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Spec-sheet brawl: Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5

No turbos, no problem
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The all-new Subaru Forester has been launched, ushering in a turbo-less era for one of the industry’s best AWD crossovers.

Now, whether we’ll miss the outgoing model’s turbocharged kick remains to be seen—we’ll have to drive the new car extensively in the Philippines first. But so far, we’re liking what we’re seeing: It’s still AWD, has an overhauled interior, and now comes available with EyeSight safety tech.

All of the above should help keep the Forester right in the thick of the competition in the local market. And speaking of the competition, the Mazda CX-5 isn’t just going to sit idly by and watch this newcomer hog the limelight.

Mazda’s crossover, launched in 2017, remains one of the top-of-mind choices for those looking for a sporty, refined crossover experience. Like the all-new Forester, it doesn’t come with a turbo, but it offers some of the most impressive driving dynamics in its segment. It definitely helps that the CX-5’s interior is one of the nicest around, too.


For this spec-sheet brawl, we’re basing things on price. The closest variants in terms of cost, with only P18,000 separating them, are the Forester i-L EyeSight (P1,698,000) and the CX-5 SkyActiv G 2.0 Pro FWD (P1,680,000).

One major advantage the Forester has is that it comes with AWD across the entire range, whereas the base CX-5 is only FWD. But on the other hand, the Mazda’s interior—with leather seats and one of the best infotainment systems in the business—is still arguably nicer, even with the Forester’s updates (although of course, this is subjective).

Check out each car’s specs below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Subaru Forester i-L EyeSight

Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv G 2.0 Pro

Price (Philippine peso) 1,698,000 1,680,000
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine 2.0-liter DOHC gasoline 2.0-liter DOHC gasoline
Power 154hp @ 6,000rpm 153hp @6,000rpm
Torque 196Nm @ 4,000rpm 200Nm @ 4,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 63 56
Transmission CVT 6-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated discs Ventilated discs/solid discs
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Double-wishbone Multilink beam
Wheels 17-inch alloys 17-inch alloys
Tires 225/60 R17 225/65 R17
Seats Leather Leather
Audio system 8-inch touchscreen 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers
Climate control Automatic Automatic
Airbags Driver and passenger, side, curtain Driver and passenger, side, curtain
Dimensions (mm) 4,625 x 1,815 x 1,730 4,550 x 1,840 x 1,675
Ground clearance (mm) 220 185
Wheelbase (mm) 2,670 2,700

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