2020 Subaru OutbackFeatures & Specs2020 Mazda CX-5
18.5 gal.Fuel Capacity 15.3 gal.
8.7 in.Ground Clearance 7.5 in.
32.5 cu. ft. Cargo Space 30.9 cu. ft.
57.4 in.Rear Shoulder Room54.8 in.

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Mazda CX-5

With all the different SUV models that are on the market today, it can be hard to know which one to choose. Fortunately, we are here to help make your decision a little easier by comparing two of the best out there. The Subaru Outback is a powerful SUV with a ton of technologically advanced options and drivers safety features, and the Mazda CX-5 comes with some attractive visuals and quality features as well. Both of these SUVs would make great additions in your driveway, but only one can be crowned champion. Continue reading to find out which one comes out on top.

2020 Subaru Outback Power & Handling

Two wonderful engine options are available for the 2020 Subaru Outback. The first three trims come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that rips out 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. All XT trim models provide consumers with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder that pumps out an impressive 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Best of all, both of these engines pair with all-wheel-drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission. If you're looking for fuel-efficiency, the Outback has you covered as it can get up to 33 mpg on the highway.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Power & Handling

Two engines are also available for the Mazda CX-5. The first is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is equipped with front-wheel drive only. The Grand Touring and Signature trims get a little more powerful turbocharged version of the same engine that allows for 227 horsepower or 250 horsepower on premium gas. The turbocharged engine comes with all-wheel-drive as standard. Fuel efficiency is impressive at 31 mpg on the highway, but that is less than that of the Subaru Outback.

2020 Subaru Outback Features & Design

A whopping six trim levels are available for the Subaru Outback, and they each come with an impressive amount of features. Standard on the base are LED headlights, keyless entry, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. You also get a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio connectivity, and safety features such as adaptive cruise control and front collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Premium trims up the ante with dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats. Tech features include an impressive 11.6-inch touchscreen. The Premium also opens the door to more safety options, including a power liftgate, navigation, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. At the midway point is the Limited, which adds to the fun with leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions, reverse automatic braking, rear air vents, and a Harman Kardon audio system. Available options for the Limited include a heated steering wheel, navigation, and Subaru's DriverFocus driver monitoring system. Touring versions get more interior upgrades such as ventilated front seats and upgraded leather upholstery. Last but not least, is the three XT trim that comes with hill descent control, a front-view monitor, heated rear seats, and upgraded exterior cladding.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Features & Design

Five trims are available for the Mazda CX-5. Standard on the Sport are LED headlights, push-button ignition, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a four-speaker sound system. For the 2020 season, all trims of the CX-5 also get Mazda's i-Activsense of advanced safety features. The Touring trim of the CX-5 gets keyless entry, a power-adjustable driver's seat, simulated-leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Optional is a Touring Preferred package that comes with a sunroof, a power liftgate, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. All of the above features come with the Grand Touring, and it also has leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, driver-seat memory functions, and an upgraded driver information display. The Grand Touring also gets a package that has a head-up display, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Moving to the Grand Touring Reserve adds all the Grand Touring's optional features as well as a larger 8-inch touchscreen. Last up is the Signature, which has premium leather upholstery, a surround-view camera, and front and rear parking sensors.


Though there is a lot to like about both models, we are going to give the victory to the 2020 Subaru Outback. The engine options are more fuel-efficient, and the six trim levels offer you more features than the CX-5's four. To fully experience the Subaru Outback, we first recommend checking out our full review and then heading down to the dealership to take a test drive! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff want nothing more than to put you behind the wheel of the 2020 Outback!

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