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When you’re ready to choose your own adventurous crossover to take on the scenic streets around Venice, Punta Gorda, and North Port, Florida, there are a couple of models out there that can do the trick. Two of the hard-hitting models are the Honda CR-V and the Kia Sportage, but which one is right for you?
At Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Port Charlotte, we’re here to help drivers get a better sense of these two crossovers. This Honda CR-V vs. Kia Sportage comparison can help you see what these vehicles offer, how they differ, and which one will seem better equipped for your adventures on the road! Contact us today for more information.
Performance is everything in a crossover, and choosing the one that meets your needs is crucial. However, there’s a bit of a difference between the CR-V and Sportage when it comes to their respective engine capabilities.
When it comes to the Honda CR-V vs. Kia Sportage, the CR-V features a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo engine that’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This transmission executes direct gear transitions, smooth accelerations, and boasts a vigorous performance, all while generating 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.
On top of this, you’ll receive a booming EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 city/34 highway MPG across all 2-wheel drive (2WD) trim levels.* When you go for the available all-wheel drive (AWD) system, this fuel economy stays respectable at an EPA-estimated 27 city/32 highway MPG for AWD trims.*
The Kia Sportage, on the other hand, includes a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s able to boast 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque—but it can’t match the CR-V on output.
This limited transmission also results in a less impressive fuel economy. When standardly equipped, you can expect an EPA-estimated 23 city/30 highway MPG in the Kia Sportage. When paired with available AWD, it drops to an EPA-estimated 21 city/25 highway MPG.
One major factor that separates these SUVs even further is that the Honda CR-V offers a hybrid version! This vehicle comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder hybrid engine that’s capable of boasting 143 horsepower. However, it gets assistance from the 181-horsepower-producing AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor.
The combined efforts of the engine and electric motor result in 212 total system horsepower. Of course, this hybrid CR-V leads in overall fuel efficiency, as well, with an EPA-estimated 40 city/35 highway/38 combined MPG in the EX, EX-L, and Touring hybrid trims.* Unfortunately, the Kia Sportage doesn’t offer this type of efficiency or eco-friendliness because there’s no hybrid option to choose from.
Crossovers are known for driving like a dream and offering ample room inside for both companions and cargo. Each crossover offers its passengers a bit of room to stretch out. However, the CR-V offers more space for you and your passengers, as well as whatever you’re bringing along.
In the front row, you’ll have a roomy 40.1 inches of headroom, while the Sportage features just 39.3 inches of headroom.
The CR-V also offers more rear legroom, with 40.4 inches. The Kia Sportage falls a little short, with only 38.2 inches of rear legroom.
This theme continues in many areas of the two crossovers:
|Honda CR-V||Kia Sportage|
|Rear Headroom||39.2 inches||39.1 inches|
|Front Shoulder Room||57.9 inches||57.1 inches|
|Rear Shoulder Room||55.6 inches||55.1 inches|
|Front Hip Room||55.1 inches||54.3 inches|
In terms of cargo space, the Honda CR-V also comes out on top. With a standard 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, you’ll have plenty of room for luggage, backpacks, groceries, and more without sacrificing seating space. The Kia Sportage, on the other hand, only offers 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are all upright.
If you need more room to transport larger items, like adventure gear or furniture, the CV-R cargo space can be extended to a whopping 75.8 cubic feet just by folding down the second-row seats. When this is done in the Sportage, the cargo space maxes out at a much smaller 60.1 cubic feet.
Both the CR-V and Sportage offer quite a lot of features within their respective cabins to help drivers get more out of their experiences on the road. Both vehicles offer intuitive screens that are perfectly mounted into the center dashboard to meet the driver’s eyeline.
These screens offer touch capabilities that allow you to select from your assortment of media options. There’s the standard AM/FM radio, the USB and auxiliary inputs for portable media devices, and even Bluetooth® connectivity to stream audio entertainment from your phone or use it to place calls from the road.
The new Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage offer connectivity through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. These features are used to integrate your phone into the touchscreen, so you can easily access your text messages, apps, contacts, media, and more from the screen without having to manually access them on your phone and divert your eyes from the road.
The Honda SUV takes connectivity a step further by offering HondaLink®. This feature will connect the Honda CR-V to an app on your phone. Using this app, you can remotely start your vehicle, unlock it, and even find it in a crowded parking lot. This app can also be used to schedule service appointments with your Honda dealer for when your Honda SUV needs maintenance.
We all know safety is an important attribute in a vehicle. As both Honda and Kia place a large focus on ensuring that drivers are secure on the road, the CR-V and Sportage each come with a set of driver-assisting technology features.
These advanced systems use exterior-mounted sensors to detect a likely collision or mishap based on speed, proximity, and lane position. These features will provide a warning and braking mitigation to reduce the force of impact while giving you a window of time to react, stop the vehicle completely, or avoid the collision or lane departure altogether.
In the CR-V, this translates to Honda Sensing®. In this suite you’ll find several driving aids, and more can even be added on for extra confidence behind the wheel:
In the Sportage, you’ll receive Kia Drive Wise. This includes similar features like blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW). However, you won’t find a lot of the same advanced features that are available for the Honda CR-V.
As you’ve read, each of these crossovers offers quite a lot to their respective drivers. However, in terms of space, power, and advanced safety, it’s the Honda CR-V that leads the charge.
If you’d like to learn more about the Honda CR-V––what it offers and what it can do on the road––you may want to drop in for a closer look. After all, seeing is believing and we think once you lay eyes on this crossover, you’ll find your dream car.
Schedule your test drive with us at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Port Charlotte. We’re here to help drivers all around Venice, Punta Gorda, and North Port, FL, when they’re ready to find their next car! Come see us today to get started on finding the vehicle that’s perfect for you!
*28 city/34 highway/30 combined MPG rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined MPG rating for AWD trims. 40 city/35 highway/38 combined MPG rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims), and other factors.