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Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota Rav4

When it comes time to buy a new compact SUV, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and 2016 Toyota RAV4 are both at the top of the list. From power to affordability, there are a lot of reasons that these two powerhouse cars are some of the best on the market. When it comes time to choose, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 has the advantage. Here’s why.

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a better value

The starting price tags for the cars tell it all. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 starts at an MSRP of $21,795 and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,350. Naturally, that price goes up when you add features beyond the basic package, but this just means you could get a souped-up Mazda CX-5 for the price of a basic RAV4! The best part is that you get a lot more bang for your buck with the 2016 Mazda CX-5. Not only is it less expensive, it is the better car, as you’ll see below.

The Mazda CX-5 earns better gas mileage

In this face-off, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is the champion of gas mileage. At an estimated 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway, the Mazda CX-5 will have you driving past gas stations with a smile. Whether you’re driving around town or going on a long road trip, the Mazda CX-5 has the fuel economy to get you there and then some. On the other hand, the Toyota RAV4’s fuel economy of 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway can add up quickly. When you consider its lower overall price and the amount that you’ll save on gas, the Mazda CX-5 is miles ahead.

The Mazda CX-5 is better for the environment

The 2016 Mazda CX-5’s SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY puts it head and shoulders above other SUVs in terms of efficiency and environmental responsibility. SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, implemented in the engine, transmission, body, chassis, and braking system, not only makes the 2016 Mazda CX-5 more effective in all of these areas, but also reduces fuel emissions. It’s a ground up approach that demonstrates Mazda’s commitment to practical solutions in preparing for the future and being environmentally responsible right now. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 has a hybrid option, but the dubious environmental impact of hybrid batteries and the additional bulk are downright archaic compared to the streamlined SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY system.

Conclusion: The 2016 Mazda CX-5 wins!

There’s no denying that the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and 2016 Toyota RAV4 are both two of the best compact SUVs around, but when it comes down to it, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is the superior choice. The lower price tag gives you more bang for your buck, the better gas mileage has you filling up far less often, and the SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY has you saving the environment without sacrificing performance.

Want to see for yourself? Come test drive the 2016 Mazda CX-5 today at Bright Bay Mazda! We are located in Bay Shore, NY, and offer service to Huntington, Deer Park, Islip, and Amityville. Stop by our Mazda dealership today or give us a call at 855-327-2989 to schedule at test drive of the Mazda CX-5 SUV now!

Sources: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), www.mazdausa.com, www.toyota.com