Compare 2021 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Subaru Outback
2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Subaru Outback


2021 Toyota RAV4

2.5L 4cyl


2.5L 4cyl
182 HP


187 HP
26 city / 33 hwy*

Fuel Economy

25 city / 31 hwy*

Serving Cary, NC

The Subaru Outback has been around for more than 20 years, which is a testament to its popularity and appeal. With some minor changes and updates, the 2021 Subaru Outback at Johnson Subaru of Cary is the top Subaru Outback to date. The 2021 Outback receives some modifications inside and out, primarily to its list of safety aids. The latest Outback gets adaptive LED headlights that automatically illuminate the road in the direction that you're turning. The Subaru Outback has some more interior safety technology too, including a seat belt reminder system in the back seat. You can try out these features and more when you arrange for a Subaru Outback online test drive at Johnson Subaru of Cary. At our dealership you can learn more about the Outback and how it compares to rivals such as the 2021 Mazda CX-5. In comparison to the Mazda, the Subaru Outback has a more rugged exterior appearance and more performance capabilities that make it better suited to handling a wide range of conditions and terrain.

Style and Design

With features such as standard steering-responsive LED headlights and raised roof rails with integrated cross bars, it's easy to pick the 2021 Subaru Outback at Johnson Subaru of Cary out from the crowd. The Subaru Outback also has high wheel arches and a tall build with higher ground clearance than the Mazda CX-5. The Subaru Outback also has a durable exterior frame designed to withstand the sometimes harsh environmental conditions that accompany the outdoor lifestyle. The Mazda CX-5 has more basic LED lighting, and it doesn't have the same sporty and athletic build as the 2021 Outback.


When you book your Subaru Outback online test drive at Subaru of Cary, you'll be able to try out the two engines available on the SUV. The base Subaru has plenty of power with a standard 2.5L V4 engine that creates over 180 HP and a little more than 175 LB-FT for torque. This engine is connected to an automatic transmission. The second engine that is offered on the Subaru Outback is a turbo 2.4L engine with an increased power output of 260 HP. The second engine also has a higher torque output of 277 LB-FT. All-wheel drive is standard on the Outback, but the Onyx Edition XT gets an enhanced version of Subaru's all-wheel drive, along with more drive select modes for optimal performance. The Mazda CX-5 comes standard with front-wheel drive instead. All-wheel drive is only an option if you upgrade. The Mazda also has two engines, but neither offers the same level of power as the Subaru's engines. The most power you can get from the Mazda CX-5 is 250 HP, which is only achieved if you use premium fuel. The Mazda doesn't have the same driving modes as the Subaru, which makes the Outback a better option for a performance-oriented car with an engaging driving experience. Either engine is available to try through an online test drive at our dealership.


The 2021 Subaru Outback at Johnson Subaru of Cary also has a spacious and well-equipped interior. The Outback has more passenger volume than the Mazda CX-5, which makes it a more comfortable car to take on road trips and longer adventures. The Outback has a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to start with, along with automatic climate control and a handful of driver-assist safety aids. A larger 11.6-inch touchscreen is added to the second trim level, which also has heated front seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2021 Subaru Outback can also be enhanced with several available add-on accessories including sunroof, navigation, and a hands-free liftgate. Ventilated and leather seats are added to the higher-end trims. The Mazda CX-5 doesn't have as many standard safety aids as the Subaru Outback. The largest touchscreen available is 10.25 inches, and the back seat doesn't have as much room for people to comfortably sit.

If you are ready to take the 2021 Subaru Outback for a drive, contact Johnson Subaru of Cary today for an online test drive.

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