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2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Review

New 2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Mazda
CX-5

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New 2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Toyota
RAV4

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MSRP*
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$25,190 to $37,155
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$26,050 to $35,980
Invoice* $24,719 to $35,708 $24,357 to $33,642
MPG - City 22 - 25 25 - 28
MPG - Hwy 27 - 31 32 - 35
Engine(s) Inline-4 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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-5 than in 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. In this case, the Mazda CX-5 will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Toyota RAV4.

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.

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

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.

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.