In comparing the 2021 Mazda CX-5's and the 2021 Toyota RAV4's specifications and ratings, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for used cars. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability, resale value, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the 2021 Mazda CX-5's and the 2021 Toyota RAV4's specifications and ratings, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a better car than the 2021 Mazda CX-5.
2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Pricing
A used 2021 Mazda CX-5 ranges from $21,989 to $31,549 while a used 2021 Toyota RAV4 is priced between $23,994 to $35,118.
2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 loses 39.8 percent of its value and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 loses 34.7 percent of its value. This means the 2021 Toyota RAV4 retains 5.1 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2021 Mazda CX-5.
2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Mazda CX-5 is 8.1 out of 10 while the Toyota RAV4's quality rating is 8.6 out of 10. This results in the Mazda CX-5 being ranked 12 out of 19 Best Small SUVs and the Toyota RAV4 being ranked 3 out of 19. Out of 55 Best 5-seater SUVs, the Mazda CX-5 is ranked 25 and the Toyota RAV4 is ranked 8. The Mazda CX-5 is also ranked 27 out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs while the Toyota RAV4 is ranked 6 out of 66.
2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Mazda CX-5 is 7.2 out of 10. For the Toyota RAV4 the reliability rating is 8.4 out of 10. This gives the Toyota RAV4 an advantage in reliability compared to the Mazda CX-5.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2021 Mazda CX-5’s base engine makes 187 horsepower, and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 base engine makes 203 horsepower. The CX-5 is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 459 miles. The RAV4 is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 508 miles. This gives the 2021 Toyota RAV4 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 has the advantage in the areas of front head room and rear leg room. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 and 2021 Toyota RAV4 are comparable in regards to front leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.
In their latest versions, the Mazda CX-5 has made a turn toward sophistication, while the
Toyota RAV4 has made a turn toward ruggedness. As such, the RAV4 has greater ground
clearance, while the CX-5 delivers more exciting ride and handling. The RAV4’s hybrid and plug-
in hybrid versions offer better fuel economy than the CX-5. The CX-5’s optional turbocharged
version provides the most engaging driving dynamics of all compact SUVs, while the RAV4’s TRD
Pro Off-Road version reimagines the RAV4 as a capable go-anywhere SUV. If you’re looking to
save money and just enjoy a functional small SUV, both start out as front-wheel drive,
traditional gasoline-powered small utes at a value price.