2015 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2015 Kia Sportage
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2015 Kia Sportage is nice to look at and good fun to drive when equipped with the turbo engine; it's proof that crossovers don't have to be uninteresting.
The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is more refined and quiet than many of its competitors, while offering the versatility and value that a budget-conscious family would expect.
With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is neither sporty nor particularly quick, but fuel efficiency is excellent and it prioritizes interior space, earnest practicality, and cleverly chosen features in a way that buyers appear to crave.
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a stylish choice in the compact crossover segment, with solid but unexciting powertrains and a strong feature set.
The 2015 Nissan Rogue may have a small third row, but it's a better car than the previous generation in virtually every way.
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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