2019 Mazda CX-5 Vs. 2020 Kia Sportage

2019 Mazda CX-5 and 2019 Kia Sportage, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo. Yes, it's a 2019 Sportage, but the changes made to the 2020 are minor so the appearance is basically the same.

Ah, the compact SUV. What a brilliant way to wed SUV capability with a more economical and practical daily driver. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is one of the best compact SUVs out there today. As with most Mazda machines, standout attributes are its high-grade interior and excessively fun drivability.

A recently arrived contender for the throne of the 2019 CX-5 is the 2020 Kia Sportage. It may seem ambitious for the 2019 CX-5 to go up against a 2020 model year vehicle, but that’s just how impressive the Mazda offering is. Let’s see how these two machines compare.

2019 Mazda CX-5


2019 Kia Sportage

$24,350 Starting MSRP $23,990
25 city / 31 highway Fuel Economy 23 city / 30 highway
3,500 pounds Max Towing Capacity 1,653 pounds
30.9 cubic feet Cargo Volume (without seat area) 30.7 cubic feet
59.6 cubic feet Cargo Volume (with seat area) 60.1 cubic feet
Three Engine Options Two
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As we said in our introduction, driving fun is what Mazda is known for, and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 proves that with every press of the pedal. Its three engaging engines offer a variety of capability, with both an available turbocharged and diesel option. The recently added diesel is what boosts the 2019 CX-5 up to that impressive max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

Additionally, within its pristine interior environment, the 2019 CX-5 provides inhabitants with plenty of room to stretch out.

Changes for the 2019 Model Year

There hasn’t been much changed on the Kia Sportage since it was last redesigned for the 2017 model year. Mazda, on the other hand, keeps adding more, such as the newly available 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and diesel engines, and new optional features including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, and ventilated front seats.

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is has been awarded the designation of being an IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick+. The 2020 Kia Sportage has not yet been tested. Both vehicles, however, get overall five-star safety ratings form the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.