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2022 Kia Niro vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

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2022 Kia
Niro

MSRP*: $24,690 to $31,990
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Picture of the 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda
CX-5

MSRP*: $25,370 to $37,505
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MPG - City 46 - 53 MPG 22 - 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 40 - 48 MPG 27 - 31 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 54.5 - 63.2 ft3 59.6 ft3
Engine
  • 139-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
  • 187-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T 6-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 139 hp 187 - 227 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 171.5 in 179.1 in
Exterior Width 71.1 in 72.5 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.6 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 39.1 in
Front 39.3 - 39.7 in
Rear 39.0 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda CX-5 than in the Kia Niro, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia Niro offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-5, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
The Kia Niro requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda CX-5, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia Niro will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mazda CX-5.

Dimensions
The Kia Niro is a little narrower than the Mazda CX-5, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Kia Niro is slightly shorter than the Mazda CX-5, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Kia Niro has a smaller turning radius than the Mazda CX-5, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Niro has a lot less horsepower than the Mazda CX-5.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Kia Niro transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Mazda CX-5.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Kia Niro and the Mazda CX-5. The Kia Niro has less cargo space than the Mazda CX-5, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.