2011 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2011 Kia Sportage
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2011 Kia Sportage and its fraternal twin, the 2010 Hyundai Tucson, have matured into real competitors for the best-selling crossovers under $30,000.

The Tucson itself has an identical base price; you’ll have to choose if curves or straight-edges are your taste, and if Kia’s UVO system is a must-have.

The aging Ford Escape is about to be replaced, but returns for 2011 with its airy cabin, incentivized price and available Hybrid edition as its top selling points.

The Honda CR-V is the long-standing champ in the class, with ample interior room, high build quality, and a smooth four-cylinder, but it's among the slowest vehicles in the class and its latest shape is controversial.

The Nissan Rogue has smart style and visibility, but is hampered by its continuously variable transmission and lackluster performance.

For the most refined driving experience in this group, we recommend the Subaru Forester; it has a tall and spacious cabin, sedate good looks, and a reputation for durability, though fuel economy is much lower than the numbers generated by the Sportage.

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Quick Specs
Kia hits game reset, and gives the 2011 Sportage an appealing new look and feel.
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 Hyundai Tucson doesn't quite take the title of best small crossover, but it handily grabs "most improved" honors.
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.
The 2010 Subaru Forester may not be as powerful or well-equipped as its rivals, but it really shines in its more carlike dynamics and superior handling.
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Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-Cyl
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLSFWD 4-Door S4-Door Manual 2.5X
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
ManualManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODContinuously VariableManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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