd Baer Subaru!

The latest compact SUVs and crossovers these days are becoming all the rage. But not every competitor on the field is a model of distinction. Some hit the bench, while others make their plays only subtly. Of course, some are just plain VIPs, and the new Subaru Forester is just such a star in the lineup. With its unrivaled capability, solid safety roster, cutting-edge technologies, and creature comforts, wrapped up in a uniform showing decades of rugged tradition, it's no wonder it's one of the first out the gate, and rivals like the new Mazda CX-5 show themselves no contest. How does the new Forester perform? Sit back and watch a few rounds with us here at Budd Baer Subaru!

Subaru Forester vs Mazda CX-5, by the Numbers

  • For one, you can look forward to more options from which to choose for your trek, from those economical to higher-octane. The latest Forester offers a gamut from 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 2.5i Touring to performance models like 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. Mazda CX-5's major players are only Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.
  • CX-5's 187-horsepower, 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine and 187 pound-feet of torque might try to make an end run around that of our Subaru, a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER putting out 174. But when our turbocharged 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter variant, available in higher trims, shows up to the scrimmage, shelling a workhorse 258 pound-feet, it's plain to see that with us, it's game on.
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive also goes to bat, standard throughout the lineup, while Mazda's i-ACTIV AWD system warms the cheap seats -- it's only optional.
  • What's more, ours is one of the few new SUVs around to build in a standard fully synchronized six-speed manual transmission, sure to appeal to the hands-on among all-terrain enthusiasts. CX-5 drivers might find its standard SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed auto less engaging.
  • Our team also brings a larger fuel tank along for the ride, too, 15.9 gallons in size to that of Mazda at just 14.8.
  • Forester expands that imposing presence with 8.7 towering inches of ground clearance, great for overcoming obstacles down the trail. Mazda's crossover offers but 7.5 inches.
  • Our compact crossover is even more maneuverable in cramped spaces, with a 34.8-foot turning circle to the competition at 36.0.
  • Ditto for more sizable overall. Its interior burgeons at up to 108.3 cubic feet, while Mazda's lags behind at 103.6, and that means better front head and leg room as well as rear head and shoulder room. Subaru is even the more spacious choice here for cargo volume, 34.4 cubic feet at a minimum to 30.9.
  • A final score summarily shows that a new Subaru Forester as the more cost-effective option. Its total MSRP, around $23,710, economizes on that of Mazda, at approximately $25,125.

Eager to route for the home team against a host of its many other challengers? You can check out how Subaru Forester fares up close and personally, right here on Murtland Avenue. Take a test drive today and decide to draft one for yourself, and we'll be delighted to help make your ownership dream reality with one of our many affordable Subaru leasing options. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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