2010 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2010 Kia Sportage
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Ford Escape was also updated last year and is an excellent choice if you’re looking for more modern technology—just be prepared to pay a premium for it.

A similar story can be told for the Chevrolet Equinox, which is much better-looking than the Sportage.

Solidly built and well sorted, the Honda CR-V is similar in overall characteristics, but it also offers more cargo room than the 2010 Kia Sportage, if that's one of your concerns.

The Nissan Rogue may only have a four-cylinder engine, but it matches the performance of the V-6 Sportage.

The Rogue also comes close to matching the Sportage in value, and with its smooth CVT, this Nissan is certainly worth a closer look.

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Quick Specs
Value—not trend-setting design or class-leading performance—is the reason to keep the 2010 Kia Sportage on your list.
The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is all about evolution—and the most striking changes are almost invisible, except at the gas pump.
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid remains a solid, competitive entry among compact family SUVs and crossovers. Its fuel efficiency is superb, and the optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from any other AWD hybrid crossover.
The 2010 Honda CR-V is a bit homely, but it fits right in for those placing the priority on frugality, safety, and interior space.
The 2010 Nissan Rogue doesn’t wow in any respect, but provided you don’t expect driving excitement its solid set of features, safety, and decent performance won’t let you down.
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Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4 ECOTECGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LXFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door
ManualAutomaticManual w/ODAutomaticContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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