All-New Mazda CX-5 Looks Confident In Fight Against Toyota RAV4

With reviews of Mazda’s new CX-5 starting to roll it, it’s becoming clear that this might be the segment conquering SUV you were looking for.

If the wider exterior and improved road presence doesn’t do it for you, the revised high-quality interior just might, with its 10-speaker Bose premium sound system, Mazda Connect infotainment system and extras such as the heads up display.

In order to find out just how good the new CX-5 is, AutoGuide put it up against a 2017 Toyota RAV4, one of the most practical and popular models in this segment.

Right off the bat, reviewer Sami Haj-Assaad notices how the Toyota doesn’t feel quite as sophisticated as the CX-5, even though interior quality is decent. As for space, the CX-5 has more room for the passengers, whereas the RAV4 will allow you to carry more luggage in its boot.

In the end, while there’s no disputing the RAV4’s reputation, the all-new Mazda CX-5 does seem to target buyers who appreciate near-premium build quality levels.


  • caruso81

    I’ve got the 2016.5 GT. Best vehicle in a long time, maybe since my 2001 Audi A4. Two things I would have liked, one I believe that has been changed, and one not…. 1) Lane Keeping Assist. (I think it’s available on the ’17.) and 2) Larger Fuel Tank. The 360 mile range is simply not enough. My wife’s Acura TLX has a 575 mile highway range.

    Nonetheless, after 8 mo this, I still get in it and regularly say, “I love my car.”

    • Finkployd

      Do you still love your wife though?

  • Bash

    Honestly, I don’t see this a fair comparison. The cx5 is much better than the rav4 in fact the RAV4 looks old already. Imo

    • salamOOn

      “RAV4 looks old already”

      well, because it is.
      current cx5 (from 2017) , current RAV4 (from 2013)…..

      • Galaxium

        The current-gen CX5 still existed back in 2013.

        Both crossovers got refreshes since then. It’s just that Mazda did a much better job at it, while Toyota did very little.

        • this is an all new CX5, not a second refresh

        • salamOOn

          cmon man, really?! smh.
          this is not a refresh, this is completely new model….

          • Galaxium

            My bad – I thought this was just a refresh.

            Though, the comparison isn’t a bad one, since the RAV4 is (iirc) the most popular small crossover.

          • notthistimecobber

            It’s not globally

        • notthistimecobber

          No it didn’t buddy

        • Bobby Ang

          Technically you’re right. The new CX-5 is a complete front, rear, interior, exterior body panel rehash of the first gen CX-5, same engine and transmission too. Not an ALL NEW ALL ALL NEW NEW CX-5.

        • Toss

          New CX5 is still old CX5. Big disappointment for me. And look at that gap. Really?

      • TheBelltower

        To be fair, the Rav4 looked old in 2013.

    • jtothada

      is shoud have been the Crv vs Cx5. why not compare it to the top selling in it’s class

  • badcyclist

    Test drove the RAV4 a month or so ago, and in most respects it was a shockingly bad car. And I say that as someone who has had a Tacoma since the late 1980’s. Noisy, cheap materials, and bad handling. I was very surprised, and not in a good way.

  • OdysseyTag

    4:20 minutes in – I can’t even fathom how buttons that ugly made it into a car like the RAV 4 – in fact, the dash as a whole looks archaic compared to the CX-5.

  • TheBelltower

    I imagine that, if you are interested in the CX5 then the Rav4 may not even be on your radar.

  • notthistimecobber

    The Rav is far from being a benchmark. In fact it’s one of the dullest drives in the segment – which is typically Toyota

  • Evan M

    The Daffy Duck voice has to go.

    • drano66

      Yep, I muted the sound and put on CC

  • Kyle Newberry

    Why is it always MAAAAAzda instead of MAzda

  • Kyle Newberry

    Who says, “quick to shift, we thought it was a CVT?”