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2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Subaru Outback Review

New 2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Mazda
CX-5

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New 2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Subaru
Outback

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MSRP*
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$25,190 to $37,155
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$26,795 to $39,945
Invoice* $24,719 to $35,708 $25,187 to $37,240
MPG - City 22 - 25 23 - 26
MPG - Hwy 27 - 31 30 - 33
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**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 Mazda CX-5 offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Subaru Outback, with comparable head- and legroom. The Subaru Outback will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
With the Subaru Outback, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mazda CX-5, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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 Mazda CX-5 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Outback. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda CX-5 will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Subaru Outback.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-5 is about the same width as the Subaru Outback. If you go with the Mazda CX-5, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Subaru Outback.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-5 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Subaru Outback.

Handling
The Mazda CX-5 has the same turning radius as the Subaru Outback, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Subaru Outback is clearly the choice over the Mazda CX-5 for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru Outback.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru Outback. The Mazda CX-5 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Subaru Outback.

Warranty
The Mazda CX-5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Outback.