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Mazda CX-5 Vs. Kia Sportage: Specs, Dimensions, Interior & More

2024 Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage

Shop New Mazda CX-5

If you’re trying to find the perfect SUV for your lifestyle, we recommend taking a look at our Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage comparison. At Gunther Mazda, our team understands that shopping for a new vehicle is not an easy task – after all, many options are available, which can make the process feel overwhelming.

Our goal is to make your shopping experience as seamless as possible and provide the information you need to make an informed decision. Check out our Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage specs comparison below and let us know if you have any questions.

2024 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2024 Kia Sportage Comparison at a Glance

2024 MAZDA CX-5 2024 Kia Sportage
Standard Engine SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 2.5L Inline 4-cylinder
Available Engine SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 with Dynamic Pressure Turbo N/A
Max Horsepower 256 187
Max Torque 320 lb-ft 178 lb-ft
EPA-Estimated MPG (City/Highway/Combined) 26/31/281 25/32/282
Max Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs3 2,500 lbs 4
Max Cargo Space 59.3 cu ft 74.1 cu ft
Hip Room (Front/Rear) 55.2 in/55.3 in 54.8 in/53.4 in
Headroom (Front/Rear) 39.0 in/39.0 in 37.8 in/38.0 in
Seating Capacity 5 5
Kia Sportage vs. Mazda CX-5 Trims

Kia Sportage vs. Mazda CX-5 Trims

The 2024 Mazda CX-5 lineup offers eight sophisticated options to choose from:


In addition, you can choose from a range of beautiful colors like Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Eternal Blue Mica, and Platinum Quartz Metallic, depending on the trim you choose.

The 2024 Kia Sportage offers seven trims, the LX, EX, X-Line AWD, SX, SX Prestige, Sportage X-Pro, and Sportage X-Pro Prestige, and a range of color options like Everlasting Silver, Jungle Green, and Dawning Red. Similar to the Mazda CX-5, these hues will vary depending on the trim you decide on.

Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage Performance

Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage Performance

If you want higher numbers in horsepower and torque, the 2024 Mazda CX-5 is the obvious choice. This dynamic SUV’s max horsepower and torque majorly surpasses the 2024 Kia Sportage model’s max 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque with 256 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.

These figures are due to the powerful available engine offered in the Mazda CX-5 – the Skyactiv®-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine – when premium fuel is used. The Kia Sportage, on the other hand, only offers one engine type, a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, so there’s no opportunity to upgrade to more power and torque when you choose this SUV. Not only that, AWD is standard on every model in the Mazda CX-5 lineup and available in the Kia Sportage lineup.

When it comes to MPG, both SUVs reach similar numbers, depending on the particular model. For example, Mazda CX-5 models that are equipped with i-Stop and CDA offer an EPA-estimated 26/31/28 MPG (City/Highway/Combined),1 while the best MPG the Kia Sportage offers is an EPA-estimated 25/32/28 (City/Highway/Combined).2

Regarding towing capacity, each Mazda CX-5 model has the strength to tow up to 2,000 pounds.3 While the Kia Sportage can tow up to 2,500 pounds,4 that’s only with trailer brakes. Otherwise, the Kia Sportage can tow up to 1,653 pounds without trailer brakes.4

Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage Features

Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage Features

Now let’s look inside both models and consider how the Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage interior stack against each other.

When it comes to Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage dimensions, the Kia Sportage offers more cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are down. However, the Mazda CX-5 provides more hip room in both the front and rear at 55.2 and 55.3 inches, respectively, as opposed to 54.8 and 53.4 inches in the Kia Sportage. The Mazda CX-5 also provides 39 inches of headroom in the front and rear with its available moonroof, which is more than the 37.8 and 38 inches provided in the front and rear, respectively, of the Kia model with its available panoramic sunroof.

Both models offer seating for five, but when it comes to the finer details, the Mazda CX-5 levels up against the Kia SUV. For example, the Mazda CX-5 offers available leather-trimmed seats in addition to the standard leather-wrapped gear selector and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The only leather you’ll find in the Kia Sportage is a leather-wrapped gear shift knob and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Other features that you will find on the base Mazda CX-5 model but not on the Kia standard model are Push Button Start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats.

The Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage come with a standard six-speaker audio system. If you want to upgrade to a richer sound, you can enjoy the available Bose® 10-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint and AudioPilot in the Mazda CX-5 or the Harman Kardon® Premium Surround Sound system with HALOsonic with eight speakers in the Kia Sportage.

Test-Drive the 2024 Mazda CX-5 Today

Test-Drive the 2024 Mazda CX-5 Today

If you’re ready to upgrade to a stylish, sophisticated SUV, you can’t go wrong with the 2024 Mazda CX-5. if you’d like to learn more about the Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage comparison, contact us today. We’d love to tell you more about the advantages of choosing the Mazda CX-5 – but the best way to find out if this premium SUV is the right fit for your lifestyle is by taking a test drive.

Wondering how the Mazda CX-5 compares to other SUVs? Check out our Mazda CX-5 vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison to see how the Mazda CX-5 shines next to another competitor.

A new Mazda CX-5 is waiting for you here at Gunther Mazda. What are you waiting for?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Mazda CX-5 bigger than a Kia Sportage?

The Kia Sportage is a few inches longer than the Mazda CX-5 and offers more cargo space when the rear seats are down. However, the Mazda CX-5 offers more front and rear hip room and more headroom with its available moonroof than the Kia Sportage does with its available panoramic sunroof. Stop by Gunther Mazda today to see the Mazda CX-5 in person.

Which has more standard features between the Mazda CX-5 vs. Kia Sportage?

While both models offer a variety of standard features, some of the features that are standard on the base model of the Mazda CX-5 are not standard on the entry-level model of the Kia Sportage. These include Push Button Start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and all-wheel drive. Come explore all the standard features that the Mazda CX-5 offers today.

Which is better: Mazda CX-5 or Kia Sportage?

If you’re looking for a premium SUV that offers an elevated driving experience, we recommend choosing the Mazda CX-5 over the Kia Sportage. The best way to determine which SUV is right for you is to take a test drive. Here at Gunther Mazda, we’re passionate about the Mazda brand and Mazda CX-5 lineup and would love to tell you more about this incredible SUV.


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1EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

2EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.

3Up to 2,000 pounds of towing capacity. Towing capacities shown are maximums and must be reduced by the weight of any passenger, cargo hitch or optional equipment in the towing vehicle. Please refer to vehicle Owner’s Manual for details regarding towing capacities and other valuable information. Towing a trailer may have an effect on vehicle’s handling, braking, durability, performance and driving economy. For specific information on recommended or required equipment, see your Mazda Dealer. Hitches are available through manufacturers other than Mazda.

4Towing requires additional equipment. See Owner’s Manual for towing capacity and additional information and warnings. For information on proper towing procedures, please speak to a Kia representative. The Owner’s Manual also features detailed towing instructions and is available for download at https://www.kiatechinfo.com; subscription required for site access.


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