Kia Sportage vs. the Honda Competition in Pendleton, SC

See Why More South Carolinians Prefer the 2019 Kia Sportage Over the Honda CR-V

It's a head-to-head that has been long in the making: ours, a prime example of South Korean engineering excellence and a favorite crossover of Palmetto State drivers since 1993, and theirs, a capable rival not quite as long-lived, appearing in 1997 and based on the Honda Civic platform. Both are new compact SUVs many would put at the head of the pack. Matched up, however, only one can excel, and that's the new Kia Sportage. Discover how it goes the distance right here at Kia of Anderson!

2019 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

In a spread of four trims, base LX, midrange EX, and luxurious, high-performance SX Turbo, 2019 Sportage squares off against 2-019 CR-V and its LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. However, Sportage pulls ahead in five categories.



  • Kia Sportage is more affordable from the get-go: its approximate $23,750 base MSRP rises only to around $33,100 in the highest trim. Though Honda CR-V's top trim is a comparable $32,750, it's more expensive at base -- around $24,350.
  • Kia provides superior warranty coverage. A new Sportage includes a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, 5 years or 100,000 miles of roadside assistance, 10 years or 100,000 miles of limited warranty coverage for its powertrain, and 5-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation protection. A new CR-V includes only a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, 3 years or 36,000 miles of roadside assistance, and 5 years or 60,000 miles of powertrain coverage.


Performance and Efficiency


  • CR-V's base 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine and its 180 pound-feet of torque might edge out that of a base Sportage LX or EX, each of which incorporates a 181-horsepower, 2.4-liter I4 shelling 175 pound-feet. However, the Sportage SX Turbo trim charges ahead with a more powerful turbocharged up-to-240-horsepower, 2.0-liter I4, ready to dish out 260 pound-feet. Higher CR-V trims only feature a 190-horsepower, 1.4-liter engine capable of 179 pound-feet.
  • Dynamax&#trade; All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is available in the new Sportage, as is Real Time AWD with an Intelligent Control System in the new CR-V. However, no matter your choice of drivetrain, Sportage can tow more. Count on a 2,000-pound towing capacity to help you take that pop-up tent camper, dirt bike, or ATV show on the road. CR-V can only tow up to 1,500 pounds.




  • Kia is dedicated to your drive-time security, and it shows in a new 2019 Sportage. A rear-camera display comes standard at base, while blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert come standard in Sportage EX. Moreover, autonomous emergency brakes, lane departure warning, and a parking assist system with front and rear sensors come standard in SX Turbo. The competition's comparable proprietary driver-assist suite, Honda Sensing, only comes standard in CR-V EX and later.




  • Sportage has the more versatile and accommodating cabin. Cloth seats come standard in LX, but durable, stain-resistant YES Essentials tricot cloth seating is available. Nothing comparable is offered in CR-V.
  • Leather seating comes standard heated up front in EX and later and ventilated in SX Turbo. CR-V doesn't offer ventilation.
  • Dual-zone auto temperature control with an auto de-fog system and a cluster ionizer comes standard in EX, making creating a clean, fresh, and comfortable cabin easy. CR-V EX might have dual-zone automatic climate control, but it lacks the other capabilities.
  • Count on up to 60.1 cubic feet of space for storing cargo with rear seating folded.




  • Between Sportage and CR-V, ours is the better-equipped to put your entertainment experience front and center for the ride. A six-speaker, 5-inch infotainment system with SiriusXM appears in Sportage LX, while only a four-speaker, 5-inch system comes standard in CR-V LX.
  • A 7-inch UVO touchscreen comes standard in EX, matched by a similar 7-inch system in CR-V EX. However, where an 8-inch UVO system with voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic update support, and an HD Radio shows up in SX Turbo, CR-V doesn't offer an 8-inch system.
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available in Sportage LX and standard in higher trims, simplifying connecting a smartphone. They're only standard in CR-V EX and later, not otherwise offered in the CR-V base.


Test Drive the New Kia Sportage at Our Pendleton Dealership Today!

Call our friendly sales department to set up a time to get behind the wheel, or just stop by and visit us here at 5281 Highway 76. We look forward to showing you how else a compact Kia SUV can mean more for your drive!

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