With lots of cargo room and a versatile drivetrain, compact SUVs like the Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5 are great choices for drivers and families in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland.

Which one is right for you, though? Maguire Kia put this 2020 Kia Sportage vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison together to help you decide.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

The Kia Sportage is designed to help keep you safe. It has six airbags and was built with a safety cage that features front and rear crumple zones and side-impact door beams.

To help prevent accidents, there are driver-assistance features that'll give you more awareness, such as Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

There's even technology that can monitor how you're driving. The standard Driver Attention Warning can detect signs of drowsy or distracted driving and remind you to focus on the road ahead.

The Mazda CX-5 also has six airbags and offers lots of driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, its frame wasn't built with crumple zones or side-impact door beams. There are also no features that can detect when you're distracted or tired.

Infotainment System

The Kia Sportage keeps you connected throughout your drive with a sleek infotainment system. The center of the dashboard features a standard 8-inch touchscreen display. It blends in nicely with the rest of the cabin and has standard Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™, so you'll be able to stream music, make hands-free calls, and access your phone's apps while you drive.  

To find the fastest route to your destination and enjoy some great music along the way, both a navigation system and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio are available. Plus, with the standard voice recognition, you can enter a destination or change stations without taking your hands off the wheel.

The Mazda CX-5 also has a Bluetooth®-compatible system that offers navigation, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto™. However, the largest screen that's available is only seven inches across. It also stands out by being awkwardly positioned on top of the dashboard.


Both the 2020 Kia Sportage and 2020 Mazda CX-5 offer lots of features to give you a more comfortable and convenient drive. For example, each SUV offers leather upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats.

The Kia Sportage makes life easier for you, though, starting with how easy it is to load the trunk. The available Smart Power Liftgate™ can detect when you've got the key in your pocket and it can open the trunk for you when you've got your hands full. Plus, everyone can keep their phones charged with a wireless charging pad.

The Mazda CX-5 offers a Rear Power Liftgate, but you'll need to put your bags down to press a button on your key fob. It also doesn't offer a wireless charger, so you won't have a full battery while on the go.

Test Drive a Compact SUV

Contact Maguire Kia to learn more about this 2020 Kia Sportage vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison and take a test drive. The Kia Sportage uses lots of features to provide drivers and families in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland with a safe and comfortable ride.

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