Compare 2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Mazda CX-5
2021 Subaru Forester 2021 Mazda CX-5
All-Wheel Drive
  Standard $1,400 Option
MPG (City/Highway) *
  26/33 25/31
Cargo Space
  76.1 cu. ft. 59.6 cu. ft.
Ground Clearance
  8.7 in. 7.5 in.

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Mazda CX-5

Serving Charlottesville, VA

Are you in the market for a two-row crossover SUV that is loaded with features and that has profound capabilities? The 2021 Subaru Forester will live up to your high standards and requires a closer look. Comparing it to other leading models that are priced within the same range is essential. How does the 2021 Forester compare to the 2021 Mazda CX-5?


The Forester is a longer, taller vehicle, and this impacts available space in the cabin. It also plays a role in capabilities. Both vehicles have a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine. The horsepower ratings are closely aligned, and the Forester ticks up above the CX-5 in fuel efficiency. Notably, the Forester’s engine is paired with continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive. The CX-5 pairs its engine with a six-speed auto transmission and front-wheel drive.


The Subaru Forester makes a bold statement on the road with its relatively smooth surfaces and its strong dimensions. The small grille shows off a chrome bar that runs horizontally through the top of it. The commanding headlights are separated from the grille to show off its confidence. The Mazda CX-5, on the other hand, has smooth, curving surfaces and thin headlights. They are linked to the large grille for a unique look.


These are both five-passenger vehicles, but the Forester has a roomier cabin and more cargo space in the rear. Compared to the CX-5, the Forester’s infotainment system is more user-friendly. Both vehicles come with smart device integration, a folding rear row, cruise control, an aux input, HD radio, an air conditioning system, and more.

Are you still on the fence with your model selection? Our associates at Umansky Subaru are thrilled to help you explore the Forester’s attributes in greater detail. To schedule a 2021 Forester test drive and get familiar with any of our other models that you may be interested in, contact the Umansky Subaru sales department today.