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Wondering how the 2016 Mazda CX-5 compares to the 2015 Toyota RAV4? Laird Noller Hutchinson has some important information for you! In this article, we'll be exploring some of the things that differentiate these two crossovers.
When it comes to safety, the new CX-5 is in a league of its own in comparison to the RAV4. It has extras like optional Smart City Brake Support and optional E911 to connect automatically with emergency personnel in the event of an emergency. And it was named a "Top Pick Plus" for 2014 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The RAV4 didn't perform as well in IIHS safety tests and was not recognized by the institute.
In the performance department, the 2016 CX-5 excels too. It beats the RAV4 at acceleration, according to Car and Driver. And it performs better in Car and Driver and AutoWeek brake tests. It also has things like a longer wheelbase and speed sensitive variable assist power steering, which give it an edge in terms of handling.
The new RAV4's not without its charms, of course. It does have some extras like reclining rear seats and a maintenance reminder system. However, we think it just doesn't quite go above and beyond in the same way the new CX-5 does.
Laird Noller Hutchinson believes the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is the cream of the crop in its class. If you think you agree with us, we encourage you to take a test drive in one of our CX-5 models soon!