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Kia Sportage vs Mazda CX-5 vs Kia Sorento

The Sorento holds true to the Kia quality standard and slogan “the power to surprise” taking the #1 IQS spot away from the competition in 2017 (moving up from #2 in 2016). While being an award winner of IIHS “Top Safety Pick” every year since 2016, the Sorento has been accredited with a 5-star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (2016-2017), a Red Dot Design Honorable Mention Award, and Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) “Best New SUV” in 2016.


Kia offers a standard 5 Year 100,000km full comprehensive warranty and 5 Year Unlimited km Roadside Assistance giving you peace of mind over and above Kia’s consistently proven quality. That is a full 2 years of additional warranty and roadside assistance over Mazda’s 3 Year Unlimited km warranty and 3 Year Roadside Assistance.


Let’s start by letting some sunshine into our lives with the Sportage’s gorgeous full panoramic sunroof and 1st row express feature. This means no matter the weather, you can open/close everything up at just a touch of a button! You’ll feel safe behind the wheel with the autonomous emergency braking keeping a second pair of eyes on the road, bringing your Sportage to a complete stop in the event of an emergency. Find peace of mind with lane departure warning, which keeps you from veering out of your lane. You won’t find these incredible safety features in the CX-5 without upgrading to a top trim model, and you’ll be missing the panoramic sunroof. You’ll find exciting standard features on the Sportage such as: front fog lights, voice activated audio controls, built-in Sirius XM Radio and standard heated front seats.

Loved everything you saw above? The Sorento has all of that, and more. The world’s your oyster with the Sorento’s available 3rd row, which adds 2 passengers to its 7 passenger model. Keep calm on the highway with the standard stability control and anti-rollover safety feature. Load up whatever gear you choose with standard roof rails. The Sorento was Made for Adventure, and that means extra cargo space, bike and kayak racks, or whatever your imagination conjures up. The Sorento makes staying toasty warm in the winter or cool in the summer easier with the available dual zone climate control, or automatic climate control in the lower base trims, something you won’t find in the CX-5 base trims.


Whether you love to feel the thundering power of an engine or your drive style is more conservative, everyone likes to know they’ve got some oomph under the hood when it’s needed. Kia’s Sorento comes with a ton of options, from its 2.4 L 4cyl, to the 2.0 turbo and 3.3 L V6. The Mazda CX-5 offers only a 2.5 L 4 cyl engine that tops out at 185 hp in all trim levels; excluding the lowest manual transmission model. The Sorento on the other hand offers a roaring 240 hp and caps at an impressive 290 hp. The Sportage isn’t shy when it comes to showing off its talents with a 2.0 turbo 237 hp engine, leaving the CX-5 in the dust.

If you’re looking to hook up the camper for a weekend excursion, you won’t have any trouble with the Sorento’s impressive 5,000 lb towing capacity!

So what are you waiting for? Bring the family down and come check out Kia’s top quality and awarding winning Sorento or Sportage. You’ll be glad you did!

Sportage CX-5 Sorento
J.D. Power ranking (By brand) #1 #27 #1
IQS Rank #2 did not make list #1
Autotrader “Must Test Drive” yes no no
KBB “Most Awarded Vehicle” yes no no
Current IIHS “Top Safety Pick” yes yes yes
Red Dot Design Award yes no yes
NHTSA 5-star Safety Rating yes yes yes
AJAC Best New SUV no yes yes
Warranty 5y/100,00 3y/unlimited 5y/100,000
Roadside Assistance 5y/unlimited 3y/unlimited 5y/unlimited
Max Engine 2.0 L turbo 2.5 L 4I 3.3 L V6
Max HP 237 187 290
Max lb torque 260 185 252
Max Towing 2,000 lbs 2,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Starting MSRP (AT) $25,095 $29,215 $27,995