Kia's Sportage presents itself much more confidently in a class of very strong-selling vehicles.
First, it has to get past its own corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson, which has an entirely different look that's more flair-focused, and which lacks the Sportage's turbo option and its UVO voice controls.
The Ford Escape is still a best seller 11 years in its current form, and has more interior space and a Hybrid model to distinguish it.
The Nissan Rogue sports interesting styling and good road manners, but its continuously variable transmission--still the best of its kind--leads to more drivetrain noise and slower responses to throttle inputs.
The Honda CR-V is new this year, and it's evolutionary change at best, with no major advances in powertrain or features.
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 non-turbo Sportage.
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|2012 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan RogueBrowse Used Listings||2012 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||FWD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD|
|2WD 4-Door Base||FWD 4-Door XLS||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Manual GL||FWD 4-Door S||4-Door Manual 2.5X|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Manual||Manual||Automatic||Manual||Continuously variable ratio||Manual|
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|2012 Kia Sportage vs. 2012 Ford Escape||2012 Kia Sportage vs. 2012 Honda CR-V||2012 Kia Sportage vs. 2012 Hyundai Tucson||2012 Kia Sportage vs. 2012 Nissan Rogue||2012 Kia Sportage vs. 2012 Subaru Forester|