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2023 Mazda CX-5 Vs. Toyota RAV4: Features, Specs, And Dimensions

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4

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If you’re shopping for a new compact SUV, review our Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4 model comparison to see which of these popular vehicles better suits your needs. Both Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 SUVs provide great comfort and performance, but some qualities set them apart.

We invite you to browse our available 2023 Mazda CX-5 inventory online. You can also stop by Gunther Mazda today to test drive one of the models on our lot.

Compare Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 Models

2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S 2023 Toyota RAV4 LE
Engine 2.5L 4-cylinder 2.5L 4-cylinder
Horsepower 187 203
Torque 186 lb-ft 184 lb-ft
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs1 1,500 lbs2
Drivetrain i-ACTIV AWD® FWD or AWD
Seating Capacity 5 5
Length 180.1 in 180.9 in
Width 72.6 in 73.0 in
Height 65.4 in 67.0 in

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2023 Toyota RAV4 Specs

When it comes to the 2023 Mazda CX-5 specs, you’ll find standard i-ACTIV AWD® on all models, along with the available Mazda Intelligent Drive Select Technology that allows you to customize your drive modes on various terrains. This vehicle offers excellent performance, with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and an available 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that provides an upgraded 256 horsepower.

The Toyota RAV4 SUV comes standard with FWD, although AWD models are available. It uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower and an automatic eight-speed transmission. The Toyota RAV4 model features only one non-hybrid engine option in the trim lineup.

Of all your options, the available turbocharged engine for the 2023 Mazda CX-5 SUV packs the strongest punch.

Although both the 2023 Mazda CX-5 and 2023 Toyota RAV4 models have 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, the entry-level Mazda CX-5 model provides more overall towing capacity at a maximum of 2,000 pounds.1 In contrast, the Toyota RAV4 LE model has a tow rating of 1,500 pounds.2 To learn more about 2023 Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4 specs, reach out to our team members today.

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2023 Toyota RAV4 Specs

2023 Toyota RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5 Trims

2023 Toyota RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5 Trims

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 has eight well-appointed trims:

  • MAZDA CX-5 2.5 S
  • MAZDA CX-5 2.5 TURBO

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 gas-powered lineup offers six trim models: the LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited trims.

The Mazda CX-5 appeals to a wide range of drivers, with its variety of features for comfort, luxury, and safety. Unlike the Toyota RAV4 SUV, all Mazda CX-5 models have the standard i-ACTIV AWD® system. If you want all-wheel drive on the Toyota RAV4, you can have it, but it will cost you more.

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4 Interior and Features

The interior of the Mazda CX-5 lineup is designed with comfort and elegance in mind. In the Signature trim model, you’ll enjoy genuine layered wood trim paired with Caturra Brown Nappa leather-trimmed seats.

The Toyota RAV4 interior is designed for utility. The cabin of the Toyota RAV4 model features available premium materials like SofTex trimmed seats and niceties such as heated front and rear seats, but the overall aesthetic of the Toyota RAV4 lineup feels outdated and less refined compared to the Mazda CX-5 models.

The Toyota RAV4 SUV offers slightly more usable cargo space than the Mazda CX-5 model, with 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space with occupied rear seats, compared to 30.8 cubic feet of cargo space available in the Mazda CX-5 when all seats are occupied. However, there’s more leg and hip room in Mazda CX-5 vehicles, making them an ideal choice for those with frequent passengers. Learn more about Mazda CX-5 cargo space to see how this cargo area expands when you fold the second-row seats down.

If you’re ready to get into an elegant and sophisticated crossover, lease a new Mazda CX-5 from Gunther Mazda today.

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4 Interior and Features


Which has more cargo space: the Mazda CX-5 or the Toyota RAV4 SUV?

The Toyota RAV4 model provides more overall cargo space than the Mazda CX-5 model. The RAV4 SUV has a maximum of 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. The Mazda CX-5 provides a maximum of 59.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. However, the Mazda CX-5 provides more spacious seating for rear-seat passengers.

What is the ground clearance of the RAV4 compared to the Mazda CX-5?

The Toyota RAV4 has 8.4 inches of ground clearance in its entry-level trim, which is a little over an inch higher than the ground clearance of the Mazda CX-5. The Mazda CX-5 offers a minimum ground clearance of 7.6 inches, so you can still comfortably take it off the beaten path for camping or another weekend outdoor adventure.

Which is better: the Mazda CX-5 or the Toyota RAV4 SUV?

For discerning drivers seeking elegance, sophistication, and advanced tech features, the Mazda CX-5 stands out as the preferred choice. Although both vehicles are strong contenders, the Mazda CX-5 offers powerful performance, luxury features, standard i-ACTIV AWD®, and cutting-edge technology that enhances both safety and convenience, making it a stylish and smart choice. Test drive a Mazda CX-5 model today.

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1Towing capacities shown are maximums and must be reduced by the weight of any passenger, cargo hitch or optional equipment in the towing vehicle. Please refer to vehicle Owner’s Manual for details regarding towing capacities and other valuable information. Towing a trailer will have an effect on the vehicle’s handling, braking, durability, performance and driving economy. For specific information on recommended or required equipment, see your Mazda Dealer. Hitches are available through manufacturers other than Mazda.

2Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions in your Owner’s Manual. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment. “Added vehicle equipment” includes additional standard/optional equipment and accessories added by the manufacturer, dealers, and/or vehicle owners. The only way to be certain of your vehicle’s exact curb weight is to weigh your vehicle without passengers or cargo. [Calculated with the new SAE J2807 method.] Installation of a tow hitch receiver or other accessories located near the rear bumper or side-door kick sensors may require disabling or removing the kick sensor, and the sensor operation setting in your vehicle should be turned off. See Owner’s Manual for limitations.


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