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2024 Subaru Forester vs. 2024 Mazda CX-50 Comparison – Kelley Blue Book

Compact SUVs are among the hottest-selling vehicles for good reason: They bring good value, efficiency, easy driving manners, and enough space and practicality to meet the needs of most people. But some drivers want a bit more off-road capability. In that area, both the Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-50 stand out from the pack with their standard all-wheel drive, enhanced off-road chops, and rugged persona. But how do they stand out from each other? Let’s take a look.  

2024 Subaru Forester

2024 Subaru Forester in green on GMR.

The Subaru Forester has long been the hiking boot in a segment of sneakers. It is unapologetically utilitarian, boasting a boxy design long before that styling came back in vogue. Like every other Subaru SUV, the Forester includes a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, plus ample ground clearance of 8.7 inches that enables it to scramble confidently across tricky terrain and snow-packed roads. The 2024 Forester also boasts an appealing starting price: $27,095.

The Forester is available in half a dozen trims, from the appropriately named Base model to the well-equipped Touring at the other end. All are powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine, putting out 182 horsepower.

Subaru Forester Highlights

Cargo room: Subaru knows its audience, one that is truly active. From loading kayaks on the roof to dogs in the hatch area, Subaru owners are the epitome of the active lifestyle crowd. The Forester accommodates a lot of gear with 74.2 cubic feet of room in the back with the seats folded.

Wilderness trim: This version adds even more off-road hardware and attitude to the Forester with increased ground clearance (9.2 inches), all-terrain tires, and double the towing capacity of other trims: 3,000 pounds.

EyeSight safety system: Every Forester model has this suite of active driver assistance and safety systems that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Forester models for sale near you.

2024 Mazda CX-50

2024 Mazda CX-50 next to a white fence.

The Mazda CX-50 is a fresh face in Mazda’s lineup, joining just last year. Though it is similar in size and name to the longstanding Mazda CX-5, the new CX-50 leans into the adventure vibes that many shoppers seek. It distinguishes itself with beefy and scratch-resistant fender flares, high-strength roof rails, and enhanced ground clearance (8.3 to 8.6 inches, depending on trim). Pricing begins at $30,300.

In the past few years, Mazda has made all-wheel drive standard on all its SUVs, just like Subaru. The CX-50 also has a dedicated off-road mode that optimizes the powertrain for dirt duty. Yet across its eight trims, the CX-50 retains what fans of the brand know as its “Mazda-ness.” That is to say, it’s also highly engaging to drive on the road, too. Nowadays, Mazda-ness also means interior and exterior design that looks like a page out of the luxury car handbook.

Mazda CX-50 Highlights

Turbo engine: This optional engine seriously emboldens the CX-50 with up to 256 horsepower and a mighty impressive 320 lb-ft of torque. Those are significant upgrades over the standard engine’s 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.

Premium interior: If you haven’t stepped inside a Mazda in the past few years, prepare to be impressed. From supple materials and elegant lines to the way the steering wheel and various knobs feel, the Mazda CX-50’s cabin is a wonderful place to reside.

Impressive tech: From the latest active safety features to a 3-year complimentary trial of Mazda Connected Services that lets you monitor the vehicle from a phone or smartwatch, the CX-50 boasts tech that is cool and convenient.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the CX-50 models for sale near you.


The Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-50 are all-wheel-drive 5-seat SUVs with a rugged attitude. They both have high resale values and identical warranty coverage.


As similar as these two compact SUVs are, they also have unique personas and traits. Those who enjoy the pure act of driving might be drawn to the CX-50 for its optional turbo engine and a traditional 6-speed – not a continuously variable – automatic transmission. The 2024 Subaru Forester, even in its last year before an all-new version arrives, still attracts with its rugged capability, superior interior space, and adventurous persona.

Assessing which traits appeal most to you will help you decide between two excellent contenders.

2024 Subaru Forester  2024 Mazda CX-50
Starting Price $27,095  $30,300
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower 182 hp @ 5,800 rpm 187 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 176 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 185 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission CVT 6-speed automatic 
Fuel economy 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway/29 mpg combined 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/27 mpg combined
Also Available Turbo 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles  3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles  5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety 5-Star  5-Star
Max Seating Capacity 5  5
Wheelbase 105.1 inches 110.8 inches
Overall Length 182.7 inches  185.8 inches
Width 71.5 inches  72.9 inches
Height 67.5 inches  63.9 inches
Turning Diameter 35.4 feet  36.0 feet
Headroom, Front 41.2 inches  38.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.6 inches  37.5 inches
Legroom, Front 43.3 inches  41.7 inches
Legroom, Rear 39.4 inches  39.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.1 inches  55.9 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd Row 57.2 inches  53.6 inches
Cargo Volume Rear Seat Up/Down 28.9/74.2 cubic feet   31.4/56.3 cubic feet

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