Compact CUV Comparison: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox Vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5

Compact Crossover SUV Comparison: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox Versus 2021 Mazda CX-5
2021 Chevrolet Equinox
2021 Mazda CX-5
Chevrolet Equinox L FWD Standard Vehicle Comparison Mazda CX-5 Sport FWD
$23,800* Base Price MSRP $25,270
Turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder Engine 2.5L 4-cylinder
203 lb-ft Torque 186 lb-ft
26 MPG EPA-estimated Fuel Economy - City 25 MPG
5 Seating Capacity (passengers) 5
63.9 Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 59.6
107.3 Wheelbase (inches) 106.2
3,274 Base Curb Weight (pounds) 3,552
Available Features On The Equinox
Available Features On The CX-5
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Compatibility
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Teen Driver technology
  • Heated front seats
  • High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps
  • Power driver seat with lumbar control
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Driver memory seat
  • 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay integration
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Paddle shifters
  • Rear power liftgate
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Off-road Traction Assist

The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox and 2021 Mazda CX-5 go head-to-head in the ultra-competitive compact crossover SUV segment. While these two CUVs boast some similarities in overall size, fuel economy and performance, there are plenty of ways that the Chevy Equinox differentiates itself from the Mazda crossover.

We've covered some of the differences in the comparison table below. Still, in this article, we'll look deeper at why many crossover SUV shoppers prefer the highly affordable and value-packed Chevrolet Equinox.

For one, the 2021 Equinox offers a significantly lower starting MSRP than the 2021 Mazda CX-5. When you keep in mind that both come well-equipped in their standard trims, the Chevy is an even more attractive choice.

The team at Henna Chevrolet is here to help Round Rock, TX, area motorists find their ideal next vehicle, whether that's a new Chevy or some other option. We want you to be an informed shopper that is happy with your purchase or lease decision!

Let's take a look at some of the key differences between Chevy's new Equinox and the Mazda CX-5 to help you determine if one of these compact CUVs is the better option for you. As always, you can reach out to our Austin, TX, dealership's dedicated sales associates with questions after reading this comparison review and conducting your own research!

Comparing Chevrolet's Equinox to the Mazda CX-5

Chevrolet is known for delivering excellent value, and the 2021 Equinox follows this winning equation with its impressive standard features list and affordable starting MSRP. With its $23,800 base price, the 2021 Equinox L FWD edition comes standard with Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of driver-assistive and active safety technologies.

Included with the Equinox's standard Chevy Safety Assist package are Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, IntelliBeam and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

You won't find a comparable safety suite as standard equipment on the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Mazda's safety package lacks some of the features you'll find with every 2021 Chevy Equinox.

When it comes to passenger space, these two crossovers offer similar room for up to five occupants. While the total passenger volume is quite similar, cargo capacity is a different story. Fold down the second-row seating in the Equinox and you'll uncover up to 63.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, compared to just 59.6 cubic feet in the CX-5. Plus, with the Equinox's hidden storage under the rear cargo floor, you can take even more gear with you and secure it safely and out of sight.

Chevy's turbocharged 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine is featured under the hood of every 2021 Equinox and powers this CUV with an impressive 203 lb-ft of torque. Mazda's 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four is utilized in the CX-5 as the standard engine and does the job, but it can't match the Chevy's torque.

While both of these compact SUV models deliver impressive fuel economy, the new Equinox edges out the CX-5 when it comes to standard city MPG as rated by the EPA. This is likely partly due to the Chevy CUV tipping the scales at hundreds of pounds lighter than a comparable Mazda CX-5.

Innovative features like Chevy's Teen Driver technology and Rear Seat Reminder make the 2021 Equinox an ideal crossover SUV for families and drivers of all ages. If you go with the Mazda, you'll have to forfeit features like this, as they're not available on the CX-5.

Find Your New Chevy SUV at Our Austin, TX, Dealership

If you're ready to experience the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox for yourself in the Austin, Texas, area, then we invite you to shop our online inventory here at Henna Chevrolet. We stock the popular Equinox lineup in a range of trims, configurations and colors.

Four trims -- the L, LS, LT and Premier -- make up the 2021 Equinox lineup, and each is offered with standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or available all-wheel drive (AWD).

The new Equinox L trim starts the lineup off right with a standard Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touchscreen plus Keyless Open and Start technology. Graduating to the top-trim Premier grants motorists leather-appointed seating surfaces and a hands-free power liftgate, amongst other upscale upgrades!

Even at the top of the Equinox lineup, you'll find that the Premier edition boasts highly affordable pricing compared to the Mazda CX-5's top trim. Why spend more when you can enjoy premium amenities at a Chevy price?

Austin, TX, area SUV buyers can count on Henna Chevrolet to provide even more affordable options for their new Chevy upgrade, thanks to our finance offers and lease specials. We encourage you to shop our latest incentives for attractive options, and don't forget to get pre-qualified for financing.

Your new Chevy SUV awaits at our full-service auto dealership near Round Rock, so don't wait any longer to treat yourself to one of these high-tech, versatile and reliable rides!

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