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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2021 Subaru
Crosstrek

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2021 Mazda
CX-5

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MSRP*
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$22,245 to $27,995
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$25,370 to $37,505
Invoice* $21,108 to $26,411 $24,896 to $36,044
MPG - City 22 - 27 22 - 25
MPG - Hwy 29 - 34 27 - 31
Engine(s) Horizontal 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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-5 than in the Subaru Crosstrek, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Subaru Crosstrek will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
The Subaru Crosstrek requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda CX-5, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Subaru Crosstrek will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mazda CX-5. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Subaru Crosstrek carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Mazda CX-5.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru Crosstrek is much slimmer than the Mazda CX-5, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Subaru Crosstrek takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda CX-5.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Subaru Crosstrek doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-5.

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

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

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Subaru Crosstrek and the Mazda CX-5. The Subaru Crosstrek has less cargo space than the Mazda CX-5, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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