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Kia Sportage vs. Mazda CX-5

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sportage

$450
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Mazda CX-5

$484
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Sportage Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $450 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Sportage.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Mazda CX-5 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 5th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $484 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CX-5.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$450
inexpensive
expensive
$484
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.22
not often
very often
0.36
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 star
(3)
4 star
(21)
3 star
(8)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(0)
The Kia Sportage ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air conditioned compressor had to get a new one at not even 60000 miles . i go no where with this car please...”
“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air cond...”
5 star
(0)
4 star
(0)
3 star
(0)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(1)
The Mazda CX-5 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“I researched and rented 8 different cars before deciding on this one. My first brand new car ever purchased. I'm disappointed that all materials read on this car were just fluff. My prior car was a...”
“I researched and rented 8 different cars before deciding on this one. My first brand new car ever...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5 are both compact two-row SUVs. Both the Sportage and the CX-5 seat five, and both come with front-wheel drive as standard, and all-wheel drive as an option.

The Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5 have standard engines that are closely matched. The Sportage comes with 181 horsepower, and the CX-5’s standard (and only) engine puts out 187 horsepower. If you want more power, only the Kia Sportage offers an optional engine with 240 horsepower.

Cargo space is very close between these two compact SUVs. The Kia Sportage has 60.1 cubic feet of space with the back seat folded, while the Mazda CX-5 comes in with 59.6 cubic feet. That’s only a half of a cubic foot difference.

These two small SUVs are closely matched. The Kia Sportage has more power in its optional engine, plus Kia’s excellent 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Mazda CX-5 excels in the way it drives and handles the road, so be sure to get behind the wheels of both before you decide.

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