2021 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2021 Kia Sportage
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Sportage competes against other mega-selling compact crossovers from Honda and Toyota that are more spacious and perhaps a little more stylish—and offer better fuel economy with hybrid versions.

The Equinox is in a holding pattern until next year, when it’ll get better looks.

The Ford Escape offers a hybrid powertrain too, but it steers more toward on-road comfort than the bunch.

The Subaru Forester was our Best Car To Buy 2019 and very capable, even in the face of newer rivals.

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The 2021 Kia Sportage hits with value and looks even if its performance and fuel economy slightly miss.
The 2021 Chevy Equinox draws closer to the Blazer in size and mission—and in price.
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the meat-and-potatoes crossover for many buyers; the RAV4 Prime supplies the all-electric range.
The 2020 Ford Escape takes a more refined tack, and brings its hybrid edition back into vogue.
The 2020 Honda CR-V hits right at the heart of many buyers’ needs: comfortable, spacious, quiet, and efficient.
The 2020 Subaru Forester is an incredible value among compact crossovers and a former Best Car To Buy winner.
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19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
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Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WD
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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