Comparison - Mazda CX-5 2016 - vs - Kia Niro Hybrid 2017

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Other Names:

Also called:

CX-5 Maxx

Also called:

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
$31,694
Updated: 
01 Dec 2016
$25,000
Updated: 
14 Dec 2016
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Year: 
2016
2017
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
6-speed Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
no
Drive Type: 
Four Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
15.30gals
11.88gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Blue Reflex Mica
#343761
Crystal White Pearl Mica
#E6E6E8
Deep Crystal Blue Mica
#242F4F
Jet Black Mica
#000000
Meteor Gray Mica
#4A5575
Sonic Silver Metallic
#BBB9BA
Soul Red Metallic
#78191F
Titanium Flash Mica
#75755A
Color: 
Clear White
#F8F8F8
Temptation Red
#6E1420
Graphite dark grey
#686870
Midnight Black
#060608
White Pearl
#F2F2F2
Ocean Blue
#007C8F
Platinum
#585856
blue
#13387F

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

When you're shopping for crossover SUVs, it can seem like they are all just different flavors of bland. The Mazda CX-5 breaks that mold. It has an engaging driving character, yet it still gives you pretty much everything you're looking for, including great fuel economy. Let's take a closer look at what makes this Mazda tick.

the Mazda CX-5 receives a refresh in the form of minor styling tweaks, improved interior materials, revised suspension tuning, added sound insulation and an updated infotainment interface. New options include LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning, while Bluetooth is now standard across the board. Additionally, a midyear update brings separate 2016.5 models (production after January 2016) that include a standard rearview camera (except manual-transmission Sport), standard heated seats for the Touring trim and standard navigation for both Touring and Grand Touring

Pros
Sporty driving feel that makes you feel secure while cornering
Engines earn great fuel economy
Spacious seating in both rows
Many desirable safety features

Cons
Subpar stereo sound quality, even with the Bose upgrade
Weak acceleration with base engine.

By: 
edmunds.com

Mazda, the maverick, does so much with so little. The Hiroshima-based company almost singlehandedly keeps the affordable-sports-car-flame flickering with the MX-5 and, for the most part, has resisted intertwining its operations with other automakers in ways that would help growth but almost certainly blur its focus. There’s no large pickup or truck-based SUV channeling fat profits into the company coffers, covering the tab for poorly conceived, money-losing offerings elsewhere in the lineup (if Mazda had any). Small in scale compared with other mainstream brands, Mazda’s every model must stand on its own

the 2016 CX-5’s updates at its Los Angeles auto show unveiling, but it’s worth repeating that most of them focus on the cabin and things that the driver and passengers interact with most. In general, the refreshed CX-5’s interior details are classier. There are nicer materials and tasteful accent trim on the dashboard and console. The armrests are more comfortable

Pros
Excellent steering, upgraded cabin design and materials, continuous improvement at its best.

Cons
Sport mode perhaps a bit too sporty, engine idle is grainy.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The Mazda CX-5 ushered in a new era for large SUVs when it was first released back in 2012. With sporty handling, an attractive interior and class leading practicality, it proved that family motoring didn’t have to be boring

For some time the CX-5 was our default choice in this class, but just recently the launch of some newer and more practical rivals has changed the landscape somewhat. Buyers now have the choice of cars such as the brilliant Skoda Kodiaq (available in both five and seven-seat form), along with a host of slightly smaller, but still suitably practical, choices like the Seat Ateca, Peugeot 5008 and VW Tiguan.

But as the increasingly congested SUV class gets more and more competitive, the question is: can the Mazda CX-5 rise to the top once again? Read on to find out exactly how it compares, and which engines, trims and options we recommend.

Therefore, to counter this European onslaught, Mazda has treated its compact SUV to a comprehensive refresh. The design team claims boosts in design, interior quality, performance and driving dynamics, so, despite having a near identical footprint and dimensions to its predecessor, this model is a very different proposition.

Pros
Stylish interior
Comfortable ride
Well equipped

Cons
Not so rewarding to drive
Some rivals have more boot space
No seven-seat option

By: 
whatcar.com

The Mazda CX-5 is a good-looking, reliable crossover that's solidly built, reasonably efficient and fun to drive

One of the very best crossovers you can buy, the Mazda CX-5 is well made, really enjoyable to drive and good-looking too. Recent upgrades have improved the interior ambience and upped the technology levels so it's now on a par with rivals.

The CX-5 came at a crucial time for Mazda. Launched during a tricky period, the company was lacking serious competitors in important market sectors, the fashionable SUV had to be a true saviour. Mazda poured money into a new platform, all-new engines, and a selection of lightweight, fuel-saving technologies - and named the whole package SkyActiv. Happily, the gamble paid off, and the CX-5 is a brilliant crossover. It combines all of Mazda's new tech to great effect and the resulting car is good-looking, practical, impressively efficient, but almost uniquely for a car in this sector, it's fun to drive.

