2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Mazda CX-5
2019 Kia Sportage 2019 Mazda CX-5
  $23,990 $24,350
Basic Warranty
  5 yr. / 60,000 mi. 3 yr. / 36,000 mi.
Fuel Capacity
  16.4 gal. 14.8 gal.

2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Mazda CX-5

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If you’re looking for a quality compact SUV, the 2019 Kia Sportage is a good option. The Sportage is characterized by an athletic exterior, agile handling, and a luxurious cabin. The 2019 Sportage is also a finalist in US News and World Report’s rankings for the “Best Compact SUV for the Money.” There aren’t too many new and notable changes for this model year, except for revisions to some trim-specific features and available amenities. The Sportage’s characteristic smooth ride quality, spacious cabin, quality dashboard with easily accessible user-friendly features, and noise-dampening interior are all highlights of the SUV. One vehicle that the Sportage competes with is the 2019 Mazda CX-5. But the CX-5 has less interior space and a less comfortable ride than what you’ll find in the Sportage.


There is plenty of legroom in the cabin of the Sportage, which comfortably seats five passengers. The base trim has automatic air conditioning, which is upgraded to dual-zone climate control with a cabin filter in the higher trim levels. A rear vent also keeps air clean and circulating. An auto-dimming rearview mirror with a night and day mode adapts to all driving conditions. Beverage holders throughout the cabin make life convenient for all. The base trim has cloth seats, while the higher-level trims get leather seats instead. The driver’s seat is multi-way adjustable. The Mazda CX-5, in contrast, has less legroom in the front and back rows. Its seats are also less comfortable than the Sportage’s, and its ride quality is more firm.


The base trim of the Sportage is well-equipped with a five-inch touchscreen display and a six-speaker sound system. The two higher level trims get a seven-inch and eight-inch infotainment display, respectively. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are optional on the base trim and standard on the others. All three trim levels have hands-free Bluetooth for safety. The controls are mounted on the steering wheel of all three trim levels, too. A backup camera is standard on all three trim levels. Parking assist sensors are standard on the top trim and available on the mid-level trim. A separate 4.2-inch LCD display and a trip computer are other highlights. USB charging ports and 12V power outlets are other notable features of the Sportage.

Exterior Design

While the 2019 Kia Sportage has much to offer in the way of technology and a classy cabin, its appeal is apparent at first glance. The Sportage is made in 11 different exterior colors that can be paired with up to three interior color schemes. Depending on the trim level you choose, the Sportage has either a matte black or a chrome front grille. All three trims have a rear spoiler, and two out of three have standard roof rails, too. Projector-beam lights and HID projector lights add to the Sportage’s bold looks. Fog lights are included on all trim levels, but only the top trims get LED lighting elements. Wheel sizes range from 17 inches to 19 inches. The Mazda, on the other hand, has fewer paint color options and standard amenities.

* ”Starting MSRP” is manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for base model trim. Sportage SX Turbo AWD shown – priced higher at $34,990 MSRP. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary. Some options shown may not be available on all trims.