2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Subaru Outback 

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Subaru Outback

As far as the compact crossover market goes, the Mazda CX-5 remains an easy choice for many Memphis vehicle shoppers. That’s because the CX-5 offers a range of technology and luxury features that’s rare for the segment. Still, the Subaru Outback attracts its fair share of admirers with a nice entourage of safety systems and features. See how the rivaling lines size up in our 2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Subaru Outback crossover model comparison, or check out our Mazda CX-5 inventory here at the Gwatney Mazda dealership.

It’s not often you find a model that does active safety as well as its Mazda rival, but it appears the Subaru Outback isn’t your typical crossover. Both the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Subaru Outback feature forward-collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist standard as part of their respective safety suites. For that, we give Subaru our nod of approval, but there’s much more to see in this model comparison.

2020 Mazda CX-5 


2020 Subaru Outback  

$25,190  Starting MSRP  $26,645 
25 city / 31 highway  Fuel Economy  26 city / 33 highway 
2.5L SKYACTIV®-G inline-4  Base Engine  2.4L turbocharged flat-4 
187 hp, 186 lb-ft  Horsepower / Torque  182 hp, 176 lb-ft 

Comparing the Performance and Feature Highlights of the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Outback 

The potent base engine of the Mazda CX-5 ranks among the top of the segment for standard horsepower. That standard SKYACTIV® engine is impressive in its own regard, but we recommend the available SKYACTIV®-G Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine for a truly invigorating drive. Now with even more torque for 2020, the turbo engine is rated for 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Pair that with the model’s sophisticated standard torque-vectoring technology and the result is sharp handling and responsive performance.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 also has a more lavish interior with more standard equipment show for it. The CX-5 provides ample features even from the base level, including a 7-inch central touchscreen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and push-button start. As you move up the lineup, more upscale features make an appearance like the Bose® 10-speaker surround sound system, dual-zone climate control, Nappa leather seating and genuine wood accents. You won’t find this same grade of sophistication in the 2020 Subaru Outback.

The results are in! If you’re seeking a small SUV that excels in performance, handling and standard equipment, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover is your ideal match. Drivers with more questions on the Mazda CX-5 in Memphis, TN can reach out to the Gwatney Mazda team for additional support.

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