2020 Subaru OutbackFeatures & Specs2020 Mazda CX-5
All-wheel driveDrivetrainFront-wheel drive
Continuously variable-speed automaticTransmission6-speed automatic
18.5 gal.Fuel capacity14.8 gal.
8.7 in.Ground clearance7.5 in.

2020 Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5

Now is the perfect time to get out there and start searching for your next vehicle. When it comes to SUVs, that can be a tricky selection, especially with all of the great options that are on the market today. We're here to look over two of the top competitors, and help you figure out which one you should be driving home. The first of these SUVs is the 2020 Subaru Outback, which was completely redesigned, features an available turbocharged engine, offers great safety features, and has a new Starlink infotainment system. The other option is the 2020 Mazda CX-5, which comes with added driver-assist technologies, a reduction in noise and vibration, and more standard equipment for the Sport model. To find out the winner, continue reading down below.

2020 Subaru Outback Power & Handling

Under the hood of the 2020 Outback is one standard engine. This engine is a 2.5-liter flat-4, which is actually new to the Outback! You'll be getting up to 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, which works alongside an active torque-vectoring system, and hill-descent control. The standard transmission is a CVT, which we love almost as much as we love the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. When it comes to power and capability, it's impossible to argue against the Outback. No matter the weather, and no matter if you're even on the road at all, this SUV has you covered.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Power & Handling

Mazda has a lot to make up for, which is why the CX-5 is offered with three different available engines. The standard is a 2.5-liter inline-4, which comes with 186 lb-ft of torque and 187 hp. Another option is a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4-, which offers 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. The final engine is a twin-turbocharged diesel 2.2-liter inline-4. You'll be getting up to 290 lb-ft of torque and 168 hp. All-wheel drive is not standard, which means you'll need to add that in as an option if you want that confidence when driving. You'll also only be getting a six-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Subaru Outback Features & Design

Four main trims come with the redesigned Subaru Outback. The base trim, called Base, includes cloth seats, 17-inch aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, roof rails, automatic full LED headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. There's even the EyeSight suite, which comes with lane-centering, collision-avoidance, and other driver-assistive technologies. Higher trims come with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, passive keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate, rear-seat USB ports, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a power sunroof, and a front and rear wiper de-icer system.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Features & Design

The Mazda CX-5 attempts to keep up with the options and trims of the Outback by offering five trim levels. Standard features, found with the CX-5 Sport, include cloth seats, automatic LED headlights, a 7-inch infotainment display, advanced driving aids, and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Other features that are available include a power sunroof, rear privacy glass, heated rear seats, a power rear liftgate, a Bose premium sound system, premium leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a navigation system. While the feature options aren't the worst, we're disappointed in the lack of any special editions.


As you can tell, the 2020 Subaru Outback comes with a confidence and a type of capability that is impossible to replicate. The standard engine and the available trim levels have been chosen with care, as have all of the features that can be found throughout. Are you ready to get behind the wheel of the 2020 Outback? Stop by our dealership and let our friendly salespeople help you out!

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