The CX-5's success helped to put Mazda back in the black and the package of SkyActiv technologies has gone on to star across most of the company's range.

Pros
Sharp to drive, good looking, improved interior

Cons
Could be more spacious, limited engine line-up, load floor isn't flat

By: 
autoexpress.co.uk

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport Safety remains among the very best medium SUVs in class, despite stiffer competition of late

The Mazda CX-5 is not exactly a car that has slipped under anyone’s radar here at CarAdvice. Since it launched in 2012 it has consistently ranked as one of our favourite medium SUVs. Its facelift at the start of 2015 only enhanced the appeal.

Our stance to the car has long been reflected in the sales charts too. The Mazda CX-5 is, more often than not, Australia’s top-selling SUV of any sort, and almost always in the overall monthly top 10.

But the medium SUV segment just keeps on booming — no part of the new vehicle market is growing faster — and a swathe of new rivals just keep on launching. First it was the Hyundai Tucson, then the new Kia Sportage. The past few months have also brought with them updates to the Toyota RAV4, Ford Kuga and Subaru Forester

As you can read in our recent comparison test against the Hyundai and Kia — a veritable battle of the class heavyweights — the Mazda still holds up pretty well. But the general consensus is that it’s no longer the undisputed class champion.

Pros
Clever cargo area solutions
MZD Connect infotainment system
Good fuel economy
Excellent and affordable safety tech

Cons
Cloth seats are lacking support
Base 2.0 engine is modest
Warranty term shorter than key rivals

By: 
caradvice.com.au

The all-new 2017 Kia Niro is classified as a compact hybrid crossover SUV, though it really functions more like a hatchback. Your view of the road is marginally higher because of the Niro's elevated stance, but Kia doesn't offer the Niro with all-wheel drive, so don't expect to be a snow-busting trailblazer in bad weather. The Niro's core appeal comes from its traditional exterior design (no "hybrid!" shouting here) as well as a new powertrain that is capable of returning up to an EPA-estimated 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

Pros:
Impressive fuel economy from the base trim model
Six-speed transmission shifts like a conventional car's
One of the more affordable hybrids in the segment
Batteries are hidden under the rear seat and don't affect cargo space

Cons:
All-wheel drive isn't offered despite the crossover styling
Smaller cargo space compared to some rival models
The Niro's Touring trim sacrifices some fuel efficiency

By: 
edmunds.com

By calling it a crossover, the Korean brand also wants to get in the minds of the consumer wanting more utility. We all know crossover sales are booming, and part of their likeability is their higher ride height and boxy, useable interior space. But after spending a full day driving the Niro in Texas Hill Country, the question stuck in my head was whether it is really a crossover. The Niro is just 3.3 inches taller and has the same ground clearance as the Hyundai Ioniq, which it shares its platform with. And in terms of passenger volume, the Niro has only a small advantage, encasing 97.1 cubic feet versus the Ioniq’s 96.2 cubic feet. Although its two-box design might help its case for being a crossover, I suspect most will just see it as a lifted hatchback.

By: 
motortrend.com

You shouldn’t have any nasty surprises, either. Kia was rated as above average in our most recent reliability survey and the Niro also gets a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty – a class-leading feature.

Pros:
Low CO2 emissions
Spacious interior
Long warranty

Cons:
More conventional rivals are cheaper
Not much fun to drive
Firm low speed ride

By: 
whatcar.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City: 
24.00mpg
51.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
30.00mpg
49.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Hybrid

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
16
Cylinders: 
4
Inline
4
Inline
Base Engine Size/Displacement : 
2.50
1.60
Torque: 
185ft-lbs
3 250
195ft-lbs
4 000
Horsepower: 
184hp
5 700rpm
139hp
5 700rpm
Turning Circle: 
36.70Feet
34.80Feet
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
no
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Rack and pinion, electric motor assist
More in Convenience: 
12V cargo area power outlet(s)
Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel
Leather Trimmed Gearshift
High Gloss White Lower Console Trim
High Gloss White Door Insert Trim
Metallic Finish Centre Fascia Trim
Leather Trimmed Door Armrests*
Front & Rear Centre Armrests
Stainless Steel Door Scuff Plates
Chrome Coated Interior Door Handles
Light Grey Headlining
Heated Steering Wheel
Satin Chrome Inside Door Handles

