Crossovers have exploded in popularity in recent years as drivers find that the models in the class deliver a superb mix of capability, cargo space, style, and practicality that other categories just can’t match. These characteristics have parents, recent grads, and retirees all around Greenville loving their new crossover SUVs, but owners of certain models are happier than others.
The Kia Sportage is one model that endears itself to all that get behind its wheel as it does an exceptional job of delivering everything car shoppers expect from a crossover. In fact, we believe that most car shoppers will find that it's the best crossover option, so we compared it with another popular model, the Honda CR-V, in several aspects, price, capability, safety, etc., to highlight all it offers. See more below!
Finding the car that packs the most value can be tricky to figure out, but the Kia Sportage shows its value over the Honda CR-V quite clearly. The Sportage has a lower starting price than the CR-V, but it comes standard with nicer materials, like the stain-resistant YES Essentials® cloth seats, better features, like reclining rear seats, and smarter tech, like a touchscreen display, than the CR-V.
Each of these models give car shoppers two engines to choose from, but, while the differences in those of the Kia Sportage are easy to see, the Honda CR-V's aren’t really that different as the horsepower ranges from 184 to 190 and the torque from 179 to 180 pound-feet. Meanwhile, the Kia Sportage's differences spread nearly 60 horsepower and over 75 pound-feet of torque, so you can feel the difference between them.
Additionally, the choice is clear for drivers that want to feel a rush when they hit the gas as the Sportage packs up to 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which best the Honda CR-V by 50 horsepower and 80 pound-feet of torque. Further improving that driving feel is the 6-speed automatic transmission that feels more responsive than the continuously variable transmission of the CR-V and gives Sportage drivers a greater towing capacity.
Both models come with some impressive safety accolades as the 2018 model years of both earned a 2018 Top Safety Pick honor from the IIHS and a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA, so that should ease some worry when you're on the road.
However, what sets the Kia Sportage apart ties back into the value it provides over the Honda CR-V. Drivers can outfit any trim of the Kia Sportage with driver-assist features like Blind Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which isn’t true of the Honda CR-V. Plus, only the Kia Sportage offers a Dynamic Bending Light system and front and rear parking sensors.
Practicality and Tech
Regarding the other features there to improve your drive, it is again the small things that set the Kia Sportage apart. From something as small as roof rails coming standard on most trims to larger differences, like the panoramic sunroof that bathes the cabin in natural light, to features, like ventilated front seats, that the Honda CR-V doesn’t offer, the Kia Sportage caters to passengers in more ways so that they're sure to enjoy rides in it.
Test Out the Ride of the Kia Sportage at Kia of Anderson Today!
If you want to test out the Kia Sportage before making the leap or want to make sure that it's what we promise, reach out to us today to set up a test drive!