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CX-5 vs Rav 4

I can get the CX-5 GT all in for 38K and the Rav 4 Limited for 43K with teacher benefits.

I see that most websites say he CX-5 is the better overall and better drive, but Rav 4s maintain their value longer.

Is the gap between Mazda and Toyota still that large?

Is the extra 4K for the Rav 4 really worth it?

And considering we're in June, should I just wait for the 2017 models, even though they will carry a higher interest rate?

Thanks guys
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CX5 is better period.
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CX-5 because

-Better looking
-More fun to drive
-Better fuel economy
-Higher quality interior materials
-Safer
-Cheaper price
-Made in Japan
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RAV4 is better. Look at JD power reliability ratings, CX 5 received only 2 points out of 5 which means cx5 reliability is below average while RAV 4 received 4 out of 5 which is above average

Cx5 base engine is underpowered. 2.5L has slightly better fuel economy. CX5 missing features like lane departure and adaptive cruise control

RAV4 is more spacious, smooth ride and comfortable seats

For the above reasons id pick RAV4.
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I test drove both recently and ended up buying a used Rav4 Ltd simply because the price was better. They both have their pros and cons. Other than price what drove my decision was more leg room in the back seats and cargo room in Rav4.
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Where is Rav 4 made?

I've seen 2014 Rav 4s going for more than 2016 CX-5s. Not sure what that's about lol
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Toyota for resale value. The best thing about Toyota ownership is when you sell it.
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Zero Hope wrote:
Jun 2nd, 2016 10:20 am
The best thing about Toyota ownership is when you sell it.
The best thing about Mazda ownership is when you drive it. :D
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My wife just bought the Mazda CX-5 GT and she loves it, which is saying something as prior to buying the car, she told me she didn't really care what car she drives.
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RAV4:
Better looking.
More comfortable.
Resale value.
Reliability.
Less prone to rust.
More dealerships to fix car if anything goes wrong.
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I would go with the RAV4 based on reliability as well as resale value.

Honestly, few people buys these two cars because of how "fun it is to drive", its usually more for utility/AWD/safety.
My experience with a 2016 RAV4 - decent overall - interior trim better than in the past but still has a fair bit of cheap plastic. Suspension is slightly stiff, and in terms of power - still slightly underpowered.
Gas economy is decent depending on how you drive it - I find you need to keep it in the higher RPM range if you want it to accelerate a bit.

The car does its job well and if you want a reliable car with no hassle ownership - I would still go with the RAV4.
Yes, you are paying more in the beginning - but you also will get more money back if you sell it down the road.
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peji911 wrote:
Jun 2nd, 2016 10:13 am
Where is Rav 4 made?
The RAV4 is made in Canada.

Woodstock, Ontario to be exact.
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The one thing that keeps me from buying a Toyota is the Windsor dealership. Least trustworthy bunch I've ever dealt with.
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RAV4 for sure, the limited edition is sweet as well. Resale value is higher as well as its reliability. I'm currently driving a new RAV4 2015 and do not regret it at all. Great ride.

Honestly the RAV4 looks better than the cx5 but it all comes down to preference.

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2 time CX5 owner. Love the vehicle. Very fun to drive and in my opinion is way nicer looking then the RAV4, though I'm biased because I never drove the RAV4.

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