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Canada RAV4 vs CX5

Considering trading our Venza on either a RAV4 or CX5. Both are highly rated and we would likely be happy with either. Anyone have any comments either way? I know this being a Toyota forum most will praise the RAV4 but some may have already compared both and I would be interested in any comments. Would be a Limited in a RAV4 or a GT in a CX5.

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From my personal experience (I just bought a RAV4 today), Mazda dealerships are a lot less willing to negotiate on pricing, and they don't get as much promotions and deals as Toyota does.

I honestly wasn't really into the CX5 when I drove it. The Touring Model reminds me a lot of the RAV4 LE because it doesn't have all the accessories you get from the XLE (which costs just as much). The only major difference though is the Mazda comes with keyless start/door lock open.

Overall though, the CX5 looks better exterior wise, but interior wise I think the RAV4 is better. Also, the Mazda gets better gas mileage.

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EPA interior volume (passenger space):
RAV4: 140.3 cu.ft.
CX5: 103.8 cu.ft.

Cargo space (all seats in place):
RAV4: 38.4 cu.ft.
CX5: 34.1 cu.ft.

Cargo space (max):
RAV4: 73.4 cu.ft.
CX5: 64.8 cu.ft.

Comparing with the RAV4, CX5 is tiny inside. It actually has less passenger space than the Corolla and is only marginally bigger than the Yaris (!!!).

If you are looking for an SUV because you want more space for people and cargo than a car, than RAV4 has a clear advantage.
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I have read that the CX5 has more transmission issues than others. No hard proof but a little googling will certainly get your attention. The engine and trans in the RAV are well proven.

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I'm currently looking at both too. All the reviews from independent testers show the CX-5 is better. The testers only give negative reviews to the CX-5 for the rear seats space and cargo space.

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Anybody concerned about the results of the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash Test? Consumer Reports no longer recommends the Rav4 and a few others due to poor results in this test.

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/toyota/rav4

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My opinion, Consumer Reports blew it with a major over-reaction. The IIHS themselves retain the RAV as a Top Safety Pick. The IIHS factor in ALL of the crash tests, PLUS real world stats on overall safety in crashes such as rollovers, fatalities and injury insurance claims. RAV scores are great. They also note a heavier vehicle and the SUV design overall is safer in a crash. CR didn't do their homework this time, IMO.

The public has voted what they think as the RAV is still selling very well.

I WOULD consider the CX5, even though smaller, I like the MPG. But do a test drive--CR says it is relatively noisy. One other factor (not important to everyone) is resale value. The RAV will win that one hands down after 5 years of ownership, as Toy generally beats Mazda overall.
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My opinion, Consumer Reports blew it with a major over-reaction. The IIHS themselves retain the RAV as a Top Safety Pick. The IIHS factor in ALL of the crash tests, PLUS real world stats on overall safety in crashes such as rollovers, fatalities and injury insurance claims. RAV scores are great. They also note a heavier vehicle and the SUV design overall is safer in a crash. CR didn't do their homework this time, IMO.

The public has voted what they think as the RAV is still selling very well.

I WOULD consider the CX5, even though smaller, I like the MPG. But do a test drive--CR says it is relatively noisy. One other factor (not important to everyone) is resale value. The RAV will win that one hands down after 5 years of ownership, as Toy generally beats Mazda overall.
Well, we choose the RAV4 Limited with Tech package. Got a reasonable trade on our Venza and like the dealership. Arrives in about 6 weeks!

Drove the CX5 again and didn't like where my gas pedal leg hits the dash...would not work on long drives plus wasn't liking the shift patterns. Took a Forester out also, interior was bland but mainly didn't like the history of the 2.5 motor on oil consumption. Could have gotten used to the CVT.

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Nice! What color? To me, subjectively, the new RAV is the beauty of all the little SUVs. The kind where you have to go in the garage and check it from time to time. Great form and function.

Sounds like you did some thorough research. What did you think of the ride quality / noise level of the CX, or was Consumer Reports off the mark on that?
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Nice! What color? To me, subjectively, the new RAV is the beauty of all the little SUVs. The kind where you have to go in the garage and check it from time to time. Great form and function.

Sounds like you did some thorough research. What did you think of the ride quality / noise level of the CX, or was Consumer Reports off the mark on that?
Dark grey with terra cotta interior.

Ride quality, fine. Noise level a bit high but I put that down to tires as with the RAV4. I was more concerned with the driving position, seat comfort and throttle response.

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