Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5
Subaru Forester
At a Glance: Forester vs. CX-5

The Subaru Forester and the Mazda CX-5 are a good fit for families and drivers who like to be prepared for everything the road has to offer. Which one of these versatile SUVs is right for you? That’s what our team at Norm Reeves Subaru Superstore Rockwal is here to figure out with this 2023 Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison.

Let’s find the ideal ride for your drives through Mesquite, Rockwall, or Garland!



26 city /33 hwy* | 24 city /30 hwy
Forester vs CX-5


74.2 cu. ft. | 59.3 cu. ft.
Forester vs CX-5


8.7" | 7.6"
Forester vs CX-5
Which SUV Is Better for You?
Select a category below to learn more about how the Subaru Forester compares to the MAZDA CX-5.
Subaru Forester

From carpooling with friends to transporting that new bookshelf you just bought from someone online, an SUV is the perfect vehicle for all your needs. Both the Subaru Forester and the Mazda CX-5 have impressive features, but which one will be better for you?

Interior Dimensions

The most reliable SUVs have room to relax and space for all your bags. The 2023 Subaru Forester features both, with a large trunk, 41.2 inches of front headroom, and 43.3 inches of front legroom. It also makes it easy to pack more, with standard 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks.

On the other hand, the Mazda CX-5 has a more compact cabin. It could be a bit of a squeeze with 39.7 inches of front headroom and 41 inches of front legroom.

Cargo Volume That Will Let You Overpack

If you’re loading the trunk for a road trip, you’ll notice the Mazda CX-5 has a smaller cargo space. It’s maxed out at just 59.3 cubic feet of space, while the Forester provides up to 74.2 cubic feet of cargo room.

With all that extra room, you can easily pack a few extra outfits or more adventure equipment.

Subaru Forester

Ready to head out? Before you go, it’s time to buckle your seat belts and prepare for the drive. With standard safety systems to help along the way, you can enjoy your ride with peace of mind in either of these SUVs.

Staying Safe On- and Off-Road

The 2023 Subaru Forester comes with the kinds of features you can count on to help provide a safe and stable drive. For starters, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is standard on every trim level. This rugged system includes Active Torque Vectoring, a Traction Control System, and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

These features will help your SUV grip the road, while dual-function X-MODE® is available to tackle tougher off-road conditions. It includes selectable driving modes, such as Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud.

Plus, to help you get up and over anything that lies in your way, the Forester features an 8.7-inch ground clearance. The Mazda CX-5 sits lower, with only 7.6 inches of ground clearance.

Driver-Assistance Technology

The Forester also helps keep you alert in your day-to-day driving through its EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. It comes standard on every trim and helps prevent accidents with the following safety features:

  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering

The Mazda CX-5 offers similar driver-assist technology, thanks to i-Activsense®. It also comes standard with AWD. Its selectable drive modes include a Sport Mode; however, you may find the more specific settings of the Forester are better suited to all-terrain trails.

Subaru Forester

Of course, performance may be at the forefront of your mind. These models are known for their powerful engines, but which one will provide the better features? Let’s take a look at the performance of the Subaru Forester and the Mazda CX-5.

Engine and Transmission

Whether you’re on the trails or running errands, good fuel economy makes everything easier. The 2023 Subaru Forester was designed with this in mind. Its 2.5L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine features a Dual Active Valve Control System and works with a Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

The Mazda CX-5 runs on a similar Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine.

How’s the Fuel Economy?

When it comes to your road trips, fuel economy is important. How far can you go before stopping to refuel? In the Subaru Forester, you can get up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG.*

You may have to make your next pit stop sooner in the Mazda CX-5, though, as it’s only capable of an EPA-estimated 24 city/30 highway MPG.

The Forester Matches Your Adventurous Spirit!
Suabru Forester

From its rugged drivetrain to its large cargo hold, the Subaru Forester has so much to offer drivers in Mesquite, Rockwall, and Garland.

Contact Norm Reeves Subaru Superstore Rockwal to take a test drive and to learn more about the 2023 Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Forester for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle’s condition.

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