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MAZDA CX-5 vs BMW X5


 


As you continue to search for your new SUV, you’ll notice how the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 BMW X5 stand out with their premium designs and excellent performance. So, how do you decide which one is better suited for your commute around the Willow Grove, Willow Manor, and Glenside, areas?

Our Mazda of Abington team is here to help. It all starts with our comparison of the Mazda CX-5 vs. BMW X5 below, which outlines the space, features, and other aspects of these two crossovers so you can determine which model is personally right for you.


Stretch Out and Get Comfortable

MAZDA CX-5 interior comfort
If you’re looking to get an SUV, chances are you’re interested in a vehicle that has an abundant amount of space for you, your friends and family, and all your cargo. While both of these models offer versatile space for a combination of cargo and passengers, the Mazda CX-5 is the more comfortable of the two.

Measurement

MAZDA CX-5

BMW X5

Front Legroom

41 inches

39.8 inches

Rear Legroom

39.6 inches

37.4 inches

As you can see, the Mazda SUV comes with a great deal of personal space both in the front and the back row. Everyone will be able to relax and stretch out in the 2021 Mazda CX-5. The BMW X5 may feel a bit more cramped, especially during long car trips.

With their standard 2-row configurations, you’ll be able to pack a range of items. In the X5, you can use 56.5 cubic feet of cargo volume while the Mazda CX-5 provides up to 59.6 cubic feet of cargo volume with its rear seats folded down.


How Safe Is Each SUV?

Another important aspect to consider when shopping for a new SUV is the safety of each vehicle. While both of these models come with a range of safety systems and advanced technologies that can help you stay out of harm’s way, the Mazda CX-5 is the more highly rated vehicle in terms of safety.

  • NHTSA Ratings: The 2021 BMW X5 received a 4-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). After going through the same testing, though, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating by the NHTSA, which is the highest rating a car can earn.
  • IIHS Ratings: The 2021 Mazda CX-5 also had the honor of being an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+.The 2021 BMW X5 was not recognized by the IIHS.
2021 Mazda CX-5 safety features

Safety Technologies

2021 MAZDA CX-5 safety technologies
Part of what makes the Mazda CX-5 such a safe SUV and helps you feel more confident while driving are all the standard driver-assistive features it has. These include systems like:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-keep Assist

While the X5 also comes with some similar safety technologies, it doesn’t include as many standard driver-assistive features as you’ll get with the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Plus, only the Mazda CX-5 offers available Driver Attention Alert and the Traffic Sign Recognition System.

With Driver Attention Alert, this Mazda SUV can monitor your driving behavior and alert you any time it detects you’re becoming drowsy or distracted and should take a break. With the help of the Traffic Sign Recognition System, you’ll always know the posted speed limit and be prepared for any upcoming stop signs.


Which SUV Gets Better Gas Mileage?

Each of these vehicles offers exceptional handling and the power needed for your everyday drives. With the technology of the Skyactiv®-G engine, though, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is able to provide a more efficient performance.

Drivetrain

MAZDA CX-5

BMW X5

FWD/RWD

EPA-estimated

25 city/31 highway MPG*

EPA-estimated

21 city/26 highway MPG

AWD

EPA-estimated

 24 city/30 highway MPG*

EPA-estimated

21 city/25 highway MPG

As you can see, no matter if you stick with the standard drivetrain or opt for the added traction of the available AWD (all-wheel drive) systems, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 will take you farther and make the most out of each gallon of gas.


The Overall Design of the 2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2021 BMW X5

Both of these SUVs fit right into the luxury category of vehicles, and it’s easy to see why. When you open the doors to the cabin of each one, you’ll find plenty of premium features and a modern, upscale design. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 in particular showcases what a luxurious ride is all about with its available:

  • Caturra Brown Nappa leather trim
  • Premium stitching
  • Genuine layered wood trim

The BMW X5 also has a well-appointed interior with many stylish options. Looking at their exteriors, though, it’s easy to see why many drivers prefer the overall style of the Mazda CX-5. Designed with a balance of elegance and strength, its exterior is both sleek and modern but with a powerful stance that’s sure to turn heads.

2021 MAZDA CX-5 exterior design

While offering a luxury appearance, the BMW X5 exterior is a bit more rounded in shape and not quite as sleek and sporty as the Mazda CX-5. Both models also come with premium exterior lighting, including LED headlights. However, only the 2021 Mazda CX-5 offers the available Adaptive Front-lighting System. With this system, the headlights can actually pivot in the direction you’re turning. That way, whether you’re driving around a curve in the road or making a turn at the intersection, you’ll always have great visibility when driving at night.


Choosing Between the MAZDA CX-5 vs BMW X5

As you can see, there’s a lot to like about both of these premium SUVs. While each of these models stands out from the rest of the competition, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is the SUV that offers a more comfortable, fuel-efficient, and safer ride.

Drivers near the Willow Grove, Willow Manor, and Glenside, areas can experience the ride inside the Mazda CX-5 here at Sussman Mazda! Contact us to schedule your test drive now!

* EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

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