2021 Buick Encore GX vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 | NewCars.com

A member of the Cars.com family

2021 Buick Encore GX vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

Picture of the 2021 Buick Encore GX

2021 Buick
Encore GX

See Details & Photos
Picture of the 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda
CX-5

See Details & Photos
MSRP*
Get Your Price
$24,200 to $30,600
Get Your Price
$25,370 to $37,505
Invoice* $23,329 to $29,498 $24,896 to $36,044
MPG - City 26 - 28 22 - 25
MPG - Hwy 29 - 31 27 - 31
Engine(s) I-3 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-5 than in the Buick Encore GX, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Buick Encore GX and the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
The Mazda CX-5 requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Buick Encore GX, making it more convenient to drive.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Buick Encore GX will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mazda CX-5. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Buick Encore GX and the Mazda CX-5 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Buick Encore GX is a little narrower than the Mazda CX-5, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Buick Encore GX is slightly shorter than the Mazda CX-5, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Buick Encore GX doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-5.

Performance
The Buick Encore GX has a little less horsepower than the Mazda CX-5.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Buick Encore GX and the Mazda CX-5. The Buick Encore GX has less cargo space than the Mazda CX-5, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Buick Encore GX comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda CX-5.