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Features Comparison: Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model CX-5 CX-5 CX-5 Forester Forester Forester
Trim Sport Touring Grand Touring 2.5i 2.5i Premium 2.0XT Premium
Engines (show)  
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
155 hp@6000
150 lb-ft@4000
         
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
184 hp@5700
185 lb-ft@3250
     
2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
       
turbocharged
2.0L H4
DOHC-4v
250 hp@5600
258 lb-ft@2000
         
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manual      
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic      
CVT        
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT          
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD      
AWD
Tires (show)  
225/65HR17 tires      
225/55VR19 tires          
225/60HR17 tires      
225/55HR18 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 4 speakers        
Unbranded, 6 speakers    
Bose, 225W, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.      
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.          
Cruise control  
Lead vehicle start alertPrompts the driver when the vehicle ahead of the car has started moving away, a sign that the light has turned green.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.        
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
911 assistAutomatically contacts 911 through a linked cell phone in the event of a severe collision.      
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.  
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.          
Automatic braking, low-speedAutomatically brakes car to avoid low-speed collisions.      
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.        
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.          
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.      
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.          
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Knee airbag, driver      
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.          
Lane sway warning systemAlerts driver when the car is weaving within the lane.          
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.      
Pedestrian detectionWarns driver of pedestrians in path of car.          
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.          
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.  
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo area partition netNet extending from the floor to the ceiling to prevent cargo from flying into the passenger area during sudden stops.      
Cargo cover
Cargo net      
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.      
Cargo tray      
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof rackIncludes side rails and crossbars.          
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.        
Roof railsNo crossbars.  
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.      
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.          
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.          
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.          
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.  
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.      
Pandora internet radio connectivityRequires connected compatible phone.      
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.        
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.    
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.    
Surround sound        
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.          
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.        
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.    
Voice control for audio system          
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.      
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.        
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.      
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Deep-tinted rear windows    
Metal accent plate, lower front fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.      
Metal accent plate, lower rear fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.      
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.      
Paint, special red      
Paint, special white      
Rear bumper protector
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.    
Sunroof        
Sunroof, largeReplaces and includes value of smaller sunroofs.        
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.      
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirrorPassenger-side rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.        
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.    
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.      
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.        
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.        
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.      
Interior lights, additionalOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.      
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights      
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.        
Steering-linked headlightsHeadlights swivel when steering wheel is turned.        
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors      
Visor mirror, driver    
Visor mirror, passenger    
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.        
Powertrain (show)  
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.      
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.          
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench    
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench        
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row    
Door sill trim plates      
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats      
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.          
Leather-wrapped steering wheel      
Manual height adjuster, driver seat        
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable lower back support.          
Manual recliner, second row seats        
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat    
Power height adjuster, driver seat    
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.      
Power recliner, driver seat      
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.    
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.          
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.

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Option Package Contents

Bluetooth Audio Package

Features
Bluetooth cell phone link
HD radio
SMS text-to-speech reader
911 assist
Bluetooth audio streaming
Voice control for audio system
Pandora internet radio connectivity

Moonroof / Bose Package

Features
Sunroof
Surround sound
Bose, 225W, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

Technology Package

Features
Automatic braking, low-speed
Speed limit information
Navigation system
Universal garage door opener
Steering-linked headlights
Xenon HID headlights
Alarm
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information

Technology Package

Features
Automatic braking, low-speed
Speed limit information
Navigation system
Universal garage door opener
Steering-linked headlights
Xenon HID headlights
Alarm
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Adaptive cruise control
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed
Forward collision alert
Lane sway warning system
Lead vehicle start alert
Pedestrian detection

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Satellite radio
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information
App support

All Weather Package

Features
Heated mirrors
Heated front seats
Wiper de-icer

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