2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Subaru Forester 

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Subaru Forester

Among the sea of small SUVs, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Subaru Forester are two highly tempting new arrivals on the market this year. As always, we’re ready to put the Mazda lineup to the test. Discover which hot selling compact crossover SUV offers the best value in our comparison of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 versus the 2021 Subaru Forester. 

The CX-5 and the Forester aren't without their similarities. Both offer an impressive range of active safety features that include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, automatic emergency braking, and more. But when we get down to the content, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 has more to offer without much of a departure in price. 

2021 Mazda CX-5 


2021 Subaru Forester 

$25,270 Starting MSRP $24,795
2.5-liter SKYACTIV™-G Inline-4   Base Engine 2.5-Liter Inline-4 
187 - 250 horsepower  Horsepower 182 horsepower 
25 city / 31 hwy mpg  Fuel Economy 26 city / 33 hwy mpg 

Advantages of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Compact Crossover

The comparison table shows the 2021 Mazda CX-5 offers more engine power, the images show its sharp good looks, but what you can’t see is that the CX-5 has some of the best driving manners in its class. In every Mazda CX-5, G-Vectoring Control Plus, suspension, steering, and brakes conspire to provide an especially rewarding experience behind the wheel.

And the Mazda CX-5 may be priced to compete with the Subaru Forester, but don’t be fooled into thinking the standard features are the same. Inside the CX-5 has enough premium amenities to make it feel a class above. A few of the highlights you can sample in the cabin of the 2021 CX-5 include:

  • New Large 10.25-Inch Touchscreen
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane-keep Assist
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Available Active Driving Display

Our verdict? If you prefer something with crisp handling, sharp good looks, and a premium cabin, you’ll find your match in the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Drivers in the Memphis area can speak to a team member at Gwatney Mazda for additional model details and personalized assistance.

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