2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Toyota Venza 

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza is new to the market this year, but how does it measure against its Mazda counterpart? Here we explore some critical factors our customers often consider when making the choice between the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Toyota Venza.

If you know anything about these models, you should know that the most obvious difference is that the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is 100% gas-fueled and the 2021 Toyota Venza is a hybrid. It's for that reason you can expect the Venza to score better gas mileage on the streets, but there are some drawbacks in price and other content. The table provided sorts through some key differences buyers should see before taking the plunge into a new crossover.

2021 Mazda CX-5 


2021 Toyota Venza 

$25,370  Starting MSRP  $32,570 
Up to 250 horsepower  Horsepower 219 horsepower 
Up to 31 highway mpg  Fuel Economy  Up to 37 highway mpg 
Standard Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Optional

Which Crossover Offers the Best Value?

Aside from the Venza’s thrifty gas mileage, the competition between the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Toyota Venza leans hard toward the Mazda side. The Venza is known to be not quite as fun to drive as rivals. That’s especially true in competition with the Mazda CX-5 which is praised for its genuinely engaging driving manners and optional turbocharged 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine. The turbo-powered CX-5 crossover is downright quick, earning 250 horsepower on premium fuel. Even with the standard powerplant the crossover’s suspension, steering, brakes, and standard G-Vectoring Control Plus conspire to offer an especially rewarding drive.

Both crossovers come loaded with safety-enhancing tech like the automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, a lane-departure warning system with lane-keep assist, and automatic high beam headlights – but the Mazda CX-5 crossover is the only to feature a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert built-in as well. Towards the top of the lineup added features like the Bose sound system, premium Nappa leather seats, a 360-degree camera, traffic sign recognition, front/rear parking sensors, and heated/ventilated seats make the 2021 Mazda CX-5 a competitor better fit to take on more expensive luxury nameplates.

You can learn more about the 2021 Mazda CX-5 when you speak with the team of experts here at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown.

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