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Toyota RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota RAV4

2015 Toyota RAV4
$428
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-5
$484
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 11th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $428 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the RAV4.

Excellent

The Mazda CX-5 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 5th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $484 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CX-5.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$428
inexpensive
very expensive
$484
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.5
not often
way too often
0.4
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
minor issues
major issues
8%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(45 Reviews)
(2 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(7)
4 star
(17)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(6)
1 star
(0)

The Toyota RAV4 ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recommended. It is a 5 speed manual transmission, which I have driven for more than 30 years of experience ...”

Rating Details
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(0)
4 star
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3 star
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2 star
(1)
1 star
(1)

The Mazda CX-5 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.

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“I researched and rented 8 different cars before deciding on this one. My first brand new car ever purchased. I'm disappointed that all materials read on this car were just fluff. My prior car was a...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5 are both compact SUVs, but each has its own priorities. While the RAV4 has become successful for being the reliable, utilitarian choice, the CX-5 is more of an upscale driver’s machine.

Just as with Mazda’s MX-5 Miata sports car, the CX-5 has been designed to give its driver the feeling of being one with the vehicle. The CX-5 has agile handling, encouraging you to explore its capabilities. Its new G-Vectoring Control helps pull you around corners in a way that other compact SUVs — the RAV4 included — just can’t manage. The CX-5 has more horsepower than the RAV4, and has a higher towing capacity. It also comes with a nicer interior, comparable with a luxury car.

The RAV4 bests the CX-5 in cargo space, both behind the rear seats and with the rear seats folded, thanks to a lower floor. It offers comparable safety features to the CX-5’s.

If utility and space are your primary concern, then the Toyota RAV4 is for you. Otherwise, you might prefer the Mazda CX-5.


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