2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2021 Acura RDX

2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2021 Acura RDX
2021 MAZDA CX-5 2021 Acura RDX
Starting MSRP *
  $25,370 $38,400
Torque *
  186 lb ft - 320 lb-ft 280 lb-ft
MPG (City/Highway) **
  25/31 22/28
Rear Leg Room
  39.6 in. 38.0 in.

2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2021 Acura RDX

Serving Shrewsbury, NJ

For 2021, the base MSRP for the Mazda CX-5 is below the Acura RDX base price. However, these are both compact crossover SUVs that appear to be relatively similar on the surface. Are you trying to decide if the Mazda CX-5 will live up to your expectations or if you should try the RDX? With many differences between these models, a deeper look is in order.


The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is a stunning vehicle from every angle. An undulating accent rolls over the swooping hood and front-wheel fenders from the nose before tapering down across the side panels. This is combined with black molding that highlights the Mazda CX-5's practical ground clearance. The front LED headlights, and the rear lights are prominently angled to show off the Mazda CX-5's modern appeal. In comparison, the 2021 Acura RDX has less curvature through the hood with a strong slope over the hood. The sides have a busy look with multiple accent pieces placed at different angles. This busy look continues through the headlights with a series of small bulbs underscored by an LED ribbon.


The interior of the Mazda CX-5 is dressed in Nappa leather in select trims, and all trims have stunning accent materials and numerous technologies. Some of the top features you could enjoy in your Mazda CX-5 are a 10.25-inch display screen, MAZDA CONNECT™ technologies, a panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay, a Bose sound system, and other premium features. In the 2021 Acura RDX, the busy look established on the exterior continues throughout the center console design and stack design. This unique design has several layers with features running at various angles. The RDX has many of the same features as you may find in the Mazda CX-5. These include an infotainment display screen, leather material, and more.


The Mazda CX-5 is offered with two powertrain possibilities across the trim line. The top-of-the-line Mazda CX-5 is priced below the base RDX, so a comparison of these options' capabilities is in order. The Mazda CX-5's top engine is a turbo four-cylinder, Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter Dynamic Pressure engine. The RDX's sole engine at all trims is a turbo four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine. While the RDX just edges above the Mazda CX-5 in horsepower, the Mazda CX-5 has considerably more torque, which makes it faster off of a line.

The Schwartz Mazda sales team is happy to support your in-person review of the Mazda CX-5 throughout its full trim line. To wrap up your model review, contact our sales department for a test drive appointment.

* 320 lb-ft Torque with 93 Octane Premium Unleaded Fuel.
** EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.