2013 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2013 Kia Sportage
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The stylish Kia Sportage has an athletic look and feel, especially with turbo power, but it's a bit small compared to some of the crossovers in its class.

The likely alternatives you'll shop include the Hyundai Tucson, a mechanical cousin of the Kia, but with "fluidic sculpture" styling all its own--and without the turbo-four option.

The Nissan Rogue is quite close in execution to the Kia (and Hyundai), but some might be turned off by its continuously variable transmission, which can create more drivetrain noise and isn't particularly efficient in this application, either.

The Chevy Equinox is noticeably bigger than the Sportage, but the four-cylinder model gets the same top EPA highway rating, and its second-row seat slides for flexible interior space.

New this year, the 2013 Ford Escape has very sporty handling and styling, and features that will awe some and confuse others--while the newest Honda CR-V makes the most of its interior space and reputation for durability, while styling's just improved enough to ignore, and fuel economy's now a bit above average.

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Quick Specs
A rakish crossover with a 260-horsepower four on tap, the Kia Sportage reboots its image on a few levels all at once.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
Rich in value and interesting styling cues, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson's a pint-sized crossover that completely avoids SUV cliches of size and looks.
The 2013 Nissan Rogue may not have excitement in its corner, but its layout, features, and affordability make a lot of sense for smaller families.
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 2WDFWD Sport Utility
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2WD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GLFWD 4-Door S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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