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Compare the 2016 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Mazda CX-5

Vehicle Comparison


2016 Toyota RAV4

2.5-liter 4-cylinder

2016 Mazda CX-5

2.0-cylinder 4-cylinder

2016 Toyota RAV4


2016 Mazda CX-5

Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)

2016 Toyota RAV4


2016 Mazda CX-5

Trailer Sway Control

2016 Toyota RAV4


2016 Mazda CX-5


2016 Toyota RAV4 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

A compact crossover requires good performance for at least two reasons. The vehicle must be agile enough to maneuver through heavy and often complex traffic patterns on the highway and in the city. It must also have the stamina and carrying capacity to fuel adventures in environments that are not so controlled. Both the 2016 Toyota RAV4 and the 2016 Mazda CX-5 provide these advantages. However, compare their details to uncover which one is worthy of your purchase.

Advantages of the 2016 Toyota RAV4

Which Compact SUV is more powerful?

The engine drives performance with both vehicles featuring 16 valves, dual overhead cams, and Variable Valve Timing (VVT). The efficiency of their powerplants grants either one an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II rating. But the 2016 Toyota RAV4 uses dual VVT with intelligence and its larger 2.5-liter capacity to push out 176 horsepower at 6,000 RPM, which is more than the 2.0 liters and 155 horsepower at 6,000 RPM offered by the 2016 Mazda CX-5.

Who has more space?

You'll get enough seating for five adults in either crossover with the 2016 Toyota RAV4 excelling in cargo capacity at 73.4 cu. ft. compared to 65 cu. ft. with the seats folded down. Leave the seats up and the Toyota RAV4 grants you 38.4 cu. ft. for your adventure equipment. Interior pluses for the Toyota include available multi-stage heating and SofTex® trim for the front, an available driver's seat that power adjusts in eight ways with memory function, and sporty accents like paddle shifters and a black headliner.

What vehicle has more control?

When you need to haul a trailer, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 provides Trailer Sway Control, which detects if your trailer is moving from side to side when you travel downhill. The feature prevents the problem by applying brakes as needed. On slopes, Hill Start Assist momentarily holds the brakes as you move your foot to the accelerator, so you don't roll downhill. The Mazda CX-5 lacks both technologies.