2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5

Kia comes out swinging with its redesigned, revamped 2017 Kia Sportage vs. the 2016 Mazda CX-5 in the small SUV class. At first glance, it's apparent Kia wanted a crossover that stood out from the copycat herd, and it accomplished as much, with a broad, strong design with cool fog lights and a bold roofline that belies the nimble ways of this vehicle. For the 2017 Sportage has the same curb-to-curb turning circle as a typical compact car at 34.8 feet, which easily tops the 2016 Mazda CX-5's 36.7 feet. Not only will you have a vehicle in the 2017 Sportage that has such a nice design it was recognized by Red Dot with a product design award, you also have one that makes parking or navigating in congested areas a cinch.

We're not trying to impress you; the 2017 Sportage does that all by itself. But we do have a price that we think you'll like, as our asking price starts at about $19,515 thanks to our Friendly Kia VIP Price, while the competition is asking for more than $21,000 for base models of the 2016 CX-5.

Now that you've processed the savings you'll get with the 2017 Sportage, check this out: You also get an expanded cargo area in the Sportage, up to 60.1 cubic feet, or enough space to fit 1,700 liters. That's a lot of room for snacks for the kids on a trip, or for luggage for your spontaneous trip to parts awesome and unknown.

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2017 Kia Sportage Vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5
$19,515 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $21,350 (The Competition)
181 base, 240 top-line HP 155 base manual / 184 automatic models
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick+? Yes
10-yr/100k-mile limited powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile limited powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper
34.8 Curb-to-Curb Turning Circle (feet)  36.7
Yes, with voice-command navigation Available 8-Inch Display Screen?  No

Test Drive a Kia Sportage in the Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg Area

The 2017 Kia Sportage also comes with a superior power base, as base models come with a hardy 181 HP and top-line models top out at 240 HP, while the 2016 CX-5 begins at a compact-like 155 HP and peaks at 184 HP in top-line models. If you think power is overrated, come back to us the next time you need to make a lane change in the city or you want to merge on the highway without having that sports car breathing down your neck behind you. The 2017 Sportage will handle these problems before they even start with its turbocharged power.

When it's all said and done, the 2017 Kia Sportage has power, finesse, award-winning safety (IIHS Top Safety Pick+) and great features – all at a more affordable price than the 2016 Mazda CX-5. And the high praise the outgoing 2016 Kia Sportage received, being named "Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power in its 2016 Initial Quality Study* is another blessing for the 2017 Sportage, which bears not only a redesign of the formidable 2016 model but 10 percent improvements in fuel economy and cargo room.

So come on down to the lot and give a 2017 Sportage a test drive. If you like crossovers, you'll love this one. Friendly Kia is located at 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us on the lot. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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*Disclaimer: The Kia Sportage received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among small SUVs in the J.D. Power 2016 Initial Quality Study, based on 80,157 total responses, evaluating 245 models, and measures the opinions of new 2016 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com

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