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2022 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2022 Kia
Sportage

MSRP*: $24,090 to $35,250
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2021 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $25,370 to $37,505
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Invoice* $23,125 to $33,664 $24,896 to $36,044
MPG - City 19 - 23 MPG 22 - 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 MPG 27 - 31 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 60.1 ft3 59.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 181 - 240 hp 187 - 227 hp
Towing Capacity 1,653 lbs 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 176.4 in 179.1 in
Exterior Width 73.0 in 72.5 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 38.2 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Head Room Front 37.6 - 39.3 in
Rear 37.9 - 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** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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 Sportage, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Mazda CX-5 offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Kia Sportage, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Sportage 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). Whether you pick the Kia Sportage or the Mazda CX-5, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 Sportage and the Mazda CX-5 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Sportage is about the same width as the Mazda CX-5. When looking at overall length, the Kia Sportage takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda CX-5.

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

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 is clearly the choice over the Kia Sportage for pulling heavy loads. The Kia Sportage has a little less horsepower than the Mazda CX-5.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Kia Sportage doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-5.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Kia Sportage as you will in the Mazda CX-5.

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