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Crossover Comparison: Mazda CX-5 vs Subaru Forester

When looking at the Mazda CX-5 vs Subaru Forester, it’s clear two very different design doctrines have made for two very different crossovers. That said? We’ve enjoyed our time with both.

Mazdas of all stripes are a perennial favorite of auto writers, and the CX-5 is no exception. Here’s what Jeffery N. Ross about his time with this agile crossover:

When most people think about a luxurious, sporty crossover, a Mazda might not be the first vehicle that pops into their head — let alone a compact Mazda. But the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature should change that, as it solidifies the CX-5 as a top pick in the compact crossover segment.

With the new turbo engine and upscale trim level, the CX-5 Signature is an excellent excuse to overlook smaller crossovers from traditional luxury automakers; yes, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature is actually nicer and sportier than some small luxury SUVs.

For more info and pictures of the 2019 Mazda CX-5, read his full review. If you’re considering a compact crossover, it needs to be on your list.

Now, we should note the Subaru Forester is no slouch either. It’s a powerhouse in the segment, and its famous all-wheel drive has made it a favorite of the outdoorsy set for decades. For proof, we offer Derek Shiekhi’s take on the venerable competitor:

The Forester is no stranger to off-road driving. Its X-Mode system with Hill Descent Control optimizes a variety of vehicle systems to help the Forester travel over slippery surfaces and steep inclines with ease. Subaru upgraded it for 2019 by giving X-Mode two different settings that help it conquer more types of conditions: Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud.

The Forester Sport also launched from stoplights with a satisfying amount of urgency. What pleased me even more was just how tight the steering felt, and how buttoned-down the suspension seemed. It was as if Subaru built an SUV out of a sport sedan.

Head here to read Shiekhi’s full review, as he had plenty of other great things to say about the Forester.

Of course, given those opinions, we knew this was going to be a close contest — but those are always the most fun! So check out the video below for a head-to-head comparison, and see which one comes out on top!

Obviously, you should never buy a car without a through test drive, so if you think one of these great crossovers will work for you, visit your local AutoNation dealer to arrange one today!

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