Comparison between the 2022 Mazda CX-5 and the 2022 Toyota RAV4

The Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 are two of our top-rated picks in the crowded compact SUV category. Each has a unique set of strengths, so let’s take a closer look at these two SUVs to see which might be right for you.

2022 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a sporty, semi-premium choice in compact SUVs. It boasts one of the best-looking interiors in its class, standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and a fun-to-drive experience, especially with the optional turbo engine. Pricing starts at $26,250. Price yours Where See listings near you.

Mazda CX-5 Highlights

Premium interior: The Mazda CX-5 has a premium interior without the high price tag. The premium interior design is something you might expect to see in a more expensive car, and the quality of materials is excellent for this price. It’s particularly stylish in the Turbo Signature model with features like Caturra Brown Nappa leather seats and real wood trim.

Lower base price: The CX-5 has a starting price of $26,250 and comes standard with all-wheel drive, while the more affordable all-wheel-drive-equipped RAV4 starts at $28,375. If your climate or activities dictate a need for all-wheel drive, the CX-5 can be a solid value proposition.

Pleasant to drive: The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most entertaining SUVs in its class to drive. Driving enthusiasts who need a practical SUV will appreciate the CX-5, especially when upgraded with the available 256-hp turbocharged engine.

2022 Toyota RAV4

2022 Toyota RAV4 SE

The Toyota RAV4 is America’s best-selling SUV for good reason. It’s safe, reliable and convenient, and its size is perfect for many drivers. Some of its best perks are the spacious interior and the wide variety in its model lineup, which includes two hybrids. Pricing starts at $26,975. Price yours Where See listings near you.

Highlights of the Toyota RAV4

Excellent fuel economy: The Toyota RAV4 gets great fuel economy regardless of your configuration. The Toyota offers two hybrid options (a conventional hybrid and the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid), while the Mazda offers no hybrid version. Even the least efficient variant of the RAV4 is still more efficient than the more efficient CX-5.

Spacious interior: The RAV4 has a larger interior than the CX-5 by a considerable margin. The Toyota has a few extra inches of rear legroom and a lot more cargo space compared to the Mazda. The RAV4 has approximately 7 cubic feet more cargo space behind the rear seats and a significant 10.5 cubic feet more maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded down compared to the CX-5.

Rugged TRD Off-Road Model: Although the CX-5 comes standard with all-wheel drive, it’s not really an off-roader. The Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road model has impressive off-road capabilities. In addition to standard torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, the TRD model comes with off-road suspension, all-terrain tires and a rugged appearance package.


Good safety ratings, standard Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, similar driver-assist tech specs


The Toyota RAV4 is more practical and family friendly, thanks to its larger cabin and better fuel economy. However, the Mazda CX-5 is the sleeker and more athletic choice, especially with its available turbo engine. What’s right for you depends on your priorities.

2022 Mazda CX-5 2022 Toyota RAV4
Starting price $26,250 $26,975
Popular powertrains
Engine 2.5 liter 4 cylinder 2.5 liter 4 cylinder
Powerful 187 hp at 6000 rpm 203 hp at 6,600 rpm
Couple 186 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm 184 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
fuel economy 24 city/30 highway/26 mpg combined 27 city/35 highway/30 mpg combined
Also available 2.5 liter turbo-4 Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, AWD
Basic warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Maximum seating capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 106.2 inches 105.9 inches
Total length 180.1 inches 180.9 inches
Lenght 72.6 inches 73.0 inches
Height 65.6 inches 67.0 inches
Turning diameter 36.0 feet 36.1 feet
Headroom, front 39.7 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, rear 39.0 inches 39.5 inches
Leg room, front 41.0 inches 41.0 inches
Leg room, rear 39.6 inches 37.8 inches
Shoulder room, front 57.1 inches 57.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 54.8 inches 56.4 inches
Cargo volume 30.8/59.3 cubic feet 37.6/69.8 cubic feet

Abdul J. Gaspar