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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2021 Hyundai
Santa Fe

MSRP*: $27,000 to $42,450
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Picture of the 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $25,370 to $37,505
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Invoice* $25,732 to $40,448 $24,896 to $36,044
MPG - City 21 - 25 MPG 22 - 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 28 MPG 27 - 31 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 72.1 ft3 59.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 191 - 277 hp 187 - 227 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 - 3,500 lbs 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 188.4 in 179.1 in
Exterior Width 74.8 in 72.5 in
Leg Room Front 44.1 in
Rear 41.7 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Head Room Front 39.5 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.8 - 39.0 in
Front 39.3 - 39.7 in
Rear 39.0 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Mazda CX-5. The Hyundai Santa Fe will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
The Hyundai Santa Fe requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda CX-5, 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). The Hyundai Santa Fe will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Mazda CX-5, which has a much lower MSRP. 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 Hyundai Santa Fe and the Mazda CX-5 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Hyundai Santa Fe is much wider than the Mazda CX-5, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Hyundai Santa Fe, which is slightly longer than the Mazda CX-5.

Handling
The Hyundai Santa Fe has a larger turning radius than the Mazda CX-5, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Hyundai Santa Fe is clearly the choice over the Mazda CX-5 for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Santa Fe greatly out-muscles the Mazda CX-5.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Hyundai Santa Fe does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels 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 Hyundai Santa Fe and the Mazda CX-5. The Hyundai Santa Fe has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Mazda CX-5.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Hyundai Santa Fe than that of the Mazda CX-5.