2008 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2008 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door I4 Auto LX Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Since the 2008 Kia Sportage is a car-based crossover SUV, it is safe to assume that you're not looking for a vehicle with capabilities like a Jeep Wrangler.

Agreed? Good.

2008 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door I4 Auto LX Side Exterior View2008 Kia Sportage
Browse Used Listings
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid2009 Ford Escape
Browse Used Listings
2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View2008 Honda CR-V
Browse Used Listings
2008 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SL Rear Exterior View2008 Nissan Rogue
Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
6.8
If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value.
7.4
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.8
With the 2009 Nissan Rogue, the crossover market gets another right-sized entry that’s just a little tighter inside than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
MSRP From   
$16,050$20,435$20,700$19,430
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door S
Drivetrain   
2 Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door
Transmission   
ManualManual w/ODAutomaticContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Kia Sportage vs. 2009 Ford Escape2008 Kia Sportage vs. 2008 Honda CR-V2008 Kia Sportage vs. 2008 Nissan Rogue