The 2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs. the 2021 Toyota RAV4: A Comparison by Superior MAZDA

2021 Mazda CX-5

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 has earned national acclaim for its exceptional safety, style, and performance. Mazda models like the 2021 Mazda CX-5 are commonly thought of as luxury cars available for a far more affordable price, a quality that sets it apart from competitors like the 2021 Toyota RAV4.


A key differentiator separating the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 can be found under the hood of these respective SUVs.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 has two available engines. The first is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque and comes standard on the baseline and midrange trims. The other is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that achieves 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque and is equipped on the high-end trims.

By comparison, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 model’s single engine choice maxes out at 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque and is more than two seconds slower going from 0 – 60 (9.1 seconds, vs. 6.6 seconds for the 2021 Mazda CX-5).


As evidenced by its Top Safety Pick designation courtesy of the IIHS, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 is one of the safer vehicles in its class. However, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is arguably the safest compact crossover SUV in the land, boasting Top Safety Pick+ status.

What this means is that this new Mazda SUV achieved a perfect score in all six of the IIHS’ evaluation areas, whereas the 2021 Toyota RAV4 did not.


2021 Mazda CX-5 Interior

Whereas the 2021 Toyota RAV4 model’s acceptable steering, handling, and braking are compromised by a rather lackluster engine, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 handles less like a traditional SUV and more like a sports car. Visit our nearby Mazda dealership and you’ll see that the 2021 Mazda CX-5 model’s steering and cornering are exceptionally sharp thanks to this SUV’s sophisticated design.

And when you factor in available enhancements like Drive Selection and off-road traction assist, it’s easy to see why the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is considered by many to be the best-handling compact crossover around.

Experience the 2021 MAZDA CX-5 today

Our local Mazda financing department is ready to help you purchase a 2021 Mazda CX-5 today. Though the 2021 Toyota RAV4 has its merits, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is the clear choice if you want to drive one of the auto industry’s best-looking, top-performing SUVs.

Stop by Superior Mazda and see for yourself today!