2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid vs. 2024 Mazda CX-5 Review

Picture of the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

2023 Kia
Sportage Hybrid

MSRP*: $27,490 to $36,390
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Picture of the 2024 Mazda CX-5

2024 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $29,300 to $40,600
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MPG - City 38 - 42 MPG 22 - 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 38 - 44 MPG 27 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 74.1 ft3 59.3 ft3
Engine
  • 177-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
  • 187-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 177 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 37.8 - 39.1 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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Sportage Hybrid than in the Mazda CX-5. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Kia Sportage Hybrid and the Mazda CX-5.

Convenience
The Kia Sportage Hybrid requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda CX-5, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Hybrid will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mazda CX-5.

Dimensions
The Kia Sportage Hybrid 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 Hybrid takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda CX-5.

Handling
The Kia Sportage Hybrid 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 Hybrid for pulling heavy loads. The Kia Sportage Hybrid has a little less horsepower than the Mazda CX-5.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Kia Sportage Hybrid transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than 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 Hybrid and the Mazda CX-5. The Kia Sportage Hybrid has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Mazda CX-5.