2014 Mazda CX-5

A surprise winner in the 2014 Mazda CX-5 vs 2013 Toyota RAV4 comparison

Consumer reports compared the latest compact crossovers from Mazda and Toyota. Which do you think Consumer Reports chose, the CX-5 with the new engine, or the all-new RAV4? We break it down in detail.

When Mazda updated its crossover line-up last year with the 2013 CX-5 it appeared it may overtake the RAV4 as the sporty, fun to drive choice in the segment. Mazda came at Toyota with a fresh design and the chassis was designed for driving crispness and a sporty feel. However, the Mazda CX-5 had one major problem. The Engineers went way too far with their Skyactive treatment and when we test drove it, the vehicle felt very, very slow. The 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine with only 155 hp was not up to the task. That has changed and as we explain below, Consumer Reports had an interesting take on the new vehicle.

Toyota for its part completely redesigned the RAV4 for this model year and it offered the fresh new look and sporty ride like the CX-5 does, but it too is held back by its four cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower. The vehicle is so close to being fun, but all the reviews point out the old RAV4 had more than enough power with the 6 cylinder, dropped in the redesign, and was just a little shy with the 4-cylinder that it now offers as the only engine.

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