Compare Subaru Outback vs. Mazda CX-5

Compare the 2019 Subaru Outback to the 2019 Mazda CX-5

If you're looking for a new SUV to make your life more fun here in Marquette, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with options. Two popular choices are the Subaru Outback and the Mazda CX-5. If you're wondering how you can decide which one is right for you, we've got you covered!

We put together a quick comparison of the Subaru Outback and Mazda CX-5 so you can easily compare key aspects of these SUVs for life in Gwinn.

What's New for 2019?

The Subaru Outback gains several new features for this year, including adding the new EyeSight® safety system to the standard features list, as well as adding dual USB ports and a reworked driver information display.

The Mazda CX-5 brings a few new features including new engine options, optional technology features like Apple CarPlay, new trim levels, and new safety features.


The new Subaru Outback features a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine standard with a continuously variable transmission. If you're looking for added power, the Outback can be equipped with the 256-horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, also paired to a continuously variable transmission. The Outback also offers 8.7-inches of ground clearance which means you can go further off the beaten path here in Ishpeming.

The Mazda CX-5 features a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder standard, with an available 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 227-horsepower. Both engines come paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.


It wouldn't be a Subaru if the Outback didn't come standard with the legendary symmetrical all-wheel drive system that you love. All-wheel drive is beneficial for a number of reasons, most notably how it can help you maintain traction and grip even during snowy winters. Plus, the symmetrical all-wheel drive system will help improve your traction even on dry, smooth pavement by delivering power to the appropriate wheels when cornering, braking hard, and everything in between. The Mazda CX-5 offers all-wheel drive, but you have to pay extra to get it.

Another benefit to choosing the Subaru Outback is that the all-wheel drive equipped Outback earns comparable, if not better, fuel economy numbers to the front-wheel drive Mazda CX-5. If you opt for the all-wheel drive Mazda CX-5, you'll have even less efficiency.


The shining star of the Subaru Outback's interior is the STARLINK™ infotainment system that comes standard. You'll love having a beautiful touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Bluetooth, a USB port, hands-free text messaging, and more all included standard. This system is easy to use with intuitive menus and a responsive interface that make it easy to find just what you're looking for. Navigation and a larger touchscreen are available to add if you want.

A feature that seems promising at the start, is the MazdaConnect infotainment system, but falls short of the features and usability of the STARLINK™ infotainment system. To start, you'll get a 7-inch touchscreen, HD radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth all standard, so you'll have to spend extra to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which come standard on the Outback. Plus, the touchscreen on the Mazda CX-5 disables while you are driving, leaving you to use the confusing rotary knob to control the system.

Safety Features

For this new model year, the Subaru Outback comes standard with the EyeSight® safety system bringing you features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with sway warning, pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, and lane keep assist. Having all of these features lead the 2019 Outback to being named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS thanks to its superior front crash test prevention capabilities. Additional safety features you can add include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, LED steering responsive headlights, automatic high beams, and reverse automatic braking.

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 was also named a Top Safety Pick+ for 2019, but it comes with slightly less safety features standard. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed automatic braking. You'll have to spend extra to get adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, full-speed automatic emergency braking, and more.