Compare 2021 Mazda CX-5 vs 2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Mazda CX-5
2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Mazda CX-5


2021 Subaru Forester

2.5L 4 cyl


2.5L 4 cyl
187 HP


182 HP
25 city / 31 hwy*

Fuel Economy

26 city / 33 hwy*

Serving Houston and Katy, TX

With the power of a sports car, first-class amenities, and the looks of a luxury vehicle, there’s little that the 2021 Mazda CX-5 leaves out. This year it gets even better with a new infotainment system, remote monitoring, and a new trim called the Carbon Edition. The newest Mazda CX-5 at Jeff Haas Mazda is a popular car, as you can experience for yourself when you take the CX-5 for an online test drive. With a Mazda CX-5 online test drive you can skip the crowds and get a realistic feel for any and all trims that you want to try out. Along with seeing the features and options available across the lineup for the Mazda CX-5, you can also learn more about what makes the Mazda a top choice against competitors, including the 2021 Subaru Forester. Our staff will explain further about what sets the Mazda apart from the Forester, including its superior performance and handling, it’s more luxurious and comfortable interior, and its sophisticated safety and technology.


The Mazda CX-5 at Jeff Haas Mazda provides you with several options in the area of performance and power. To start, you can keep the base-level engine with a displacement of 2.5 liters and a top power output of 187 HP. The base engine reaches up to 186 LB-FT for peak torque. The engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The second engine, added to the new Carbon Edition trim, ups the Mazda’s power potential to 227 HP. The engine delivers more torque at 310 LB-FT, or up to 320 LB-FT if you use premium gasoline. The Subaru Forester has more limited performance capabilities in comparison. The Subaru has only one engine for all the trim levels, which tops out at 182 HP. The Subaru’s engine produces 176 LB-FT at most for torque. The CX-5 also has sharp and precise handling, while handling on the Subaru can feel a bit vague.

Interior Design

If a comfortable, upscale, and classy interior are important features for your next car, the Mazda CX-5 is a logical choice. The Mazda has a sharp-looking cabin with an upscale and well-built design. The Mazda has a spacious interior layout with exceptional headroom in both rows. The Mazda also has comfortable seats and plenty of storage areas in the cabin. The trunk is also spacious and easily stores all your luggage, groceries, outdoor gear, and more. The Subaru Forester has less space in the trunk due to its design, and seating five people as intended may feel like a bit of a squeeze compared to the Mazda.

Technology and Features

When you schedule a Mazda CX-5 online test drive, a helpful and knowledgeable associate at Jeff Haas Mazda will ride along with you virtually in the front passenger’s seat to point out the SUV’s most salient technology aids and creature comforts. A leather steering wheel is standard on the Mazda, which you won’t get with the Subaru. Additionally, the base trim of the Mazda has a 10.25-inch display screen complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The CX-5 only gets better from there with heated seats in front and simulated leather upholstery on the second trim, followed by a Bose sound system and leather seats for the next trim, which is the all-new Carbon Edition. This trim also has larger wheels and stylish black wheels. The Grand Touring gives you a premium infotainment screen and satellite radio. Wood trim accents, ambient lighting, and navigation come with the Signature trim level. The Subaru only has a 6.5-inch display screen to start out with and the largest screen you can get is eight inches. Unlike the Mazda, it does not have a standard push-button start. Luxuries that come with the Mazda, including ambient lighting and wood accents, aren’t available on the Subaru.

To learn more about the 2021 Mazda CX-5 or schedule an online test drive, contact Jeff Haas Mazda for assistance today.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.