The 2022 Mazda CX5 and 2022 Subaru Crosstrek stand out as top choices when it comes to budget-friendly SUVs with the best quality. They are vehicles made with the latest technology to give users comfort and all the stability that you need on the road. While both SUVs are state-of-the-art vehicles made with the best technology around, they still share a number of similarities that made them unique. This article contains a detailed comparison of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2022 Mazda CX-5.

Subaru Crosstrek

Mazda CX-5


Both SUVs have desirable interiors that provide drivers with luxury and much-needed comfort. The Mazda 2022 CX-5 keeps most of the features of the 2021 model, with new additions. The interior sports suede upholstery is complete with delicate stitching. This is complete with air-conditioning louvers to keep the air cool through your ride, and a wireless Qi-charging tray for your devices. The luxurious new additions include Nappa leather with real woodgrain.

The Subaru Crosstrek has a very luxurious interior with elegant upholstery that you are sure to feel comfortable sitting in. Made of StarTex upholstery, the interior is not only luxurious but also water-repellant. The Subaru Starlink multimedia provides you with all the entertainment that you need, be it podcasts, music, or even navigation. You do not have to bother about your device’s operating system is compatible as the Android Auto Integration and Apple CarPlay works for both Android and iOS respectively. The multimedia feature is located on the dashboard, so you do not have to worry about taking your eyes off the road.


One similarity that the two SUVs share is their All Wheel Drive design. They were produced with great balance in mind, keeping the vehicles stable even on slippery routes. Owing to the AWD feature, both vehicles are suited to a wide range of terrains. The  Crosstrek is powered by a 2.5-liter direct-injection Subaru boxer engine. This engine is powerful and gives you enough mileage as it provides 182 horsepower, and 176 lb-ft of torque. These features give the Crosstrek a fuel efficiency of 34MPG and over 500 miles in driving range. For more efficiency, the Subaru boxer engine can be paired with a CVT or even a six-speed manual transmission system.

The Mazda CX-5 runs on a turbocharged engine that can get the vehicle running at 60mph within 6.6 seconds. This 2.5-liter turbo engine is a four-cylinder engine that delivers 250 horsepower with an impressive 320 lb-ft of torque. This is not all, as the SUV has a 2.5-liter base engine that delivers 187 horsepower with 186 lb-ft of torque. The Mazda CX-5 also has an all-new feature which is the Mi-Drive, also known as the Mazda intelligent Drive Select. The Mi-Drive is a technological system that enables drivers to select the preferred vehicle performance, making use of an in-cabin switch.

The all-new Mi-drive feature and higher horsepower, as well as the turbo engine, suggest that the latest Mazda CX-5 slightly edges out the Subaru Crosstrek when it comes to performance.


Most modern cars have safety-driving technology and these SUVs come with great safety features. The Crosstrek has features such as a lane departure warning which alerts the driver when the car is leaving its original lane, automatic emergency braking applies brakes when an obstacle is spotted. Other safety-driving features include lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. These features have undergone NHTSA testing, earning a five-star safety rating.

The Mazda CX-5 has similar safety-driving technology features like advanced blind-spot monitoring, that informs you when the SUV is in a blind spot. Lane-keeping assists, that alert the driver when the car moves beyond the lane marker. Automatic emergency parking prevents collision, by applying brakes when an obstacle is spotted. Other technologies include rear cross-traffic alert and intelligent cruise control.

Roof Rails

An efficient feature that aids cargo carriage when driving with luggage is the roof rail. With a roof rail on your SUV, you have one less worry when it comes to travel. Subaru Crosstrek comes with an effective roof rail, that can hold items such as cloth boxes, luggage as well as skis, and kayaks. The Mazda CX-5 however does not come with a roof rail. This makes the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek a better choice for travel.


The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Mazda CX-5 are budget-friendly SUV options, which makes them quite affordable. There is however a slight difference in their prices. The MSRP for the Mazda CX-5 starts from $27,125 while the Subaru Crosstrek’s MSRP starts from $25,195. If you are on a strict budget, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is the cheaper option


It is clear from the comparison above that both the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Mazda CX-5 are both excellent choices of budget-friendly SUVs. While the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes at a more affordable price offering cargo carriage space through roof rails, the CX-5 ultimately edges it out. The Mazda SUV has a powerful engine, along with the unique Mazda intelligent Drive Select, making it an irresistible choice. Whatever car you choose, it is sure to be a good choice. Simply make your selection based on your needs and preference.

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