2016 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5

If you're shopping for an SUV, then you should consider either the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek or the 2016 Mazda CX-5. Both vehicles are highly rated and often compared.

In this vehicle comparison for drivers in Montclair, Clifton, and Bloomfield, we're going to look at features such as engines, interior space, technology and entertainment, and safety. By the end of this article, you'll have a better idea of what each SUV offers and which one you'd like to test drive.

Power and Performance

The Subaru Crosstrek features a DOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER® engine, which is a flat-laying engine that optimizes stability by giving you better balance and better control. It even offers a quieter, smoother ride due to the low center of gravity. The Crosstrek also features standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and hybrid options are available.

The Mazda CX-5 offers a SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder 16-valve engine that features a direct fuel injection, which helps to limit the amount of fuel that enters the combustion chamber. The CX-5 only comes standard with front-wheel drive. In rough weather and slippery conditions, you'll want all-wheel drive for the added safety. The Subaru Crosstrek offers this.

Interior Space and Seating

In terms of passenger space, the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek and the Mazda CX-5 can hold five people, though the Crosstrek offers more front legroom, with 43.5 inches compared to the CX-5's 41 inches, for more comfortable seating.

Entertainment Technology

The Subaru Crosstrek features the STARLINK® multimedia center. This package has a 6.2-inch touchscreen display, HD® Radio, a CD player, and a USB port for external media use. The Mazda CX-5 features an AM/FM radio, a CD player, and a USB port.

In terms of entertainment, the Crosstrek has an advantage over the CX-5 with the STARLINK® system. Not only does it feature a touchscreen display, but it also features HD® Radio, which allows for a crisper, clear sound for standard radio stations.

Convenience Technology

The Subaru Crosstrek and the Mazda CX-5 each feature a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system that can stream audio through the stereo system. Both vehicles also feature a multi-information trip computer display that shows speed, fuel usage, and tire pressure monitoring.

An advantage that the Subaru Crosstrek has over the Mazda CX-5 is the steering wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth®, and cruise controls. The CX-5 only features cruise control accessibility with its steering wheel.

In terms of convenience, the Crosstrek offers more. The steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth® controls allow you to be in control of the music and to make or receive calls, all without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel.

Safety Features

As far as active safety features go, you already know that the Subaru Crosstrek offers Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, but that also includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution with Vehicle Dynamics Control and Brake Assist. The Mazda CX-5 features front-wheel drive with Stability Control, anti-lock brakes, and Brake Assist.

The Crosstrek has the advantage with its all-wheel drive, but it also features Rollover Mitigation, which senses wheel lift and acts swiftly by applying the brakes to prevent a rollover. The Mazda CX-5 doesn't offer this feature.

In terms of collision protection, the Subaru Crosstrek features dual front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags for pelvis and torso protection, and a driver's knee airbags. The Mazda CX-5 offers front airbags, front side-impact airbags, and side-impact curtain airbags. The Crosstrek offers more protection with the bonus of the driver's knee airbag.

Looking at safety ratings, the Subaru Crosstrek and the Mazda CX-5 were both voted Top Safety Picks based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test ratings. The ratings for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA0, however, tell a different story. The Crosstrek received an overall five-star rating in NHTSA crash tests, while the CX-5 only received an overall four-star rating.

When it comes to the safety of you and your passengers, as well as others on the road, you don't want to take any chances, which is why the Crosstrek's better crash test scores overall are a plus.

Security Features

In terms of safety, both the Subaru Crosstrek and the Mazda CX-5 feature an anti-theft system with an engine immobilizer, which prevents someone from starting your car without the specific key needed. Both vehicles also feature a keyless entry system, which makes getting into your car easy because you don't have to dig your keys out of your pocket or purse.

Test Drive the Crosstrek at Lynnes Subaru

In this vehicle comparison, you've learned that the Subaru Crosstrek offers more compared to the Mazda CX-5 when you're in the market for a new SUV. From more legroom to better safety scores to additional convenience technology, driving the new Crosstrek can feel like a dream.

Schedule a test drive of the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek today at Lynnes Subaru, proudly serving drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton, and Bloomfield area. Visit our showroom today at 379 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ.

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