Athletic on-road behavior and available turbo power are two of the main points that separate the Kia Sportage from most of its competitors.
The Hyundai Tucson is a mechanical cousin of the Kia, but with softer "fluidic sculpture" styling and without the turbo-four option it doesn't match the Kia for attitude.
The 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 quite good with the new direct-injection engine and CVT.
The Nissan Rogue is newly redone, with an improved feature set, although its continuously variable transmission doesn't make it feel all that lively.
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.
There's also the Ford Escape, which has very sporty handling and styling, and features that will awe some and confuse others.
Mazda's CX-5 is easily the most engaging in this segment, but even its optional larger engine can't keep up with the Kia's turbo; still, it's nicely balanced and relatively attractive.
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|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD|
|2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door L||FWD 4-Door S||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door GLS||FWD 4-Door S *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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