Sportage

CX-3

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sportage has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sportage has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Kia Sportage as a “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Mazda CX-3 is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-3:

Sportage LX/S/EX

Sportage SX Turbo

CX-3

CX-3 AWD

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Sportage stops shorter than the CX-3:

Sportage

CX-3

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sportage has larger standard tires than the CX-3 (225/60R17 vs. 215/60R16). The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-3 (245/45R19 vs. 215/60R16).

The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-3 Grand Touring/Touring’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sportage LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-3 Sport. The Sportage SX Turbo’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CX-3 Grand Touring/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Kia Sportage has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda CX-3 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Sportage has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-3’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Sportage has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sportage flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-3’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sportage’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the CX-3 (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CX-3.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the CX-3 Touring AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CX-3 Grand Touring AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Sportage has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-3 (6.8 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the Sportage to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sportage’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the CX-3 Touring/Grand Touring (6.8 vs. 6.2 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Sportage has 11 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-3 (98.6 vs. 87.6).

The Sportage has .9 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.2 inches more rear hip room and 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sportage’s rear seats recline. The CX-3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-3 with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 12.4 cubic feet). The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-3 with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 44.5 cubic feet).

The Sportage’s cargo area is larger than the CX-3’s in every dimension:

Sportage

CX-3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.4”/68.2”

27.8”/58”

Max Width

52.3”

n/a

Min Width

41”

39.4”

Height

29.5”

26.6”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sportage EX/SX Turbo’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Sportage’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Sportage has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The CX-3 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Sportage has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The CX-3 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Sportage and the CX-3 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sportage is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-3 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CX-3 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Sportage has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CX-3 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except S/LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CX-3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Sportage’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The CX-3 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Sportage and the CX-3 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sportage has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-3 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

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The Sportage will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sportage will retain 47.52% to 50.83% of its original price after five years, while the CX-3 only retains 45.65% to 46.16%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the CX-3 because typical repairs cost less on the Sportage than the CX-3, including $19 less for front brake pads, $142 less for a starter and $126 less for fuel injection.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports? recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mazda CX-3 isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage third among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The CX-3 isn’t in the top three.

The Kia Sportage outsold the Mazda CX-3 by almost five to one during 2018.

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