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If you’re searching for a crossover SUV, you’re sure to see a multitude of contenders within the ever-expanding class. It takes a lot to stand out from such a competitive crowd, so the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 both deserve recognition for earning high praise from drivers and critics. Both of these SUVs offer some appealing attributes, but which one goes the extra mile with lasting value and quality? Let’s take a closer look to find out.
While crossovers are expected to complement SUV space with sedan handling, no other member of this class can deliver the agile performance and athletic handling of the CX-5. The SUV grips the road with confidence as it cuts through curves and corners, and it always feels reassuringly balanced on winding pathways. Its spirited maneuverability makes it a thrill to drive, while crowded roadways and congested parking lots are no trouble at all thanks to its responsive steering. The RAV4 provides a generally smooth ride, although it can’t match the decidedly sporty performance of the Mazda. It also allows a notable amount of outside noise to enter the cabin and potentially disrupt your onboard entertainment.
The CX-5 was designed with brilliant attention to detail, and its elegant curves and sophisticated styling flows from the exterior into its airy cabin. Mazda has furnished the CX-5 with upscale materials ranging from the plush contact surfaces throughout to the comfortable cloth upholstery. The RAV4 recently underwent a full redesign and it now sports a respectably appointed interior, although it doesn’t equal the refined fit and finish of the CX-5. Mazda offers authentic leather trim and suede inserts in their cabin, while the RAV4 only offers the option for synthetic leather if you’re not satisfied with the standard cloth seating.
Considering how these vehicles have measured out so far, it might be surprising to see that the CX-5 starts at a more affordable price than the RAV4. Mazda asks a low amount for a high value, proving that premium quality doesn’t have to be hidden behind exorbitant costs. The RAV4 sports a steeper price tag for its class, demanding more money while trailing its rival in terms of performance and interior quality.
If the Mazda CX-5 sounds like the right SUV for all your interests and requirements, we would be delighted to introduce it to you here in Pelham. Come see us at Med Center Mazda whenever you would like to see this beautiful crossover for yourself. While you’re here, we’ll take you on a tour and let you test drive the CX-5 so that you can experience true Mazda performance firsthand. Before you even set foot at the dealership, you can also get the financing process started by applying from home!