The compact crossover segment offers a wide range of options, but two of the most consistently popular are the Mazda CX-50 and the Toyota RAV4. While both SUVs deliver plenty of power and style, you can only drive one of them home–which will it be? In this guide, Schomp Mazda helps you determine the better fit for your Denver and Aurora drives by comparing the 2024 Mazda CX-50 vs. Toyota RAV4 side by side.
With a starting MSRP of $30,300, the Mazda CX-50 gives you maximum bang for your buck. It comes loaded with premium performance capabilities, distinctive style inside and out, and tech-forward features that enhance comfort, connectivity, and safety on Centennial roads and beyond.
Inside the Mazda CX-50, you’ll enjoy more front and rear headroom and legroom than what Toyota offers. You also get a premium eight-speaker sound system or Bose® 12-speaker audio system, depending on the configuration. Compared to the six-speaker Toyota system, you can expect a next-level listening experience. Also, the Mazda CX-50 is equipped with enhanced safety and convenience features unique to the brand, like Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Smart Brake Support.
As far as performance, every Mazda CX-50 comes standard with the automaker’s legendary i-ACTIV AWD®. All-wheel drive is only standard on select RAV4 models and is a pricey upgrade on others. The Mazda gives you turbocharged engine options, while the Toyota does not.
The 2024 Toyota RAV4 is a worthy competitor, but when you compare the finer points of the Mazda CX-50 vs. Toyota RAV4, you’ll see that it doesn’t provide quite the same level of performance, comfort, or style. It’s true that the Toyota has a lower starting price of $28,475 for the entry-level LE trim, but you have to consider what you’re getting for your hard-earned dollar.
The cabin of the RAV4 LE includes an eight-inch multimedia touchscreen, 60/40 split reclining fold-flat rear seats, and three USB ports in the front only. In contrast, the Mazda CX-50 base-level trim gives you a 10.25-inch full-color display, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks with remote control, and dual USB ports in the front and back. These are just a few examples of the superior features of the Mazda CX-50.
While you’ll find hybrid powertrain options with the Toyota, the Mazda boasts standard all-wheel drive and available turbocharged engines. If you’re looking for a highly efficient hybrid SUV from Mazda, check out the Mazda CX-90 PHEV!
Now that you’ve sized up the Mazda CX-50 vs. Toyota RAV4, you know Mazda is the clear winner. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Come see the Mazda CX-50 in action today with a test drive around Denver. Already sold on the Mazda CX-50? Apply for financing and value your trade-in now to streamline the buying process. Once you experience this world-class SUV, we know you’ll agree that it is without rival!
*MSRP includes $1,275 destination charge (Alaska $1,320) and excludes tax, title, license fees. Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.NHTSA.gov).
***i-Activsense® safety features are not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. There are limitations to the range and detection of each safety feature. Safety features vary based on vehicle package and trim combinations. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.