Why You Should Avoid the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and Choose the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Instead

There’s no shortage of competition in the compact SUV segment. But of all the options available, the most popular models continue to be the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota RAV4. Both SUVs are fuel-efficient, spacious enough for families, and are plenty enjoyable to drive. And while it makes sense to compare them, you’re probably wondering which of the two is the better fit for you. Here’s why we think the 2021 Mazda CX-5 makes for a better choice than its Toyota competition.

2021 Mazda CX-5 driving
2021 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 costs less than the Toyota RAV4

Buying a new car costs a pretty penny. So if you’re looking to save rather than spend with your next purchase, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is the obvious pick here. This year’s model boasts a base price of $25,270, making it a slightly cheaper alternative to the 2021 Toyota RAV4. Opt for a Grand Touring or Signature model, and you’ll be spending at least $30,000 on this year’s model. 

And when it comes to the 2021 Toyota RAV4? While a fully-loaded model will cost you less than the range topping CX-5 Signature, you can expect to spend a minimum of $26,150 on a base model. And if you’d rather a hybrid model instead? This year’s new RAV4 Hybrid will have you spending a minimum of $28,650.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is a reliable alternative to the 2021 Toyota RAV4

Toyota might be known for reliability but, as it turns out, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 earned better predicted reliability ratings than this year’s RAV4. According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 earned a three out of five predicted reliability rating. While that isn’t the lowest rating possible, it is pretty disappointing. But, unfortunately, disappointing reliability ratings have become kind of the norm for the RAV4. At least according to Consumer Reports’ data.

The Mazda CX-5, on the other hand, fared pretty well. Unlike the RAV4, this year’s model earned a perfect predicted reliability rating. But, as it turns out, the CX-5 has almost always earned a five out of five overall reliability rating. The last model to earn a less than perfect rating? The 2016 Mazda CX-5, which earned a four out of five predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports.

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The interior of the Mazda CX-5 aims to spoil

According to U.S. News & World Report, while the interior of the RAV4 boasts more of a rugged look, the Mazda CX-5’s interior “borders on being something from a luxury brand.” Even if you opt for a base model CX-5, U.S. News reports that you can expect it to “have high-end materials that adorn the interior.” From its Nappa leather upholstery to its real wood trim pieces, the interior of this year’s new CX-5 truly aims to spoil.

The interior of the 2021 Mazda CX-5
2021 Mazda CX-5 interior | Mazda

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Hit the road for a test drive

There are plenty of reasons to skip the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and choose the Mazda CX-5 instead. These are just a few of them. But to find out if the Mazda CX-5 is truly the right choice for you? Well, we suggest visiting your local Mazda dealer for a test drive.