While looking to take your commutes in and around Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, Massachusetts, to the next level, you've likely found yourself looking for a spacious and performance-ready SUV. In that case, you may be torn between the 2022 Subaru Outback and the 2021 Mazda CX-5.

To help you out, we here at Ira Subaru have created this Subaru Outback vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison.

Ready to learn which vehicle best suits your needs? Keep reading to find out!

Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5: Performance Capabilities

Between commuting to and from work, getting your kids to sports practice, going grocery shopping, and everything else you do daily, you need a vehicle that can keep up with your travel needs. When looking at the performance capabilities of the Subaru Outback vs. Mazda CX-5, you'll make far fewer trips to the gas pump with the Outback.

Equipped with a 14.8-gallon fuel tank, the Mazda CX-5 can't keep up with the 18.5-gallon tank of the Subaru Outback. A larger fuel tank isn't the only thing you'll find with the Outback, though. With this SUV, you'll also have an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG. With the CX-5, you'll only get an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG.

You'll also have more power to bring along all your favorite things with the Outback. The Mazda CX-5 has a maximum available towing capacity of 2,000 pounds when properly equipped. With the Outback, however, you'll have a maximum available towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. This is the difference between bringing a single jet ski for the annual trip to the lake house and bringing a couple so everyone can have fun.

Those looking to travel farther distances without the need to stop should go with the Subaru Outback.

Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5: Dimensions

To travel comfortably, you'll need a spacious cabin to accommodate your family and their belongings. Thankfully, both the Subaru Outback and Mazda CX-5 have exactly that. However, taller passengers will be more apt to travel comfortably in the Outback.

Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5 Interior Dimensions


Subaru Outback

Mazda CX-5

Headroom (front/rear)

40.1 inches/39.1 inches

39.7 inches/39 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42.8 inches/39.5 inches

41 inches/39.6 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

58.1 inches/57.4 inches

57.1 inches/54.8 inches

In addition to more room overall for passenger comfort, the Subaru Outback also has extra cargo space, which is perfect for lugging around sporting equipment. With the rear seats upright, the Outback has 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space you'll get with the CX-5.

When extra cargo space is needed, the rear seats in both vehicles can be folded down. That creates 75.7 cubic feet of cargo room for Outback drivers, while CX-5 drivers will only have 59.6 cubic feet of space to fill.

Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5: Connective & Audio Technology

With all that commuting, you'll want to stay connected while on the go. Fortunately, both vehicles come standard with an infotainment screen that's compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. That means that all your favorite songs, podcasts, playlists, and compatible apps can be easily accessed on the go.

The CX-5 also can't compete when it comes to sound. This vehicle has the available 10-Speaker Bose® surround system, but the Subaru Outback has the available Harman Kardon® premium system with 12 speakers, including a dedicated center channel dash speaker and subwoofer.

Do you want a reliable audio system? Simply install the optional Qi wireless charger into the Subaru Outback, hook it up to your preferred smartphone's app, set your phone on the charging pad, and go. This way, no matter how long your drive lasts, you'll never have to worry about your battery life. The Mazda CX-5 doesn't even offer wireless charging as an option.

Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5: Safety

An important part of buying any new car is checking out the safety features. Both the Subaru Outback and Mazda CX-5 have comprehensive suites full of features designed to keep you and your family safe. As standard, both have the following systems under slightly different brand-specific titles:

  • Pre-Collision Systems
  • Lane Keeping Systems
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

All of these features can help you keep you safe on the road, but the biggest thing that keeps you safe on the road is you. The Subaru Outback has the available DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System, which not only will provide you auditory cues when it senses you drifting or looking away, but it can even remember the settings you like.

While the CX-5 has a Driver Attention Alert, it is only available on the highest trim level. The Outback offers the DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System on four of its seven trim levels.

Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5: Customization

You are one of a kind, and you want a vehicle that shows that. Both the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Outback have seven trim levels each. When it comes to exterior colors, you'll have seven options with the Mazda CX-5, mostly in the blue and gray spectrum, but you can also get a nice shade of red. The Subaru has nine available exterior colors, including:

  • Autumn Green Metallic
  • Brilliant Bronze Metallic
  • Cinnamon Brown Pearl

When it comes to making an interior that expresses you, just as much as the exterior does. The Mazda CX-5 has seven available interiors-one cloth, two leatherettes, three leathers, and one Nappa leather-and the Outback has eight available interiors: three cloth, one StarTex®, four leathers, and one Nappa leather.

With more colors and interiors, you'll have more color combinations to explore with the Outback than with the Mazda.

Subaru Outback vs Mazda CX-5: The Verdict

When viewed on their own, both vehicles can stand strong on all four wheels, but when comparing the features of the Subaru Outback vs. Mazda CX-5, there is no real competition. The Outback outperforms in all categories.

To learn more about all the features of the Outback and how they can improve your commutes in and around Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, MA, visit us at Ira Subaru today! Our team is excited to meet you and show you the entire range of Outback trim levels we have on offer, so you can find the one that fits you.

We'll get you set up with a test drive, so you won't need to take a 14-hour flight to visit the Outback.

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