When you’re ready to choose your own adventurous crossover to take on the scenic streets around Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, and North Port, Florida, there are a couple models out there that can do the trick. Two of the hard-hitting models are the 2020 Honda CR-V and the 2020 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 2020 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!


2020 Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage: Engine Specs & Performance

2020 Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage Port CharlottePerformance 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.

The 2020 Honda 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 2WD trim levels.* When you go for the available all-wheel drive system, this fuel economy stays respectable at an EPA-estimated 27 city/32 highway MPG for AWD trims.*

The 2020 Kia Sportage, on the other hand, includes the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and the 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 as well. When standardly equipped, you can expect 23 city/30 highway MPG. When paired with available all-wheel drive, it drops even further to 22 city/26 highway MPG.


2020 CR-V vs 2020 Sportage: Interior Space & Cargo Capacity

2020 Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage Port CharlotteCrossovers 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 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 behind the front 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 when the seats are all upright.

If you need more room to transport larger items like adventure gear or furniture, the 2020 CV-R cargo space can be extended to a whopping 75.8 cubic feet just by folding the second-row seats down. When this is done in the 2020 Sportage, the cargo maxes out at a much smaller 60.1 cubic feet.


Honda vs Kia: Driver-Assisting Technology

2020 Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage Port CharlotteWe 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. In the 2020 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:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor

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. However, you won’t find a lot of the advanced features that are available for the Honda CR-V.


Deciding on the Right Crossover: 2020 Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage

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 2020 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 Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, and North Port, FL, when they’re ready to find their next car!


*28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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