Toyota RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5
Toyota RAV4
Mazda CX-5
At a Glance: RAV4 vs. CX-5
Toyota RAV4

It’s time to power your adventures forward, and you need the right SUV to take you there. The Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5 are two vehicles ready for heading off the paved path with available all-wheel drive and selectable drive modes.

Only one of these vehicles is the right match for your drives near Livonia or Dearborn, MI, so the team at LaFontaine Toyota is here to help you find your perfect match. Come see which of these daring rides will rise to the occasion.


Which Toyota RAV4 Features Will Enhance Your Scenic Route?


27 city/35 hwy* | 26 city/31 hwy
RAV4 vs CX-5


Yes | No
RAV4 vs CX-5


69.8 cu. ft. | 59.3 cu. ft.
RAV4 vs CX-5
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Toyota RAV4 compares to the Mazda CX-5.
Toyota RAV4

Whether you’re running errands locally, going out of town, or heading off-road, you want to know your vehicle can get you reliably from Point A to Point B. Even better if it can do so efficiently and make the most of every drop of fuel.

Power From Get-Go

Both models are standardly equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. Although similarly sized, they differ in their capabilities and how much raw power they generate. The CX-5's motor puts out 187 horsepower. While that’s impressive, it pales in comparison to the engine under the hood of the RAV4, which generates 203 horsepower.

The transmission that moves that power from the engine to the wheels also varies between these two models. The Mazda pairs a 6-speed transmission, while the Toyota equips an 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence. With additional gears and intelligence at your disposal, you’ll enjoy a smoother, more intuitive ride in the Toyota RAV4.

Fuel Efficiency

When you’re out exploring the open road, the last thing you want to do is interrupt your trip for a pit stop along the way. With the Toyota RAV4, you can leave the gas station in your rearview mirror, since it earns an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.*

The Mazda CX-5 takes an efficiency dip, with an EPA-estimated 26 city/31 highway MPG, so you may find yourself running to the pump more often.

Where the RAV4 really has a leg up is with the addition of a hybrid powertrain. This motor achieves an EPA-estimated 41 city/38 highway MPG for even lengthier explorations.* Unfortunately, only a gas engine is available on the Mazda CX-5.

Toyota RAV4

When it comes to traveling, you want to ensure that you and your passengers have everything needed to make it an enjoyable trip. Those amenities include everything from comfort features to technology.

Comfort, Convenience, & Connectivity

Both models provide a variety of comfort and convenience features, including:

  • Standard 6-way driver adjustable driver’s seat
  • Standard remote keyless entry
  • Available wireless smartphone charging

In addition, they each equip a multimedia touchscreen and smartphone connectivity. However, there’s several differences between them. The CX-5's system has six standard speakers and offers a max of 10. It also requires you to remember to pack a cord to charge your mobile device.

Although the RAV4 also starts with six speakers, its premium JBL® Premium Audio system has 11 speakers for a more immersive listening experience. Plus, it provides standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, so you’ll always have access to a fully charged phone and can leave the cords at home.

Pack It All In

When trekking all over the country, there are numerous essentials you’ll need to bring along (even if phone cords are not among them). The Toyota RAV4 ensures everything has its place with 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space. If you drive the Mazda CX-5, you may have to leave some of your gear at home since you’ll have just 30 cubic feet of cargo room.

Both cabins are completely configurable to meet your needs as well. Simply fold down their rear seats as needed to fit larger cargo, like your mountain bikes and camping gear. Once again, the RAV4 has more space with 69.8 cubic feet of room, while the Mazda CX-5 only offers 59.3 cubic feet of space.

Toyota RAV4

Still, the most important features of any vehicle are those that help protect you and your most precious cargo—your passengers. These Toyota and Mazda SUVs have been engineered to provide you with peace of mind whenever you’re behind the wheel.

Safety Comes Standard

Your adventures will be much more enjoyable when you know you’re protected at every turn. The Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5 have you covered with brand-specific versions of the following standard features:

  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams

So, regardless of which model you drive, you’ll be able to move forward with confidence.

Next-Level Protection

However, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 in the RAV4 takes security one step further with standard Road Sign Assist on every trim level. This system intelligently reads the road and alerts you to detected Do Not Enter, yield, stop, and speed-limit signs.

Drivers of the Mazda CX-5 don’t have access to this driver-assistance system, not even on higher trim levels.

Which SUV Is Right for You?
Toyota RAV4

The road is calling your name and it’s time to answer with a daring ride. With greater power and efficiency, more cargo space, and more standard safety features, the Toyota RAV4 cruises past the Mazda CX-5.

Want to see this SUV in action? Stop by LaFontaine Toyota. Drivers near Livonia and Dearborn, MI, can schedule a test drive today!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new RAV4 for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

*EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2024 RAV4 LE FWD, XLE FWD, XLE Premium FWD, and Limited FWD; EPA-estimated 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2024 RAV4 LE AWD; EPA-estimated 27 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg for 2024 RAV4 XLE AWD and XLE Premium AWD; EPA-estimated 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2024 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; EPA-estimated 25 city/32 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2024 RAV4 TRD Off-Road. EPA-estimated 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for 2024 RAV4 Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE, Hybrid XLE Premium, Hybrid SE, Hybrid XSE and Hybrid Limited. EPA-estimated 38 city/35 hwy/37 combined mpg for 2024 RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle's condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

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