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Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5 Price Comparison (MSRP)

The sticker prices, before adjusting for remaining feature differences. Usually these are the numbers you will see on the window stickers.

Models in short supply often sell at or even above these prices.

Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5 Invoice Comparison

Lowest Total Price: $34,500

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring   
Difference: $346

Lowest Total Invoice: $31,987

Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited   
Difference: $935

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  Down Payment Interest Rate Term
Model Year2017201720172016
ModelForesterForesterForesterCX-5
Trim2.5i Limited2.5i Touring2.0XT TouringGrand Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV
Base Price $29,195 $31,295 $34,295 $28,570
Base Invoice $27,321 $29,243 $32,028 $27,759
Navigation and Eyesight Package 2,945 1,595 1,595  
Cargo net 90 90 90 50
Rear bumper protector 95 95 95 100
All-weather floor mats 72 72 72 100
Door sill trim plates 38 38 38 125
Cargo cover 182 182 182 200
Auto-dimming rearview mirror 199 199 199  
Class II trailer hitch 634 634 634 425
Remote start 445 445 445 550
Universal garage door opener 76 76 76  
Technology Package       1,155
i-ACTIVSENSE Package       1,500
Cargo tray       75
Roof rails       275
Obstacle detection, rear       475
Navigation and Eyesight Package 2,498 1,366 1,366  
Cargo net 58 58 58 40
Rear bumper protector 61 61 61 80
All-weather floor mats 46 46 46 80
Door sill trim plates 24 24 24 100
Cargo cover 118 118 118 160
Auto-dimming rearview mirror 129 129 129  
Class II trailer hitch 475 475 475 340
Remote start 333 333 333 440
Universal garage door opener 49 49 49  
Technology Package       1,028
i-ACTIVSENSE Package       1,335
Cargo tray       60
Roof rails       220
Obstacle detection, rear       380
Options (change) 4,776 3,426 3,426 5,030
Options (change) 3,791 2,659 2,659 4,263
Destination 875 875 875 900
Total Price $34,846 $35,596 $38,596 $34,500
Total Invoice $31,987 $32,777 $35,562 $32,922

The configured Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

The configured Mazda CX-5 4dr SUV

Even when the Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5 are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The base sticker price of the Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited trim is $29,195. The features would cost an additional $4,776. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $34,846.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring trim is $31,295. The features would cost an additional $3,426. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $35,596.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring trim is $34,295. The features would cost an additional $3,426. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $38,596.

The base sticker price of the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring trim is $28,570. The features would cost an additional $5,030. Including the destination charge of $900, the total price of this trim is $34,500.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Forester trims is 3. The feature adjusted price of the Mazda CX-5 trims is 4. Based on this adjustment, the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

The configured Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

The configured Mazda CX-5 4dr SUV

Even when the Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5 are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The invoice of the Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited trim is $27,321. The features would cost an additional $3,791. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $31,987.

The invoice of the Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring trim is $29,243. The features would cost an additional $2,659. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $32,777.

The invoice of the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring trim is $32,028. The features would cost an additional $2,659. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $35,562.

The invoice of the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring trim is $27,759. The features would cost an additional $4,263. Including the destination charge of $900, the total price of this trim is $32,922.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Forester trims is 2. The feature adjusted price of the Mazda CX-5 trims is 2. Based on this adjustment, the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

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TrueDelta Value Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5

Lowest Adjusted Price: Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring
Lowest Adjusted Invoice: Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: $2,939
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: $3,895
Model Year2017201720172016
ModelForesterForesterForesterCX-5
Trim2.5i Limited2.5i Touring2.0XT TouringGrand Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV
Engine170hp H4170hp H4250hp H4184hp I4
TransmissionCVTCVTCVT-8T6
DrivetrainAWDAWDAWDFWD
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)/ MPG/ MPG/ MPG/ MPG
Audio (watts, speakers)440, 8440, 8440, 8225, 9
Tire (rear if not all the same)225/60-17225/55-18225/55-18225/55-19
Total Price$34,846$35,596$38,596$34,500
Adjustments for Features-3,225-4,035-4,3350
Feature-Adjusted Total Price$31,621$31,561$34,261$34,500
Cost Above Minimum$60$0$2,700$0
Total Invoice$31,987$32,777$35,562$32,922
Adjustments for Features-2,960-3,715-3,9940
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice$29,027$29,062$31,568$32,922
Cost Above Minimum$0$35$2,541$0

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Features Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5

