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2021 Audi Q5 vs. 2021 Mazda CX-9 Review

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2021 Audi
Q5

MSRP*: $43,300 to $47,800
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2021 Mazda
CX-9

MSRP*: $34,160 to $46,805
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Invoice* $40,703 to $44,932 $32,319 to $44,273
MPG - City 23 MPG 20 - 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 MPG 26 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 53.1 - 54.1 ft3 71.2 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 261 hp 227 hp
Towing Capacity 4,400 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 184.3 - 184.6 in 199.4 in
Exterior Width 74.5 in 77.5 in
Leg Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.4 in
Head Room Front 38.0 - 39.6 in
Rear 37.5 - 39.3 in
Front 39.3 - 40.1 in
Rear 38.5 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Audi Q5 offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Mazda CX-9, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Audi Q5 and the Mazda CX-9.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Audi Q5 as you will with the Mazda CX-9, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Audi Q5 is somewhat more expensive than the Mazda CX-9. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Audi Q5 will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Mazda CX-9.

Dimensions
Since the Audi Q5 is much slimmer than the Mazda CX-9, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Audi Q5, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mazda CX-9.

Handling
The Audi Q5 has the same turning radius as the Mazda CX-9, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Audi Q5 is clearly the choice over the Mazda CX-9 for pulling heavy loads. The Audi Q5 has a little more horsepower than the Mazda CX-9.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Audi Q5 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-9.

Utility
The Audi Q5 has less seating than the Mazda CX-9, making the Mazda CX-9 the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Audi Q5 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Mazda CX-9.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Audi Q5 than that of the Mazda CX-9.