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2020 Kia Niro vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2020 Kia
Niro

MSRP*: $24,590 to $32,790
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2021 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $25,370 to $37,505
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Invoice* $23,853 to $31,807 $24,896 to $36,044
MPG - City 46 - 51 MPG 22 - 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 40 - 46 MPG 27 - 31 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 54.5 ft3 59.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 104 hp 187 - 227 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 171.5 in 179.1 in
Exterior Width 71.1 in 72.5 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 39.1 in
Front 39.3 - 39.7 in
Rear 39.0 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-5 than in the Kia Niro, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia Niro offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-5, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Niro as you will with the Mazda CX-5, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia Niro will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mazda CX-5. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Kia Niro and the Mazda CX-5 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Niro is a little narrower than the Mazda CX-5, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Kia Niro is slightly shorter than the Mazda CX-5, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Kia Niro has a smaller turning radius than the Mazda CX-5, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Niro has a lot less horsepower than the Mazda CX-5.

Powertrain
The Kia Niro has much lower torque than the Mazda CX-5, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Kia Niro and the Mazda CX-5. The Kia Niro has less cargo space than the Mazda CX-5, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Niro than that of the Mazda CX-5.