2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Subaru Outback 

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Subaru Outback

If you’re shopping for a crossover that’s heavy on horsepower and smart features, you may find yourself teetering between entries like the Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru Outback. Both come ready for action with everything you need to make it between destinations, but no two vehicles are the same. In this model comparison, we’ll get down to which model provides the best value for your family when we explore the key differences between the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Subaru Outback. First things first, the comparison table below provides a quick glance into what you can expect. 

2021 Mazda CX-5 


2021 Subaru Outback 

$25,270 Starting MSRP $27,845 
2.5L SKYACTIV™-G I4 (187 hp)  Base Engine 2.5L flat-4 (187 hp) 
Standard Blind-Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert  Available
Available Traffic Sign Recognition  Not Available

Advantages of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Compact Crossover

Even in its simplest form the 2021 Mazda CX-5 has more standard features and amenities compared to the 2021 Subaru Outback. The interior looks and feels more upscale with premium touches and intelligent systems, including:

  • 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 Traffic Sign Recognition

The 2021 Subaru Outback does have the advantage of standard AWD, but the available i-ACTIV® AWD system on the Mazda CX-5 is more advanced in data collection and execution. Not to mention the CX-5's road manners are far more inviting. Standard on all Mazda vehicles, G-Vectoring Control continuously makes subtle torque reductions and brake applications that make a crossover carve through corners like a sports car.

For more details, drivers in Memphis, TN and the surrounding area can speak to a team member at Gwatney Mazda for more model highlights and personalized assistance.

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