Sportage

CX-5

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

78.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sportage uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sportage has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sportage has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:

Sportage

CX-5

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the CX-5:

Sportage

CX-5

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-5 (245/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5 Sport/Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Sportage has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CX-5.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the CX-5 Signature AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the CX-5’s (34.8 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis

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The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

Passenger Space

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The Sportage has .5 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sportage has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-5 with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sportage’s liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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-5 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-5 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-5 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-5 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-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Both the Sportage and the CX-5 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-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Sportage (except LX) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The CX-5 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because typical repairs cost less on the Sportage than the CX-5, including $162 less for a starter, $118 less for fuel injection and $9 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports? recommends both the Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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-5 isn’t in the top three.

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