If you're like many other drivers in the Englishtown, Manalapan and Marlboro areas, you already know the benefits of a crossover. The interior space is far superior to a sedan, yet the vehicle is much easier to maneuver than a full size SUV. The popularity of crossovers has increased dramatically over the past several years, leading to an incredibly competitive market. Because of that, finding the right crossover for your needs can be challenging.

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 are two of the best crossovers available, but only one can be the best for your needs. Learn about the differences between these two crossovers by consulting our helpful Subaru Crosstrek vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison and discover which works best for you. Feel free to contact our team with questions or comments.


Regardless of which crossover you choose among these two, you're going to have a reliable ride. However, you deserve much more than simply making it to your destination. You deserve efficiency, and the Crosstrek has the advantage. The Crosstrek exceeds the CX-5 in terms of fuel economy especially in the city. It receives an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city compared to the CX-5's EPA-estimated 23 mpg city. Highway economy is additionally separated by 4 mpg in favor of the Crosstrek maxing out at an EPA-estimated 33 mpg.

The Crosstrek, like all Subarus, features a BOXER engine with AWD standard. Subaru has made it a point to equip every vehicle in their roster with the means to conquer hazardous conditions and keep control firmly in the driver's hands. The BOXER engine features horizontal-oriented pistons that absorb the vibrations from each other, offering a more efficient distribution of power. You can be sure you're getting the most out of your Crosstrek. The CX-5 has no such innovation.

If you plan on taking your crossover off-road, the Crosstrek is the only choice. The CX-5 performs tremendously as long as you stay firmly on the pavement. However, the Crosstrek was outfitted with off-road features like X-Mode with Hill Descent Control. With this feature, you can optimize your drivetrain to maintain control on slippery slopes and rough terrain. The Crosstrek will even take care of acceleration and braking for you. All you have to do is steer. That's not possible in the CX-5.


Your primary concern in any vehicle should be safety. Fortunately, both of these vehicles are incredibly safe with an abundance of driver assistance features. The results aren't in yet for the 2018 Crosstrek, but the 2017 Crosstrek earned a 5-star overall safety rating. The new model is largely the same, so you can reasonably expect the same result. The CX-5, on the other hand, only earned a 4-star overall safety rating.

In terms of driver assistance features, the CX-5 has plenty. One of the most useful is the Smart City Brake Support, automatically applying the brakes if an impending collision is detected. However, the EyeSight system of the Crosstrek can do the same and more. This system monitors traffic in real time, providing automatic adjustments when using cruise control and when you start exiting your lane without signaling. It can also, of course, provide pre-collision braking in emergency situations.

Test Drive the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

With its exceptional performance and Subaru's unrelenting dedication to safety, the Subaru Crosstrek vs. the Mazda CX-5 comparison ends with a clear winner. Reading about all the Crosstrek can offer will only get you so far, however. The best way to understand is to experience it for yourself. If you live in the Englishtown, Manalapan or Marlboro area, you can at Freehold Subaru.

Stop by and our friendly team will be glad to show you the Crosstrek or any other vehicle in our expansive inventory. Visit us or call (888) 811-7604 to schedule your test drive today!

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