2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2021 Kia Sportage
It’s easy to see why compact crossovers, like the Mazda CX-5 and the Kia Sportage, are one of the fastest-growing segments in the industry today. Crossovers strike a considered balance between the maneuverability and style of a car and the utility, strength, and space of an SUV. If you’re considering one of the cars in this segment, your list probably includes the CX-5 and Sportage since they’re two of the better crossovers to come out of the industry’s top manufacturers.
However, it’s likely you only have the budget for one of these fine automobiles. Which should you choose? Let’s take a closer look at each model to find out.
A big reason (pun intended) to spring for a crossover SUV is its expansive interior: both the Sportage and the CX-5 can comfortably seat up to five people with plenty of leg and headroom for everyone, as well as room for everyone’s luggage. As far as numbers go, the Kia Sportage offers 38.2 inches of rear legroom and 51.2 inches of rear hip room, and in the front, 54.3 inches of hip room.
The Mazda CX-5 holds a slight edge here, with its 39.6 inches of rear legroom, 55.3 inches rear hip room and 55.2 inches of front hip room. That means there’s a bit more room for everyone to stretch out in the Mazda.
In addition, the Mazda offers a maximum cargo area of 59.6 cubic feet, which far outstrips the 30.7-cubic-foot standard cargo capacity of the Sportage. Even with all the seats up, the CX-5 has 30.9 cubic feet of space for all of your baggage.
Power & Performance
Both of these vehicles have impressive horsepower and torque, but the Mazda takes the efficiency title. The Kia Sportage’s base-level engine can pull a respectable 181 horsepower, which doesn’t quite match the CX-5’s 187-horsepower engine available on all trims. While the Sportage has some engine upgrades to choose from, that greater power comes with a major efficiency hit.
Meanwhile, the Mazda beats out the Kia in MPG for city and highway, in both standard and all-wheel drive configurations. Plus, the Mazda features other exclusive performance-enhancing technology, such as
- i-ACTIV AWD®: seamlessly switch between two-wheel-drive efficiency and all-wheel-drive traction without needing driver intervention.
- SKYACTIV® technology: a lighter, stronger frame made of ultra-high tensile-strength steel means you don’t have to compromise on strength or weight.
- SKYACTIV®-G engine: power and brains with Cylinder Deactivation, which helps reduce fuel consumption no matter where you drive.
For sleek, modern styling that’s sure to turn heads, both the Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5 are great choices. However, for real curb appeal, you might want to consider the bold, unconventional color choices of the CX-5, like Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, or Sonic Silver Metallic. The Kia has more traditional colors – grays, blues, whites, and blacks – that are perfectly serviceable.
Where the Mazda shines, however, is in its “Soul of Motion” design philosophy, which embodies the dynamic beauty of life, even when sitting still. You can notice that philosophy throughout the design decisions of the Mazda, but especially in the body contouring, headlight detailing, and sophisticated wheels.
Of course, there’s no accounting, ultimately, for taste. You’ll just have to take them both for a test drive to see which is right for you!
The Winner Is: 2021 Mazda CX-5, for sale in Portland
When you’re ready to take a 2021 Mazda CX-5 for a test drive in Portland, Gresham, Vancouver, or the surrounding areas, come by Ron Tonkin Mazda, where our helpful sales staff will help you find the perfect Mazda for your needs.
Once you’ve found the perfect new or used Mazda car or SUV, our financing department will work with you to find a great deal that won’t break your bank. Even after you drive off the lot, our service department is standing by to maintain, service, and repair your Mazda whenever it needs.