Toyota RAV4 vs Mazda CX-5

Toyota RAV4

It’s time to power your adventures forward and you need the right SUV to take you there. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 are two vehicles ready for heading off the paved path with available all-wheel drive and selectable drive modes.Only one of these vehicles is the right match for your drives near Madisonville, Owensboro, and Henderson, KY, so the team at Watermark Toyota of Madisonville is here to help you find your perfect match. Come see which of these daring rides will rise to the occasion.

Roam Longer

Toyota RAV4 SpecsWhen you’re out exploring the open road, the last thing you want to do is schedule out a pit stop along the way. With the 2021 Toyota RAV4, you can leave the gas station in your rearview mirror, since its 2.5-liter dynamic force 4-cylinder engine earns an EPA-estimated 28 city and 35 highway MPG.¹

The Mazda CX-5 takes a slight efficiency dip, with an EPA-estimated 25 city and 31 highway MPG, so you may find yourself running to the pump more often.

Where the RAV4 really has a leg up is with the addition of a hybrid powertrain. This motor achieves an EPA-estimated 41 city and 38 highway MPG for even lengthier explorations.¹ Unfortunately, only a gas engine is available on the Mazda CX-5.

Pack It All in

When trekking all over the country, there are numerous essentials you’ll need to bring along. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 ensures everything has its place with almost 38 cubic feet of cargo space. If you drive the Mazda CX-5, you may have to leave some of your gear at home, since you’ll have just under 31 cubic feet of cargo room.

Both cabins are completely configurable to meet your needs as well. Simply fold the rear seat down as needed to fit larger cargo, like your mountain bikes and camping gear. Once again, the RAV4 has more space with almost 70 cubic feet of room, while the Mazda CX-5 only offers around 60 cubic feet of space.

Protected Explorations

Toyota RAV4 SafetyYour adventures will be much more enjoyable when you know you’re protected at every turn. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 have you covered with the following standard features:

  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist

However, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 in the RAV4 takes security one step further with Road Sign Assist coming standard on every trim level. This system intelligently reads the road and alerts you to detected do not enter, speed limit, yield, and stop signs.

If you want this same feature on your Mazda CX-5 though, you’ll need to choose the highest trim level.

Toyota RAV4 vs Mazda CX-5: Which SUV Is Right for You?

The road is calling your name and it’s time to answer with a daring ride. With greater efficiency, more cargo space, and more standard safety options, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 cruises past the Mazda CX-5.

Want to see this SUV in action? Stop on by Watermark Toyota of Madisonville. Drivers near Madisonville, Owensboro, and Henderson, Kentucky, can schedule a test drive today!

¹ EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE AWD; 28 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE FWD and XLE Premium FWD; 27 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE AWD and XLE Premium AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; 25 city/32 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See

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