Riverside Mazda Shoppers Compare The
2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Subaru Outback

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover that excites Riverside Mazda shoppers, who enjoy its dynamic handling, smooth ride, sophisticated cabin and high-quality build. Buyers also appreciate the CX-5’s many advanced safety features. The CX-5 provides all this and exceptional curb appeal, too. Some buyers considering the CX-5 may also be interested in the 2019 Subaru Outback, another popular compact crossover. We’ll take a good look at both vehicles in a side-by-side comparison to discover which one is the smartest choice.

Compare Price

Price is an important consideration for most buyers. If you’re looking for value, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is your best choice. The CX-5 has a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at $25,350. The 2019 Subaru Outback will set you back a bit more, with a starting MSRP of $26,345. Keep in mind the MSRP isn’t the actual retail price you’ll pay at dealerships like the Riverside area Mazda dealers. We use it as the best way to compare the price of these two crossovers.

Compare Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the CX-5 with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is about evenly matched with the Outback equipped with its base engine. Move up to the available powerplants and the Mazda CX-5 comes out ahead, with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. The Outback’s six-cylinder only returns 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
Performance If you’re looking for an SUV that provides ample power, you’ll want to select the Mazda CX-5. The base engine under the hood of the CX-5 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The Outback’s base four-cylinder engine only makes 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. Move up to the CX-5’s upgraded engine and you’ll get a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops up to 250 hp and 310 lb-ft. The Outback’s available 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine puts out a comparable 256 hp, it’s only good for 247 lb.-ft. of torque. Towing Capacity Buyers who are planning to use their vehicle for towing will find the 2019 Mazda CX-5 to be a better choice than the 2019 Subaru Outback. The CX-5 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, compared with 2,700 pounds for the Outback. Features There are many standard and available features that CX-5 owners can take advantage of that aren’t available on the Outback. The CX-5 has an optional head-up display that allows the driver to access driving information on the dashboard, eliminating the need to take eyes off the road. You can’t get a head-up display in the Outback. Rain sensing wipers are another available feature that’s available in the CX-5 but not the Outback. The front passenger in the CX-5 will stay cool and comfortable, thanks to the optional air-conditioned seats, yet another feature that’s not offered in the Outback. In The End When you stack the 2019 Mazda CX-5 up against the 2019 Subaru Outback, the CX-5 comes out on top. The CX-5 provides better value, has more powerful engines, gets better fuel economy, has a higher towing capacity and has features that are unavailable in the Outback.