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2014 Mazda CX-5 vs Subaru Outback

My new wife and I are considering our first car together. We don't have kids, but plan to within a 2-3 years. We kind of like the look of the CX-5 better, but the Outback might be more practical? Is the CX-5 big enough for kids, down the road? Which one's value hold longer? Is maintenance higher on one? Which one should we buy!?!



  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 43,443
    edited February 2014

    If you haul a lot of tires, the CX-5 is definitely the one to choose. :D

    2014 Mazda CX-5: Useful for Hauling Tires Again

    The one in the Edmunds long term fleet seems to be plenty roomy and seems to be holding up well.


    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me -

  • We just traded a 2008 Subaru Legacy for a new 2014 CX-5. Our Subaru had 49,000 miles and showed $13,500 on KBB as far as trade value. We were shocked how little interest dealers had in Subaru's though. We got $11k for it but not easily. Several dealers told us that Subaru lags behind Mazda and the other Japanese brands in real world resale value. We love the CX-5 by the way. And we have a 4 year-old - no issues with a car seat. Good luck!

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