2019 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2019 Kia Sportage
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Compact crossovers hew closely to a form, from drivetrains to features, so make sure you’ve allotted plenty of time to test-drive them all.

The Sportage has some common parts with the Hyundai Tucson, and which also has much to recommend it, including good safety data and features.

The Toyota RAV4 is hugely popular with consumers and is certainly worth a look, even if doesn’t really excel in any particular way.

The new 2019 model due this year could change that.

Mazda’s CX-5 is the most polished performer in this class, even if it’s down on power and can get pricey with options.

We love the way the Ford Escape drives and its optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine matches the Sportage’s performance, but it’s also at the end of its life cycle.

Finally, the new Subaru Forester does many things right—visibility, practicality, and fuel economy are all top notch.

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Quick Specs
The handsome, capable 2019 Kia Sportage does many things well; gas mileage isn’t one of them.
The 2019 Ford Escape works well as a crossover SUV, but has the ride and handling of a smartly tuned hatchback.
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson hot-swaps one of its 4-cylinder engines, and ups its safety game.
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 sates solo drivers with good handling and tasteful lines, but bigger families will want to move up in size.
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty.
With a dollop of refinement, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 would be a solid home run.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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