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2021 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Equinox

MSRP*: $23,800 to $33,100
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2021 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $25,370 to $37,505
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Invoice* $23,776 to $31,577 $24,896 to $36,044
MPG - City 25 - 26 MPG 22 - 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 31 MPG 27 - 31 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 63.9 ft3 59.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 170 hp 187 - 227 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 183.1 in 179.1 in
Exterior Width 72.6 in 72.5 in
Leg Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 39.9 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 38.5 in
Front 39.3 - 39.7 in
Rear 39.0 in
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
The Chevrolet Equinox offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Mazda CX-5, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Equinox as you will with the Mazda CX-5, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Chevrolet Equinox 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 Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Equinox is about the same width as the Mazda CX-5. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Chevrolet Equinox, which is slightly longer than the Mazda CX-5.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 is clearly the choice over the Chevrolet Equinox for pulling heavy loads. The Chevrolet Equinox has a little less horsepower than the Mazda CX-5.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Chevrolet Equinox transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively 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 Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5. The Chevrolet Equinox has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Mazda CX-5.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Equinox comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda CX-5.