Thanks to their versatility and accommodating interiors, SUVs continue to multiply around Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC. If you happen to be searching for the right model, the Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4 is a debate that’s likely to come up. Each SUV is a prominent player within its segment, thanks to plentiful feature lists and advanced safety technology.

Is the Mazda CX-5 or the Toyota RAV4 better for your everyday routine, though? To help you decide, our Mazda of Gastonia staff created this comparison, where we’ll be pitting key traits from both SUVs against each other!

A Gap in Performance Capability

While both SUVs will reliably get you from Point A to Point B, a quick look under the hood shows that the Mazda CX-5 is far more powerful than the competing Toyota RAV4.

When properly equipped with the 2.5L turbo 4-cylinder motor, the Mazda CX-5 can generate up to 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission and Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus gives the SUV supreme levels of poise and traction, too.

The most power you can squeeze out of your Toyota RAV4 comes from the 2.5L 4-cylinder motor that makes just 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Even with the base 2.5L of the Mazda CX-5, you’ll enjoy 186 lb-ft of torque. The RAV4 relies on an 8-speed automatic or electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive with dynamic torque vectoring is available, too.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Red City

The MAZDA CX-5 Holds an Edge in Passenger Space

You and your family will likely be spending long car trips lounging in the cabin of your next SUV. To ensure lasting comfort, the Mazda CX-5 has an inviting and roomy interior that surpasses that of the Toyota RAV4.

To get a feel for each interior, we’ll compare the numbers. The Mazda CX-5 offers 41 inches of front legroom and 39.6 inches of rear legroom. How does the Toyota RAV4 stack up? Well, front-row legroom measures 41 inches, but second-row legroom is just 37.8 inches.

It’s the same story for hip room and headroom. The Mazda CX-5 offers 55.2 inches of front hip room, 55.3 inches of rear hip room, and 39.7 inches of front headroom.

The Toyota RAV4 offers 54.3 inches of front hip room, 47.7 inches of rear hip room, and 37.7 inches of front headroom.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Interior Cabin Space

Standard Infotainment Technology

Most 2021 SUVs and crossovers come with standard infotainment setups that can link up with your smartphone. At the base trim level, the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 have similar interfaces and features. However, the size of the touchscreen in each model is noticeably different.

The standard screen size for the Mazda CX-5 measures 10.25 inches. With the Toyota RAV4, you’ll have one a 7-inch base screen.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Interior Dashboard Tech


2021 MAZDA CX-5 Pulls Ahead of Toyota RAV4

Both SUVs are viable options for travel around Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC. Yet, the Mazda CX-5 has a clear edge in space, power, and everyday usability over the Toyota RAV4.

To see the Mazda SUV up close, consider stopping by Mazda of Gastonia!

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