2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2018 Mazda CX-5 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Front Leg Room

  43.1 in.

Fuel Capacity

  16.6 gal.


2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5

Front Leg Room

  41.0 in.

Fuel Capacity

  14.8 gal

2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

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Both the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 are compact SUVs and have a lot to offer, but there are several differences between the two vehicles.

Safety

When it comes to safety, both the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 are highly rated. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 have both received a 2018 IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick. With that being said, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has received better overall ratings from the IIHS than the 2019 Mazda CX-5. For example, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has received an A rating for both its headlights and it child seat anchors ease of use. While an A rating means acceptable and is two ratings above a poor rating, it is still below a G (good) rating or a G+ (good+) rating. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has received a G rating for its headlights and a G+ rating for its child seat anchors ease of use, meaning that it ranks higher than the 2018 Mazda CX-5 in both categories. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has also received a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), while the 2018 Mazda CX-5 only received a 4-star overall safety rating. That means that the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has received better overall safety ratings than the 2018 Mazda CX-5 from 2 of the top vehicle safety organizations in the world

Turning Diameter

While often overlooked, one aspect of a vehicle's performance is its turning diameter. A vehicle's turning diameter is the radius of the smallest circular turn that a vehicle can make. That dictates how much room it takes for a vehicle to rotate a full 360 degrees. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has a 36-foot turning diameter, and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has a 35.4-foot turning diameter. That means that requires slightly less room for a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek to make a full 360-degree turn than the 2018 Mazda CX-5.

Fuel Tank Capacity

The size of a vehicle's fuel tank is another aspect of the vehicle that is usually overlooked. It affects how much gas a vehicle can hold and effects the number of times you will have to go to the gas station. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has a 16.4-gallon fuel tank capacity, and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 has a 14.8-gallon fuel tank capacity, which gives the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek the edge in total fuel tank capacity.

While both vehicles are well made and have many things to offer, I recommend the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek over the 2018 Mazda CX-5. I recommend the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek because the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has a greater fuel tank capacity, a smaller 360-degree turning radius and better overall safety ratings than the 2018 Mazda CX-5. If you would like to test drive a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, then visit us a Suburban Subaru. At Suburban Subaru, we take pride in our work and will gladly help you find the vehicle that is right for you.


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