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2018 Kia Sportage Vs. Honda CR-V

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If you want convenience, comfort and capability, compact crossovers give you SUV-quality utility in a small and maneuverable package. These unibody versatility wagons allow you to carry up to five passengers and a bunch of stuff safely, efficiently and with only the most modern comfort and convenience amenities on board. Serving as many manufacturers’ primary vehicle, compact crossovers have become some of the most ubiquitous and configurable vehicles on the road – allowing you to choose options that prioritize performance, efficiency, luxury and more!

Within this now-crowded class, the Kia Sportage enjoys status as an iconoclast – challenging what it means to be a competent entry by giving drivers more than just utility. The stylish compact crossover offers affordable standard features, fashionable interior and exterior design and a palette of trim levels that lets you choose which features are important. Going up against the Sportage today is Honda’s CR-V, a compact crossover veteran. We’ll see if it’s kept up with the market!

2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Honda CR-V

181 hp / 240 hp (SX Turbo) Horsepower (standard / available) 184 hp / 190 hp (EX-L)
6-speed automatic Standard transmission 2-speed CVT
105.1 inches Wheelbase (higher is better) 104.7 inches
6 (LX) Base model # of speakers 4 (LX)
16.4 gallons Standard fuel tank size 14 gallons
2,000 lbs. Max towing capacity 1,500 lbs.
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? Yes
$23,600 (LX) Base MSRP $24,150 (LX)
5 years / 60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles

2018 Kia Sportage Advantages Vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

Compact crossovers are rightfully judged for their versatility, SUV-like capability, style and comfort. In every one of these categories, the 2018 Kia Sportage comes out in front. If you’re looking for an efficient and high-value base model, the 2018 Kia Sportage LX is less expensive than the 2018 Honda CR-V LX.

On the other side, if you’re looking for the thrilling acceleration and confident passing that comes with a larger engine, the 2018 Kia Sportage SX Turbo handily outclasses the 2018 Honda CR-V by 50 horsepower.

The Sportage’s longer wheelbase lends itself to a more comfortable ride, while the standard 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth and precise compared to the CR-V’s CVT.

Inside, you’ll love the interior finishes present on the 2018 Kia Sportage. Among them, the audio system that includes 6 speakers on the base model, compared to the CR-V’s paltry four. An interior that’s well-crafted can make the miles fly by.

They’ll fly even faster with the Sportage’s larger fuel tank that requires fewer stops compared to that of the CR-V.

Finally, peace of mind is at a premium in the 2018 Kia Sportage. From its towing capacity (which bests that of the CR-V) to its more capable acceleration to its warranty that gives you 2 years and 24,000 miles of additional coverage.

The 2018 Kia Sportage is the real deal. Although the Honda CR-V is a class fixture and a good car, it’s not as good as Kia’s personality-filled compact crossover. For more information on the 2018 Kia Sportage or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!