2016 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2015 Kia Sportage
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

A quality cabin and available turbo power are two of the main points that separate the Kia Sportage from most of its competitors.

However, many rivals are larger inside.

The Honda CR-V makes the most of its interior space and reputation for durability, and fuel economy's quite good.

The Nissan Rogue has good space and a healthy feature set, though its continuously variable transmission doesn't make it feel all that lively.

The Chevy Equinox is noticeably bigger than the Sportage and its second-row seat slides for flexible interior space, but the 4-cylinder model gets the same top EPA highway rating as the Sportage.

There's also the Ford Escape, which has very sporty handling and styling, as well as 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.

The Hyundai Tucson is a sister vehicle to the Sportage, but its brand new redesign gives it more space, a higher level of refinement, and the latest crash-prevention technologies.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Kia Sportage offers good looks, a quality interior, and the fun of available turbocharged power, but it is small inside and it's falling behind in safety ratings.
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has one of the most spacious, quiet, and versatile interiors among smaller crossovers, and it loads on the value.
The 2016 Ford Escape gives up a little comfort and utility in its quest to be the most exciting crossover SUV to drive.
The 2016 Honda CR-V has its priorities in the right place, with lots of space and features—but performance takes a back seat.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson caters to drivers that put styling and features at the top of their crossover-SUV wish list.
The 2016 Nissan Rogue offers excellent fuel economy, an upscale interior, and a smooth, but uninspired ride. The available third-row seat is too small for most buyers.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door LFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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