2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | NewCars.com

A member of the Cars.com family

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

Picture of the 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $25,370 to $37,505
See details & photos

Find Your Best Price Today!

Picture of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Toyota
RAV4 Hybrid

MSRP*: $28,500 to $37,330
See details & photos

Find Your Best Price Today!

Invoice* $24,896 to $36,044 $26,791 to $35,091
MPG - City 22 - 25 MPG 41 MPG
MPG - Hwy 27 - 31 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 59.6 ft3 69.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 187 - 227 hp 176 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs 1,750 lbs
Exterior Length 179.1 in 180.9 in
Exterior Width 72.5 in 73.0 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 Hybrid. The Mazda CX-5 offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
With the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, 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 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. 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 Hybrid have similar Destination Charges.

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

Handling
The Mazda CX-5 has the same turning radius as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
With the Mazda CX-5, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The Mazda CX-5 has a little more horsepower than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-5 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

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 Hybrid. The Mazda CX-5 has less cargo space than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, 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 Hybrid.