Compare 2021 Subaru Outback vs. Mazda CX-5

2021 Subaru Outback
2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Subaru Outback


2021 Mazda CX-5

2.5L 4cyl


2.5L 4 cyl
182 HP


187 HP
26 city / 33 hwy*

Fuel Economy

25 city / 31 hwy*

Serving Duluth, GA

The Subaru Outback at Subaru of Gwinnett is one of the most versatile and utilitarian SUVs on the market. The Outback features a distinctive and unique appearance with sporty yet functional exterior components. This year, the Subaru Outback gets safer with the addition of LED adaptive front lights, which also add to its distinctive appearance even more. The Outback, which has made a name for itself as an exceptionally capable car on the back roads, retains its class-leading ground clearance numbers of 8.7 inches in 2021. The Outback lineup stays the same in 2021, but there are some new features to enjoy with the trims this year, including more standard safety technology. When you schedule your 2021 Subaru Outback online test drive with the friendly staff at Subaru of Gwinnett, you'll have the chance to see the Subaru's latest amenities and find out more about how it compares against other midsize SUVs, including the 2021 Mazda CX-5. You'll learn that the Subaru has more power than the Mazda, along with its superior ground clearance that makes it better suited for adventures. The Subaru also has more storage capacity inside and out.

Performance and Handling

With the Subaru Outback at Subaru of Gwinnett you'll have a choice between two different engines to match your demands for power output. To start with, the Subaru is powered by a four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2.5 liters. The base engine's top speed is just over 180 HP, and its maximum torque is slightly over 175 LB-FT. The Subaru's transmission is automatic across all seven trim levels. A second turbo engine is offered for the Subaru with a displacement of 2.4 liters instead. With the Subaru's second engine comes an increase in power to 260 HP. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 also provides a choice between two gasoline engines, but its top engine doesn't generate as much power as the Subaru's second engine. The Mazda's top speed reaches 250 HP, but that's only if you use premium fuel. All trims of the Outback get all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Mazda CX-5, while all-wheel drive is optional if you want to upgrade.

Style and Exterior

The Subaru Outback at Subaru of Gwinnett stands out from other midsize SUVs, starting with its unique exterior design. The Subaru Outback has some classic elements shared across the lineup, including its tall height, high wheel arches, and fender flares. Roof rails, which are standard on the 2021 Outback, add to its durable look. All trims of this year's Subaru Outback are also configured with turn-adaptive LED headlights. The Subaru adds on LED fog lights for safety and more visibility at the second trim level. With an online test drive, you can also try the hands-free liftgate starting with the Limited trim level. The Mazda CX-5 has standard LED headlights, but its lights are not turn-adaptive. The Mazda also does not come standard with roof rails.

Interior Design

In 2021, the Subaru Outback has a roomy interior and an equally spacious cargo area. Whether you need to fit five in the Outback or you have a carful of belongings to take along for a getaway, the Subaru Outback accommodates both options. The Subaru provides more cargo volume than the Mazda CX-5, and it also has more room for passengers in both the front and back row. Along with the Subaru's storage volume and spacious interior, you can check out its technology and safety features through a 2021 Subaru Outback online test drive. The Outback has a standard seven-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay included. An 11.6-inch screen is added to the top Outback trims. Various advanced safety aids are also standard with the Subaru Outback, and an all-weather package is added to the second trim level and up.

Contact Subaru of Gwinnett for more details on the 2021 Subaru Outback and to arrange your online test drive.

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