2021 Kia Sportage vs 2021 Mazda CX-5

See How the Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5 Match Up

Have you been trying to find the perfect compact SUV for your family that doesn't compromise on thrilling power, connected technology, intelligent safety, and head-turning design? Perhaps you've stumbled across the Kia Sportage in your search. As with any wonderful vehicle that breaks boundaries, competition is bound to arise, and comparing models is a great way to speed up the research phase.

Let's explore what makes the Kia Sportage stand out from its competitors, specifically, the Mazda CX-5.

2021 Kia Sportage
2021 Mazda CX-5

Performance Features

Both of these compact SUVs are similar in standard engine configurations, churning out about the same horsepower and torque. They both also come with available all-wheel drive. However, the Kia Sportage includes a little something that the Mazda CX-5 doesn't. Enjoy the available Dynamax™ Full-time All-Wheel Drive system that uniquely utilizes electronic sensors to monitor the condition of the road ahead and appropriately distributes power to your four wheels. This is vital in managing traction and control on any surface, especially on uncertain surfaces such as snow, rain, and icy conditions. This system also boosts the quality of the low-speed traction to improve your ride in nearly any circumstance.

Technology Features

Find the high-tech perks you desire in the Kia Sportage, including a standard 10-way power seat with lumbar support, an eight-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, and plenty of USB ports and charging options for your passengers to choose from.

The Mazda CX-5 doesn't fail in the realm of technology, offering competitive perks and novelty options like analog and digital controls, but it generally falls short in comparison to the Kia Sportage, only offering an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat at the apex trim level and less conveniently placed charging opportunities.

Safety and Driver's Assistance Features

That incredible traction system included with the all-wheel drive drivetrain on the Kia Sportage is conveniently backed-up with Hill Start Assist Control, Electronic Stability Control, and Downhill Brake Control. While these are popular features on many vehicles, including the Mazda CX-5, the combination of these safety aides with the traction-ready drivetrain makes for an ultra-safe ride.

Also enjoy an available blind-spot sensor, forward collision alerts, and smart cruise control as a complete suite on the Kia Sportage. You'll have additional peace of mind when you drive your family in the Kia Sportage.


The Kia Sportage wins in terms of roominess when compared to the Mazda CX-5 model. Expect near a foot more of cargo space inside the Kia and additional front-row legroom area. Those extra bits of space may not seem like much, but when you're packing for your next trip and can squeeze that extra bag inside, you'll be grateful you chose the Kia Sportage. Your passengers will also thank you for the slight improvement of legroom over its Mazda rival.

In general, you'll find the Kia Sportage to be the perfect option for those drivers that crave a colorful, dynamic ride. Interior and exterior colorways and patterns are typical in the Mazda CX-5 and don't stray too far from automotive norms. However, the Kia Sportage, in typical Kia flair, brings style and excitement like no other with color options such as Burnished Copper and Hyper Red.

Test Drive the Kia Sportage Today

Convinced of the Kia SUV's excellence? Easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call to come in for the full tour at Bill Dodge Kia of Saco. Our tea of Kia enthusiasts is excited to show off all the ways this capable model can best serve you and your family's lifestyle for many miles to come. Stop by and see us to explore the Kia Sportage today.

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