2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring vs. 2013 Toyota Rav4 XLE
The compact crossover segment isn’t new, but the quality, features and value this segment represents for today’s buyers are making it one of the fastest growing segments in America. We’re comparing two of the hottest models in our 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring vs. 2013 Toyota Rav4 XLE showdown. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring enters the ring edging out Rav4 in the engine bay with greater horsepower and torque. Adding to the stronger engine is CX-5’s fuel efficiency, making CX-5 the choice for performance and economy. Closing out the performance matchup the CX-5 offers 500lbs greater towing capacity with a maximum tow rating of 2,000lbs to Rav4’s 1,500lbs.
Both the Rav4 and CX-5 send power to the front wheels through 6-speed automatic transmissions and both models can also be had with all-wheel drive. Climb behind the wheel and head out on the road and the Mazda’s handling prowess quickly shows as its handling is sportier than most compact crossovers; then again it is made by people who believe a vehicle should be exciting to drive, or it shouldn’t be made. In the 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring vs. 2013 Toyota Rav4 XLE showdown the Mazda’s handling bests the Rav4’s overly stiff and unforgiving setup, meaning in CX-5 you’ll not only enjoy corners but you’ll also enjoy the ride.