Tesla Model Y vs. Mazda CX-5: a More Reliable SUV?

Are you looking to purchase a Mazda CX-5 or a Tesla Model Y? While the SUVs are very different, we can understand why you would want both the Mazda and the Tesla. Check out some of the specs for the Model Y and the CX-5 to see which one is right for your family.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is a reliable SUV

A Mazda CX-5 on the move
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This reliable Mazda CX-5 SUV has solid scores across the board from critics and drivers. Check out some of the awards this SUV has taken home, in addition to pricing for the various Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims.

For the direct comparison, we will be using the Sport front-wheel-drive trim. CarBuzz has a handy comparison tool. This trim starts at $25,370 and has a 2.5L inline-four engine. The CX-5 gets about 25 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway. The fuel tank is 14.8 gallons.

The CX-5 has room for five passengers. The engine gets 187 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. It also comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Mazda SUV weighs in at 3,552 pounds and has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. In the back, the trunk has 59.6 cubic feet of room.

Mazda has a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty for basic things. It has a five-year corrosion warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile drivetrain warranty.

The CX-5 might not be turning heads like the Tesla, but it will be your reliable old friend that won’t break the bank. What is more important?

The 2021 Tesla Model Y is a luxury option

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The 2021 Tesla Model Y Long Range edition starts at $50,490. Roughly double the price of the CX-5. The electric motor comes with a single-speed transmission. In the city, the Model Y gets 131 miles per gallon equivalent and 117 on the highway.

The Model Y has room for five passengers. Tesla does have a third row optional, but it really is only suited for small children or animals. An adult would not comfortably fit back there.

The all-wheel-drive Tesla weighs about 4,416 pounds. The SUV can tow 3,500 pounds.

Tesla has a four-year, 50,000 warranty. The drivetrain has an eight-year, 120,000-mile warranty, and there is a 12 year, unlimited mileage corrosion warranty.

Some drivers want the newest technology and the newest cars on the market. The Tesla is certainly a talking point and has all of the most up-to-date technology.

This or that: Tesla vs. Mazda

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When deciding between the Mazda CX-5 and the Tesla Model Y, you have to prioritize. The Mazda is a reliable SUV that will likely last you many years with proper maintenance. The cost of ownership is probably pretty low, and you might be able to pass it on to a kid when you get tired of it.

The Tesla Model Y is cool. It is modern, and it has bells, whistles, and technology at every angle. Tesla has a solid charging network all over the U.S. that ensures you will be able to take it on road trips.

It is also worth noting that electric vehicles don’t get as much of a range as cold weather. If you live in an environment where it snows or is cold most of the year, the CX-5 might be a better pick. You also don’t want to be stuck in a blizzard without electricity or a car—just some food for thought.

For half the price, the CX-5 is everything the Model Y is. Many drivers say that going back to an internal combustion engine (ICE) from an electric vehicle is shocking.

If you already have an EV, maybe stick with the Tesla? If you are looking for a solid SUV to last you many years, the CX-5 might be right for you.