CX-5 or RAV4: Which Is the Better Choice?

July 21st, 2022 by

We think you can guess!

There are many options to choose from when selecting your next SUV. You may be stuck between the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4, for example. The 2022 CX-5 and 2022 RAV4 are two of the best-selling compact SUVs out there. 

But, which one should you buy? While both are suitable options, it’s no surprise that we prefer the Mazda. Let’s take a closer look at exactly why that is.


Here at McDonald Mazda West, we know safety is a priority. That is one of the most important reasons why the CX-5 wins over the RAV4. When it comes to standard safety features, the CX-5 has more to offer. While the RAV4 offers features such as lane departure warning and steering assist, the CX-5 goes the extra mile. The Mazda features the i-Activsense Safety system, which comes with a smart braking system, rear cross-traffic alert, radar cruise control, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and more. It even won the Top Safety Pick+ award!

Passenger Space

Comfort is another huge aspect of car rides. No one wants to take a ride in an uncomfortable car, and an important factor that affects comfort is space. This is another area where the CX-5 shines, proving to be the better choice over the RAV4. The passenger volume in the CX-5 is 103.6 cu-ft, while the RAV offers 98.9 cu-ft. If you want your passengers to be as comfortable as possible, it’s clear to see why you should go with the CX-5.

Standard Technology Features

The CX-5’s interior also shows out with an array of standard features. While both offer tech such as Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hotspot, there are more features that come standard on the CX-5. This includes the touchscreen, which is 10.25 inches. The Toyota, on the other hand, only has a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen, with 8.0-inch and 9.0-inch also available.

Price and Value

When it comes to the value for its price, Mazda’s CX-5 (once again) wins this round. The CX-5 starts at $25,900 MSRP on the 2.5 S trim and can go up to $38,650 MSRP for the 2.5 Turbo Signature Trim. The RAV4 is pricier, starting at $26.525 MSRP for the LE trim and reaching $43,125 MSRP on the Prime XSE trim. Don’t forget, Mazda’s are also known for their luxurious look and feel at a reasonable price. That’s why we believe the CX-5 is an overall better value for its price.

Both the RAV4 and the CX-5 are pretty solid options when it comes to SUVs. We believe, however, that it’s pretty clear to see which one is the better option. With its impressive safety features, passenger space, standard tech, and value for the price, the Mazda CX-5 is a fantastic choice. If you have any questions about the model, stop by McDonald Mazda West today or schedule a test drive. Our experts are prepared and happy to help you with all things Mazda.

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