The 2023 Mazda CX-50 and the Toyota RAV4 go head-to-head, competing for the top spot as the best SUV. Both vehicles are ready to provide the driver with a unique driving experience while offering fantastic features and capabilities. However, one of the vehicles will be declared as the superior option. When taking a close look at the two SUVs, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 comes out as the ideal SUV. Continue reading to learn why customers favor the 2023 Mazda CX-50 over the Toyota RAV4.
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 has a starting price of $26,800, which is a fantastic deal when considering the amenities drivers will be receiving when purchasing this vehicle. There's something for everyone to love; from the innovative driving and interior technology to the robust performance, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 excels driver's expectations with each drive.
When stepping into the 2023 Mazda CX-50, drivers are greeted with a 10.25-inch center-mounted display that grants access to a list of applications, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, contacts, playlists, and maps! To pair with the touch screen is the Bose Premium Audio System to immerse drivers and passengers in a listening experience like no other. In addition to the technology, the SUV includes an array of comfort features that consist of dual-zone climate control with a pollen filter, a heated steering wheel, available heated seats, a 6-way manual driver's seat, and a Terracotta leather-trimmed interior for superior style and comfort.
Alongside the technology is the state-of-the-art safety system that is designed to provide drivers and passengers peace of mind. The i-Activsense Safety system consists of driver-assistive features and accident prevention measures that include adaptive front lighting, automatic high-beam control, adaptive radar cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. Furthermore, the Mazda CX-50 is equipped with an advanced airbag system that is strategically built inside the vehicle to ensure the driver and passengers remain upright, and with emergency dialing with roadside assistance, drivers can access emergency authorities should an accident arise.
Lastly, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 has two engine options to choose from to ensure you get the most out of your drive. The standard SKYACTIV-G 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder engine produces 187 horsepower. The alternative SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine with Twin-scroll Turbo and i-stop technology produces 227 horsepower. In addition to these engine options, the SUV comes fitted with various driving modes, including normal, sport, off-road, and the available towing mode with a max capacity of 3,500 lbs to take on heavy-duty jobs with ease. With the powerful performance offered, drivers can experience an unparalleled driving experience regardless of where they go.
The main competitor in the SUV market is the Toyota RAV4 which has a starting price of $26,975, making the vehicle slightly more expensive than the 2023 Mazda CX-50. However, even with a slightly higher price tag, drivers will soon find that the SUV offers fewer features and performance capabilities.
Upon entering the cabin of the Toyota RAV4, drivers are met with a 9-inch multimedia display that provides access to applications including navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Additionally, the Toyota RAV4 has notable comfort features: dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated seats, and an available leather-trimmed package. These characteristics are similar to the 2023 Mazda CX-50 but lack certain technology that can further convenience drivers and passengers.
Besides the technology is the safety system within the Toyota RAV4. The features included are a pre-collision system, cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure alert, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist. Though these features are helpful, they are heavily driver-assistive and lack accident prevention measures taken within the 2023 Mazda CX-50.
Lastly, when reviewing the Toyota RAV4 from a performance aspect, you'll learn it is not as versatile and adaptable as the 2023 Mazda CX-50. There are two engine options to choose from, starting with the 4-cylinder that produces 176 horsepower. The alternative 4-cylinder DOHC engine produces 203 horsepower. Overall, the Toyota RAV4 still fails to uphold the power brought by the 2023 Mazda CX-50. Like its competitor, the Toyota RAV4 has drive modes that include eco, sport, snow, and normal. However, even with the similarities, it does not provide the adaptable driving capability within the Mazda CX-50.
After comparing both SUVs, it becomes evident that either SUV is capable of providing a powerful ride while remaining efficient. Nevertheless, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 takes the title as the superior choice. The SUV offers more interior features that take comfort and convenience to a new level, and the performance of the SUV gives drivers more control on the road when they need it. So there's no reason to miss out on the unique ride the 2023 Mazda CX-50 delivers! Be sure to call Mazda of Lodi for more information or visit our dealership today!