Cruise into A New 2024 Ride: Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5

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Compare The New 2024 Subaru Outback vs 2024 Mazda CX-5 Models

Finding a new daily driver or weekend warrior can be quite the task. Not only do you have different body styles to compare, but there are so many brands out there to consider as well. Here at Byers Airport Subaru, we know the Subaru Outback is a sought-after model, and there are a ton of different Outback models cruising the road. With the renowned BOXER ® engine, safety features like the EyeSight ® suite of driver assist technology, and a bevy of interior comforts, it’s easy to see what makes the Outback such a popular model. The 2024 Outback is here to deliver, and we’ve got the breakdown here for what’s new to you from Subaru. But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve pitted the 2024 Outback against a top contender, the 2024 Mazda CX-5, so you can see how the Outback compares and get a clear vision of everything the Outback has to offer you. When you’re ready give us a call to schedule a test drive or stop in and see our complete inventory in person. We are always available to answer any questions and if you have other concerns, like financing or what parts and accessories are available, our experts are here to help every step of the way.

Green Outback with bikes on roof driving on dirt road

2024 Subaru Outback vs 2024 Mazda CX-5: Design & Exterior Features

Both the 2024 Outback and the 2024 CX-5 come standard with 17-inch wheels, with the option to upgrade to a larger size. LED steering responsive headlights and fog lights are only available on the Outback, and the CX-5 has LED daytime running lights. As you climb trim levels on either model, power folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators are available. Roof rails are a standard feature on the Outback, with the Outback Wilderness trim managing to haul an additional 700 lbs of static weight, and are not offered on the CX-5. A moonroof is available on higher trims of both models.


2024 Outback cell phone and USB ports

2024 Subaru Outback vs 2024 Mazda CX-5: Comfort & Technology

The 2024 Outback has 75.6 cubic feet of cargo volume inside with the rear seats folded down, which is over 15 cubic feet more than what you will find inside the 2024 CX-5. Heated front seats are available in the Outback, a feature you will also find inside the CX-5. Dual-zone climate control is available on higher trim levels of the Outback, and comes standard with the CX-5 from the base model on up. Ventilated front seats are available on higher trims of both models.

STARLINK® multimedia is standard fare in the Outback, with dual 7-inch screens on the base model and the option to upgrade to an 11.6-inch screen with navigation on higher trim levels. The CX-5 has a similar infotainment system with the Mazda Connect.

2024 Outback towing camper

2024 Subaru Outback vs 2024 Mazda CX-5: Performance

The 2024 Outback comes standard with a 2.5L flat BOXER® that produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb/ft of torque. You can upgrade to a 2.4L turbo engine for a mighty 260 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque. A Lineartronic® CVT, symmetrical all-wheel drive and X-MODE® are all standard fare on the Outback. The 2024 CX-5 offers two different 2.5L engine options, and you can upgrade as you bump up trim levels. All-wheel drive is standard fare across the lineup for the CX-5. While the CX-5 can tow up to a max of 2,000 lbs, the Outback from the base level on up can tow 2,700 lbs and select trims can tow as much as 3,500 lbs!


2024 white Outback safety features

2024 Subaru Outback vs 2024 Mazda CX-5: Safety

The 2024 Outback received honors from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning an overall 5-star crash safety rating. Although the newest model year has not yet been rated by the IIHS, the 2023 Outback was awarded the coveted title of Top Safety Pick+, the institute’s highest honor. With so many features ever changing and improving such as the EyeSight® suite of driver assist technology, the 2024 Outback is expected to perform as well if not better than previous years. The 2024 CX-5 is currently unrated by either association. Available safety features on the Outback include a 180-degree front view monitor and the DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System. The CX-5 has a similar front vision camera, but there isn’t a suite of safety features included with the CX-5 like there is in the Outback.

2024 Subaru Outback vs 2024 Mazda CX-5: Overall Value

The 2024 Subaru Outback has a total of nine unique trim levels to select from, with a starting MSRP of $28,895. The Outback offers exceptional safety features from the base trim on up, powerful performance, and a bevy of integrated technology and interior comforts. The 2024 CX-5 has a slightly higher starting MSRP of $29,300, however you are missing some of the benefits that go hand in hand when you trust Subaru engineering, such as some of the best safety features on the market. When you’re ready to see how the new Outback handels beneath your fingertips, stop in and see all of our available models in person here in Columbus. We’re here to help you slip into a new Subaru! Give us a call or stop by today.

Feature 2024 Subaru Outback 2024 Mazda CX-5
Starting MSRP* $28,895 $29,300
Standard Horsepower 182 187
Standard Torque (lb/ft) 176 185
Max Towing Capacity 2,700 lbs 2,000 lbs
Standard Ground Clearance 8.7 Inches 7.6 Inches
All-Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Standard Fuel Economy 33 Highway / 26 City 31 Highway / 26 City
Standard Multimedia Display Dual 7 Inches 10.25 Inches
Roof Rais Standard Unavailable
Water-Repellent Upholstery Available Unavailable

*MSRP does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title, and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features, and models subject to change without notice. Select colors may be subject to an additional charge. See your retailer for more information.

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