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2023 Kia Sportage vs. 2023 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2023 Kia
Sportage

MSRP*: $26,290 to $37,090
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2023 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $26,700 to $39,650
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MPG - City 23 - 25 MPG 22 - 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 - 32 MPG 27 - 30 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 74.1 ft3 59.3 ft3
Engine
  • 187-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 187-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 8-Speed A/T 6-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 187 hp 187 - 227 hp
Towing Capacity 1,653 lbs 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 183.5 in 180.1 in
Exterior Width 73.4 in 72.6 in
Leg Room Front 41.4 in
Rear 41.3 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Head Room Front 37.8 - 39.6 in
Rear 38.0 - 39.4 in
Front 39.3 - 39.7 in
Rear 39.0 in

*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
The Kia Sportage offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Mazda CX-5, with comparable 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia Sportage will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mazda CX-5.

Dimensions
The Kia Sportage is a little wider than the Mazda CX-5, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. 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 larger turning radius than the Mazda CX-5, making it slightly more difficult to 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. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Kia Sportage and 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. The Kia Sportage has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Mazda CX-5.