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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

Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited   
Difference: $404

Lowest Total Invoice

Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited   
Difference: $1,624

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 $28,795. The features would cost an additional $3,976. Including the destination charge of $850, the total price of this trim is $33,621.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring trim is $30,795. The features would cost an additional $3,226. Including the destination charge of $850, the total price of this trim is $34,871.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring trim is $33,795. The features would cost an additional $3,226. Including the destination charge of $850, the total price of this trim is $37,871.

The base sticker price of the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring trim is $28,570. The features would cost an additional $4,555. Including the destination charge of $900, the total price of this trim is $34,025.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table. (Additional notes)

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 $32,451 for 2.5i Limited, $32,691 for 2.5i Touring, and $35,591 for 2.0XT Touring. . The feature adjusted price of the Mazda CX-5 trims is $34,025 for Grand Touring. . 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.

Calculate Payments

  Down Payment Interest Rate Term
Model Year2016201620162016
ModelForesterForesterForesterCX-5
Trim2.5i Limited2.5i Touring2.0XT TouringGrand Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV
Base Price $28,795 $30,795 $33,795 $28,570
Base Invoice $26,955 $28,785 $31,569 $27,759
Navigation Package 1,350      
Eyesight Driver Assist System 795      
Cargo net 90 90 90 50
All-weather floor mats 72 72 72 100
Rear bumper protector 95 95 95 100
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  
Navigation and Eyesight Package   1,395 1,395  
i-ACTIVSENSE Package       1,500
Technology Package       1,155
Cargo tray       75
Roof rails       275
Navigation Package 1,157      
Eyesight Driver Assist System 663      
Cargo net 58 58 58 40
All-weather floor mats 46 46 46 80
Rear bumper protector 61 61 61 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  
Navigation and Eyesight Package   1,195 1,195  
i-ACTIVSENSE Package       1,335
Technology Package       1,028
Cargo tray       60
Roof rails       220
Options (show) (change) 3,976 3,226 3,226 4,555
Options (show) (change) 3,113 2,488 2,488 3,883
Destination 850 850 850 900
Total Price $33,621 $34,871 $37,871 $34,025
Total Invoice $30,918 $32,123 $34,907 $32,542

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

Lowest Adjusted Price and Invoice: Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: 1,574
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: 2,700
Model Year2016201620162016
ModelForesterForesterForesterCX-5
Trim2.5i Limited2.5i Touring2.0XT TouringGrand Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV
Engine170hp H4170hp H4250hp H4184hp I4
TransmissionCVT-6CVT-6CVT-8T6
DrivetrainAWDAWDAWDFWD
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)/ MPG/ MPG/ MPG/ MPG
Audio (watts, speakers440, 8440, 8440, 8225, 9
Tire (rear if not all the same)225/60-17225/55-18225/55-18225/55-19
Total Price33,62134,87137,87134,025
Adjustments for Features-1,170-2,180-2,2800
Feature-Adjusted Total Price32,45132,69135,59134,025
Cost Above Minimum02403,1400
Total Invoice30,91832,12334,90732,542
Adjustments for Features-1,076-2,008-2,1020
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice29,84230,11532,80532,542
Cost Above Minimum02732,9630

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Features Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5

Model Year2016201620162016
ModelForesterForesterForesterCX-5
Trim2.5i Limited2.5i Touring2.0XT TouringGrand Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV4dr SUV
Transmission and Drivetrain 
6-speed manually-shiftable CVT$1100$1100  
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT  $1100 
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic   $1100
AWD$1700$1700$1700 
FWD   $0
Accessories 
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
Blind spot warning system   $200
Following distance indicator   $25
Front seat active head restraints   $50
Hill descent control$250$250$250 
Knee airbag, driver$100$100$100 
Lane sway warning system$25$25$25 
Pedestrian detection$50$50$50 
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system$100$100$100 
Rear cross-traffic detection   $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
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 
Auto-dimming headlights   $200
Compass$0$0$0 
Illuminated visor mirror, driver   $50
Illuminated visor mirror, passenger   $50
Interior ambient lighting$150$150$150 
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only   $750
Steering-linked fog lights$75$75$75 
Steering-linked headlights   $150
Turn signals on or near mirrors $25$25$25
Visor mirror, driver$10$10$10 
Visor mirror, passenger$10$10$10 
Xenon HID headlights $500$500 
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 
Power release, second row seats $100$100 
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires 
Electronic systems calibration selector$200$200$200 
Sport suspension (upgrade)  $0 
Total Value of Features$5,745$6,755$6,855$4,575
Value of Feature Adjustments$1,170$2,180$2,280$0
Value of Feature Adjustments-1,076-2,008-2,1020

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Specifications Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5

Model Year20162016
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 Room0.0 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 Room0.0 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 Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Harman/Kardon, 440W, 8 speakers350No
Navigation system600Yes
Satellite radio200Yes
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
SMS text-to-speech reader50Yes
Traffic + travel information25No
Navigation map updates, three years0No
Total Requested95072%
Total Not Requested37528%
Eyesight Driver Assist System
FeatureValueRequested?
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100No
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Steering-linked fog lights75No
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25No
Lead vehicle start alert25No
Pedestrian detection50No
Total Requested130083%
Total Not Requested27517%

Option Package Details
Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring

Navigation and Eyesight Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100No
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Steering-linked fog lights75No
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25No
Lead vehicle start alert25No
Pedestrian detection50No
Navigation system600Yes
Satellite radio200Yes
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
SMS text-to-speech reader50Yes
Traffic + travel information25No
Navigation map updates, three years0No
Total Requested225088%
Total Not Requested30012%

Option Package Details
Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

Navigation and Eyesight Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100No
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Steering-linked fog lights75No
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25No
Lead vehicle start alert25No
Pedestrian detection50No
Navigation system600Yes
Satellite radio200Yes
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
SMS text-to-speech reader50Yes
Traffic + travel information25No
Navigation map updates, three years0No
Total Requested225088%
Total Not Requested30012%

Option Package Details
Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

i-ACTIVSENSE Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Auto-dimming headlights200No
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Following distance indicator25No
Total Requested130085%
Total Not Requested22515%
Technology Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Universal garage door opener100Yes
Auto-dimming rearview mirror150Yes
Steering-linked headlights150No
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
LED tail lights0No
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only750No
Total Requested45033%
Total Not Requested90067%

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