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2021 Mazda CX-5 versus 2021 Subaru Forester

Comparing the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and 2021 Subaru Forester is comparing two of the most popular SUVs on the road today. Both offer plenty of power and features, but which one is best for you?

First up, you should consider the MSRP (manufacturer's standard retail price) of each SUV. The base model of the 2021 CX-5 has a starting price of $25,370 while the base model of the 2021 Forester costs $24,795.

Of course, there are various trims options for both SUVs, each of which start at different prices as more features are included. You can check our amazing 2021 Mazda CX-5 offers 7 trim options including: Sport, Grand Touring, Carbon Edition, Carbon Edition Turbo, Touring, Signature, and Grand Touring Reserve. On the other hand, the 2021 Subaru Forester offers 5 trim options including: Premium, Limited, Sport, Base, and Touring. Be sure to call us here at Pacifico Mazda so we can help you more fully compare different trim options between the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and 2021 Subaru Forester.

Another key consideration when doing a side-by-side of these SUVs are the engine options. Mazda offers 2

different engines

for its

line, including the Regular Unleaded I-4 and Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4. Subaru offers 1

engine

for its Forester lineup, including the Regular Unleaded H-4.

Next up you will want to look at the drivetrain options and MPG ratings for these SUVs. The 2021 CX-5 offers up All Wheel Drive and Front Wheel Drive and gets 31 miles per gallon. The 2021 Forester has All Wheel Drive drivetrains and gets 33 miles per gallon.

Finally, when it comes to available colors, the 2021 CX-5 comes in 8 colors including colors like: Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, and Polymetal Gray. In comparison, the 2021 Forester comes in 9 colors including Sepia Bronze Metallic, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Jasper Green Metallic, and Ice Silver Metallic to name a few.

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here.

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Overview

Engine

Regular Unleaded I-4

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive

Transmission

Automatic w/OD

Mileage (City/Highway)

24/30 MPG

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive

Transmission

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Mileage (City/Highway)

22/27 MPG

Engine

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Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive

Transmission

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Mileage (City/Highway)

25/31 MPG

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive

Transmission

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Mileage (City/Highway)

22/27 MPG

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22/27 MPG

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25/31 MPG

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25/31 MPG

Engine

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Transmission

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26/33 MPG

Engine

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26/33 MPG

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26/33 MPG

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All Wheel Drive

Transmission

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26/33 MPG

Engine

Regular Unleaded H-4

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive

Transmission

CVT w/OD

Mileage (City/Highway)

26/33 MPG

Compare 2021 Mazda CX-5 & Subaru Forester Features & Specs

Compare Photos of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 & 2021 Subaru Forester Side-by-Side

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FAQs About 2021 Mazda CX-5 SUV vs. 2021 Subaru Forester SUV

What are the differences between the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Subaru Forester?

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 has been updated to be more fuel efficient and offers an improved SUV driving experience. The new model also comes with a variety of performance, safety and entertainment features. Overall you are going to find a better value for your money with the 2021 Mazda CX-5 over the 2021 Subaru Forester. Give Pacifico Mazda at 866-979-7845 a call to find out more about how these vehicles measure up.

What is the price difference between the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Subaru Forester?

Comparing the base models of both SUVs, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 MSRP is $25,370 while the 2021 Subaru Forester MSRP is $24,795.

Does the 2021 Mazda CX-5 have the same drivetrain options as 2021 Subaru Forester?

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 comes with these drivetrain options:

  • All Wheel Drive
  • Front Wheel Drive

The 2021 Subaru Forester comes with these drivetrain options:

  • All Wheel Drive

How does the MPG of the Mazda CX-5 compare with the Subaru Forester?

This will depend on which type of engine and trim you select, but the base model 2021 Mazda CX-5 gets 31 miles per gallon. The 2021 Subaru Forester base model gets 33 MPG.

What kind of engine options do the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Subaru Forester have?

The 2021 CX-5 Mazda comes with 2 engine options:

  • Regular Unleaded I-4
  • Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

The 2021 Forester comes with these engine options:

  • Regular Unleaded H-4

What colors does the 2021 Mazda CX-5 come with versus the 2021 Subaru Forester?

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 comes in 8 colors including:

  • Eternal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic

The 2021 Subaru Forester comes in 9 colors including:

  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (also referred to as “MSRP”, “Base MSRP”, “Base Price” or the “Starting At” price), excludes destination/delivery charge, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees, and total of options. For authenticated AXZ Plan customers, the price displayed may represent Plan pricing. Not all AXZ Plan customers will qualify for the Plan pricing shown and not all offers or incentives are available to AXZ Plan customers.
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