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2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Review

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2021 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $25,370 to $37,505
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2021 Toyota
RAV4

MSRP*: $26,250 to $36,180
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Invoice* $24,896 to $36,044 $24,544 to $33,829
MPG - City 22 - 25 MPG 25 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 27 - 31 MPG 32 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 59.6 ft3 69.7 - 69.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 187 - 227 hp 203 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs 1,500 - 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 179.1 in 180.9 - 181.5 in
Exterior Width 72.5 in 73.0 - 73.4 in
Leg Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 37.8 in
Head Room Front 39.3 - 39.7 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 37.7 - 39.5 in
Rear 39.5 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 Mazda CX-5 offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Toyota RAV4. The Mazda CX-5 offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Toyota RAV4, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda CX-5 as you will with the Toyota RAV4, 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 Mazda CX-5 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota RAV4. 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 Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota RAV4 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-5 is about the same width as the Toyota RAV4. When looking at overall length, the Mazda CX-5 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota RAV4.

Handling
The Mazda CX-5 has a smaller turning radius than the Toyota RAV4, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 is clearly the choice over the Toyota RAV4 for pulling heavy loads. The Mazda CX-5 has a little less horsepower than the Toyota RAV4.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota RAV4 are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

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 Toyota RAV4. The Mazda CX-5 has less cargo space than the Toyota RAV4, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Mazda CX-5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota RAV4.