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2017 Mazda CX-5 V. 2017 Toyota RAV4

 Determining which compact crossover SUV best suits you can be a hard task considering the number of choices in the segment. To lend you a hand, we at Apostolakis Mazda put together a comparison between two of the top contenders: the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and the 2017 Toyota RAV4. And, in several ways, the Mazda CX-5 effortlessly comes out on top.

When it comes to performance, the RAV4 struggles to keep up with the brawn of the Mazda CX-5. Housed beneath the Toyota RAV4's hood is a respectable 2.5L 4-cylinder powertrain, which achieves 176 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque. However, it is just no match for the Mazda CX-5's SKYACTIV®(1)-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that is worth a compelling 187 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. This much strength in the 2017 Mazda CX-5 doesn't just create a thrilling ride, as it also lets you take advantage of a maximum 2,000-lb. towing capacity(2). The Toyota RAV4, once again, fails to retaliate, as it features just a maximum 1,750-lb. towing capability(3). 

The next section in this head-to-head battle between the Mazda CX-5 and the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is exterior amenities. Although the RAV4 tries with all of its might, it just can't reach the same level of practicality as the Mazda CX-5. Standard on this model are vibrant LED headlights, whereas the RAV4 features simple halogen headlights - LED headlights are only offered in top trims. Furthermore, the Mazda CX-5 even integrates turn signal indictors on its side mirrors for an added safety measure. If you're in the Toyota RAV4, you won't have access to these amenities until higher trim levels.

In terms of interior features, it comes as no surprise the several advantages that the Mazda CX-5 has over the RAV4. As a standard offering, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 boasts a convenient Push Button Start, which turns your engine on and off in one swift movement. Although the RAV4 offers this as well, it only does so in top models. And, when it comes to cargo and passenger versatility, you'll have more of it in the Mazda CX-5, considering it comes equipped with a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat, which lets you configure the interior to your liking with the utmost ease. The Toyota RAV4 lags behind, as it outfits just a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, limiting your capabilities.

This concludes our comparison between the 2017 Mazda CX-5 vs 2017 Toyota RAV4 in Cortland, OH. Without a doubt, we at Apostolakis Mazda constitute the Mazda CX-5 as the winning contender! Come on down to our dealership to learn more about this exceptional vehicle today.


(1) SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation.

(2) Up to 2,000 lbs. of towing capacity. Towing 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 may have an effect on 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.

(3) Before 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.






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