The Toyota RAV4 has been around since the early days of the compact crossover, with the first versions sprouting up in the mid-1990s and doing battle with another segment founder, the Honda CR-V. Mazda’s CX-5 is a much newer addition to the segment, having first arrived in 2012. Now in its second generation, the Mazda proves a worthy competitor to compact SUV segment stalwarts such as the RAV4 thanks to the automaker’s affinity for nimble handling and streamlined designs. Both SUVs have their strengths, but there is one of these small utes we’d rather see in the driveway every morning. Keep reading to find out how the 2021 Toyota RAV4 compares with the 2021 Mazda CX-5.
2021 Toyota RAV4: Pros Over the CX-5
These vehicles both use 2.5-liter non-turbo four-cylinders as their base engines, but the Toyota’s achieves better