2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Kia Sportage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-3 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sportage doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The CX-3 has standard E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sportage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CX-3 and the Sportage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The CX-3’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sportage runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-3 gets better fuel mileage than the Sportage:

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

Sportage

 

FWD

LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

EX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

 

SX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

LX/EX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/25 hwy

 

 

SX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/23 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-3 stops shorter than the Sportage:

 

CX-3

Sportage

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Sportage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Sportage LX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 800 pounds less than the Kia Sportage.

The CX-3 is 8.1 inches shorter than the Sportage, making the CX-3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the CX-3 is 2.5 inches lower than the Sportage (16” vs. 18.5”). The CX-3’s rear step up height is 3.4 inches lower than the Sportage’s (16” vs. 19.4”).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CX-3 Grand Touring, the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Sportage doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CX-3 Grand Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Sportage doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-3’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Sportage’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The CX-3’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sportage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CX-3 offers an optional Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sportage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-3 is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-3 than the Sportage, including $101 less for a water pump, $222 less for a muffler, $1 less for a fuel pump, $15 less for front struts, $109 less for a timing belt/chain and $739 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-3 will be $2334 to $6277 less than for the Kia Sportage.

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