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2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited FWD vs 2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD

Quality and Value Analysis

Toyota RAV4 Limited and Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring are similarly priced. Toyota has a base MSRP of $28,450, and Mazda has a base MSRP of $27,970. Mazda is cheaper by a few hundred, but Toyota has a better ALG Residual value of 55% after 36 months compared to Mazda’s 52%. CX-5 has slightly better fuel economy at 25city/32hwy vs RAV4’s 24city/31hwy. Both SUVs have a 36 month, 36,000 mile basic warranty and a 60 month, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Performance and Engineering

Lets take a look under the hood. Toyota RAV4 has a 2.5-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine, and Mazda CX-5 has a 2.5-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, DI Engine. Mazda has the edge here with Horsepower of 184@5700 rpm, and Torque of 185@3250 rpm. Toyota’s 176@6000 rpm Horsepower and 172@4100 rpm Torque are no match for Mazda’s superior engine. RAV4 does have a larger fuel tank (15.9 gal) than CX-5’s 14.8 gal tank. Both vehicles have a front and rear disc brake system, but only CX-5 has Hill Start Assist.

Safety and Security

Mazda’s CX-5 has higher safety ratings than Toyota RAV4. The two had equally high safety ratings on the Front Side Crash Test, Rear Side Crash Test, Overall Side Crash Safety Rating, Overall Side Barrier Crash Safety Rating, and Rollover Safety Rating. Mazda scored higher on Front Driver Crash Test, Front Passenger Crash Test, Overall Rating, Overall Frontal Crash Safety Rating, and Side Pole Crash Safety Rating. Toyota did not score higher than Mazda on any safety ratings. Both vehicles have standard airbags, Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitor. The right choice for a safer vehicle to drive in Phoenix, AZ is Mazda.

Comfort and Convenience

Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 both have lots of features to keep you comfortable in Scottsdale AZ. Both SUVs have Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Cruise Control, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls for Audio and Cruise Control, Rearview Camera, Tilt/Telescopic Adjustable Steering Column, Rear Window Defroster, and Exterior Temperature Gauge. Only Mazda has standard floor mats, and 3 front power outlets. Mazda CX-5 is the best choice for a good Audio System. RAV4 has AM/FM Radio Seek, Scan, Speed Sensitive Volume and 6 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player; SiriusXM Satellite Radio, but CX-5 has AM/FM Radio Seek, Scan, AudioPilot Speed Sensitive Volume, Centerpoint Surround Sound and 9 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player; Satellite Radio. Both vehicles have an auxiliary input audio jack, rear wipers, remote keyless access system, theft deterrent, Folding Power Adjustable Heated Signaling Exterior Rearview Mirrors, tinted glass, and Automatic Headlights. Mazda CX-5 has larger all-season tires at 19′ compared to Toyota RAV4’s 18′ all-season tires.

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