Model Year2017201720172016
ModelForesterForesterForesterCX-5
Trim2.5i Limited2.5i Touring2.0XT TouringGrand Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV
Transmission and Drivetrain 
CVT$1000$1000  
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT  $1100 
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic   $1100
AWD$1700$1700$1700 
FWD   $0
Accessories 
Heated steering wheel $100$100 
Lead vehicle start alert$25$25$25 
PIN Code Access $10$10 
Power liftgate$350$350$350 
Proximity key $250$250$250
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety 
911 assist   $25
Active or whiplash-reducing head restraints, front seats   $0
Backup collision intervention$250$250$250 
Following distance indicator   $25
Hill descent control$250$250$250 
Knee airbag, driver$100$100$100 
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based$200$200$200 
Lane sway warning system$25$25$25 
Pedestrian detection$50$50$50 
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system$100$100$100 
Torque vectoring / active trace control  $100 
Vehicle health reports$0$0$0 
Climate Control and Infotainment 
Dual-zone climate control $125$125$125
Navigation map updates, three years$0$0$0 
Rain-sensing wipers   $175
Siri Eyes Free support$0$0$0 
Surround sound   $250
Telematics service, such as OnStar$300$300$300 
Traffic + travel information$25$25$25 
Traffic information   $25
Variable intermittent wipers$75$75$75 
Wiper de-icer$25$25$25 
Exterior 
Sunroof   $900
Sunroof, large$1100$1100$1100 
Wheel-lip moldings   $75
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors 
Compass$0$0$0 
Interior ambient lighting$150$150$150 
LED headlights$1000$1000$1000 
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only   $750
Turn signals on or near mirrors $25$25$25
Powertrain 
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controls  $100 
Seats and Interior Trim 
Manual height adjuster, passenger seat   $50
Manual recliner, second row seats$75$75$75 
Memory system, driver seat $200$200 
Power release, second row seats $100$100 
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires 
Sport suspension (upgrade)  $0 
Terrain selector$200$200$200 
Total Value of Features$7,000$7,810$8,110$3,775
Value of Feature Adjustments$3,225$4,035$4,335$0
Value of Feature Adjustments-2,960-3,715-3,9940

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Specifications Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5

Model Year20172016
ModelForesterCX-5
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Wheelbase103.9 in106.3 in
Length180.9 in179.3 in
Width70.7 in72.4 in
Height66.4 in65.7 in
Curb Weight3,297 lb.3,213 lb.
Fuel Capacity15.9 gal.14.8 gal.
Row 1 Headroom41.4 in40.1 in
Row 1 Shoulder Room57.0 in57.5 in
Row 1 Hip Room53.9 in55.2 in
Row 1 Legroom43.0 in41.0 in
Row 2 Headroom39.8 in39.0 in
Row 2 Shoulder Room56.5 in55.5 in
Row 2 Hip Room53.0 in53.7 in
Row 2 Legroom38.0 in39.3 in
Cargo Volume,
Minimum
34.4 ft334.1 ft3
Cargo Volume,
Maximum
74.7 ft364.8 ft3

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Option Package Details
Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited

Navigation and Eyesight Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Steering-linked headlights150Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Upgraded instruments0No
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
LED headlights1000No
Backup collision intervention250No
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200No
Pedestrian detection50No
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100No
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25No
Lead vehicle start alert25No
Traffic + travel information25No
Navigation map updates, three years0No
Navigation system600Yes
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
Harman/Kardon, 440W, 8 speakers350No
Total Requested265057%
Total Not Requested202543%

Option Package Details
Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring

Navigation and Eyesight Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Backup collision intervention250No
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200No
Pedestrian detection50No
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100No
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25No
Lead vehicle start alert25No
Traffic + travel information25No
Navigation map updates, three years0No
Navigation system600Yes
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
Total Requested230077%
Total Not Requested67523%

Option Package Details
Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

Navigation and Eyesight Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Torque vectoring / active trace control100No
Backup collision intervention250No
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200No
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Pedestrian detection50No
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100No
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25No
Lead vehicle start alert25No
Traffic + travel information25No
Navigation map updates, three years0No
Navigation system600Yes
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
Total Requested230075%
Total Not Requested77525%

Option Package Details
Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Technology Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Universal garage door opener100Yes
Auto-dimming rearview mirror150Yes
Steering-linked headlights150Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
LED tail lights0No
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only750Yes
Total Requested1350100%
Total Not Requested00%
i-ACTIVSENSE Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Following distance indicator25No
Total Requested150098%
Total Not Requested252%

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