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
179.30in
171.50in
Width: 
72.40in
70.90in
Height: 
67.30in
60.40in
Ground Clearance: 
8.50in
5.90in
Front Track: 
62.40in
61.20in
Rear Track: 
62.50in
61.80in
Wheel Base: 
106.30in
106.30in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
39.00
39.80
Front Hip Room: 
55.20in
53.20in
Front Leg Room: 
41.00in
41.70in
Front Shoulder Room: 
57.50in
56.10in
Rear Head Room: 
39.00
39.20
Rear Hip Room: 
53.70in
49.30in
Rear leg room: 
39.30in
37.40in
Rear Shoulder room: 
55.50in
55.60in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
65.40cu.ft
49.50cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity: 
2 000lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
34.10cu.ft
18.80cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
19.30degrees
17.30degrees
Angle of Departure: 
22.70degrees
29.20degrees
Curb Weight: 
3 589.00lbs
3 498.00lbs

Instruments

Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes
More Instruments: 
Low fuel level warning
Tyre Mobility Kit (TMK)
Centre Console Storage Box

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
1 one-touch power windows
Driver’s Wide View Door Mirror
Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicators
LED Rear Tail Lights

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Multi-level heating passenger seat
6 -way power driver seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Multi-level heating driver seat
Leather
Height adjustable driver seat
Bucket front seats
Driver’s Seat Height Adjuster
Stone Grey Leather Upholstery
8-way Driver’s Power Adjustable Seat (Sliding, Reclining, Height Adjustment)
Driver Power Memory Seat & Memory Mirror Function
Heated Front Seats
Ventilated Front Seats
Driver’s Seat Power Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Features: 
Split-folding rear seatback
Rear ventilation ducts
Folding with storage center armrest
Heated Outer Rear Seats
60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat
leather seat trim

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
MacPherson strut front suspension
Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension: 
Multi-link rear suspension
Independent, multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-wheel independent suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Cargo area light
Dual zone climate controls - driver and passenger
Leather and simulated alloy steering wheel
Turn signal in mirrors
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Rear Ventilation Duct

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
no
yes
Video monitor: 
no
yes
More Entertainment: 
USB connection
Radio data system
Speed sensitive volume control
9 total speakers
Auxiliary audio input
Bose premium brand speakers
8-speaker JBL® Premium Sound System with Subwoofer, External Amp & Front Centre Speaker
DAB Radio with MP3 Compatibility
Shark Fin Antenna
USB port in centre console (Fast Charge)
Bluetooth® with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming
Wireless Mobile Phone Charger
8” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping & Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)
Android Auto Connectivity
Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® (Traffic, Speed Cameras, Local Search & Weather Updates)
4.2” Supervision Cluster with LCD TFT Colour Display

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Intermittent rear wiper
Privacy glass
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Matt Black Colour Radiator Grille
Body Coloured / High Gloss door mirror
Chrome Coated Exterior Door Handles
Roof Rails
Rear Spoiler
Solar Glass
Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)
Metallic Paint
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
19 x 7.0
7.0 x 18
Wheels more: 
Steel spare wheel
Inside mounted spare tire
Temporary spare tire
All season tires
Black Side Sill & Wheel Arch Body Mouldings
Chrome Beltline Mouldings
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R19
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R17

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated front disc brakes
4-wheel disc
Rear brakes: 
solid rear disc brakes
4-wheel disc
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Electronic brakeforce distribution
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Passenger head restraint whiplash protection system
Rear Parking Sensors
Rear height adjustable headrests
Regenerative braking
Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC
Bi-Xenon Headlights
Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality
Automatic Headlight Control
Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function
Locking Wheel Nuts
Visible Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Advanced Anti-Theft System including Immobiliser & Alarm
Grab-type Exterior Door Handles
Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking
All-round 3-point Seatbelts
ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings
Knee Airbag (Driver)
Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
Twin Front Airbags

Options

Packages: 
Grand Touring Technology Package
Exterior Options: 
Clear Film Front Paint Protection Package
Trailer Hitch Receiver
Wheel Locks
Clear Film Rear Bumper Top Protection
Rear Bumper Guard
Roof Rack Side Rails
Crystal White Pearl Mica Paint Charge
Aurora Black Pearl Paint
Rear Bumper Applique
Mud Guards
Wheel Locks
Snow White Pearl Paint
Cross Bars
Interior Options: 
Door Sill Trim Plates
All-Weather Floor Mats
Cargo Net
Carpeted Cargo Mat
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass and Homelink
Retractable Cargo Cover
Cargo Tray
Carpet Floor Mats
Cargo Net
Cargo Tray
Aluminum Door Scuff Plate
Cargo Tray Seat Back
Cargo Cover
Cargo Mat

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
#363636
Black, leather
#D0C9C6
Sand/Parchment, leather
Color: 
grey
#90959B
black
#383C3F