Volvo vs Mazda Overview at Motorcars Volvo

As you begin your search for your next new vehicle, it's certainly easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice available in today's marketplace. When narrowing down the contenders, it's only natural that Volvo has caught your eye. After all, it's hard to find another brand that can match the advanced technology, innovative safety, and incredible versatility offered across the Volvo lineup. To demonstrate the strengths of the brand, our team at Motorcars Volvo Cars has assembled this in-depth brand comparison in which Volvo goes up against one of its top competitors - Mazda. Which one will earn the victory? Let's take a look and find out!

Volvo Model Lineup

Safety

It's hard to find another brand that's more committed to protecting the lives of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians quite like Volvo. As a matter of fact, Volvo is credited with pioneering many of the safety features now included as standard on virtually all vehicles all across the world. Below, you'll find a list of examples that were developed and made their debut on a Volvo vehicle.

  • Three-point safety belt - (1959)
  • Rearward-facing child seat (1972)
  • Side Impact Protection System (1991)
  • Whiplash Protection System (1998)
  • The Inflatable Curtain (1998)
  • Roll Stability Control (2002)
  • Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake (2010)
  • Run-off Road Protection (2014)

Following the completion of rigorous testing conducted by experts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the results paint a very clear picture. For 2021, Volvo earned a 5-star safety rating for a total of 11 models. The 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates how vehicles perform in crash tests. NHTSA performs frontal, side, and rollover tests because these types account for the majority of crashes on America's roadways. Mazda simply cannot measure up to Volvo when it comes to safety.

The following Volvo models received 5-Star ratings:

  • 2021 Volvo S60 T5
  • 2021 Volvo S60 T6 AWD
  • 2021 Volvo V60 T5
  • 2021 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD
  • 2021 Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country
  • 2021 Volvo XC40 T4
  • 2021 Volvo XC60 T5 / T5 AWD
  • 2021 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD
  • 2021 Volvo XC90 T5 / T5 AWD
  • 2021 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD
  • 2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD
Volvo XC90

Car of the Decade Award - Volvo XC90

If you're looking for a vehicle that offers a combination of prestige, seductive styling, and state-of-the-art technology -- it's hard to ignore Volvo. The expert team of designers and engineers at Volvo work tirelessly to produce vehicles that are truly a cut above the competition. The end result? Volvo vehicles regularly earn top praise from critics all across the automotive industry.

If you're looking for a vehicle that offers a combination of prestige, seductive styling, and state-of-the-art technology -- it's hard to ignore Volvo. The expert team of designers and engineers at Volvo work tirelessly to produce vehicles that are truly a cut above the competition. The end result? Volvo vehicles regularly earn top praise from critics all across the automotive industry.

"The Volvo XC90 is one of the best cars of the decade because it's a spectacular luxury SUV that kicked off a long line of fresh new vehicles forever changing the course of the Volvo brand," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. "The XC90 effectively elevates the entire brand to a true luxury position, it's the full embodiment of all that Volvo can do right. The XC90 is a perfect example of how design restraint actually adds to the allure of a given vehicle. Both inside and out, the Volvo XC90 is tasteful and luxurious."

Volvo XC40 Recharge

A Leader in Electrification

From instantaneous response to smooth power delivery and incredible savings on fuel -- it's getting harder and harder to overlook the extensive list of benefits that come from making the switch to an all-electric vehicle. Ranging from eye-catching sedans and wagons to luxurious SUVs -- Volvo continues to set the benchmark for the industry when it comes to the development of EVs. Mazda on the other hand, does not currently produce a dedicated electric vehicle in the North American market.

Across the Volvo lineup, you'll have your choice of five hybrid vehicles in addition to two pure electric models. Regardless of your driving style, Volvo continues to lead the pack when it comes to electric vehicles.

Current Volvo Hybrids & EVs

  • S60 Recharge
  • S90 Recharge
  • V60 Recharge
  • XC40 Recharge
  • XC60 Recharge
  • XC90 Recharge
  • C40 Recharge