Where Does the Kia Sportage Stack up Against its Top Competitors? Liberty Kia is Here to Answer!

The Kia brand is one that excels in bringing out the maximum usefulness of their vehicles, with each of their SUVs including a lot of safety, off-roading performance, powertrain, and interior space for the road ahead. As its name suggests, the Kia Sportage is designed to bring out the "sport" in "sport utility vehicle," complete with a lot of capability, durability, and safety for the road ahead, whether you are exploring the streets of Ramsey or the many scenic trails along the Passaic River near Fair Lawn. However, smart shoppers like you deserve proof of all these capabilities, which is why we are here at Liberty Kia to help you decide if this new SUV is right for you. We went ahead and did some research as to where the 2019 Kia Sportage stacks up against its top competitors and we want to share these results with you, so let us see how it compares against two worthy challengers from the Honda and Toyota Brands!

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Kia Sportage vs Honda CR-V

We start our comparisons with the Honda CR-V, one of the most well-known mid-sized crossovers of the Honda brand. While this mid-sized model certainly brings a lot of capability and family-friendly safety to the table, Sportage has a lot more to offer, even in its base trim level, many of these features you might have to pay extra for in the Honda CR-V.

  • One of these features is automatic dual-zone climate control for you and your copilot to enjoy in the front seats. The base trim level of the Kia Sportage comes available with it, but it is unavailable on base trims of the Honda CR-V.
  • When it comes to your entertainment, you might find a richer audio quality to the sound system of the Kia Sportage, given that it has six speakers instead of the four-speaker sound system featured on the Honda CR-V.
  • While the Honda brand prides itself on fuel efficiency, among other things, the Honda CR-V falls short slightly over the Kia Sportage, given that the former has a 14-gallon fuel capacity. The Kia Sportage holds about 16.4 gallons of fuel and is the more lightweight mid-sized crossover SUV overall, which helps save fuel in the long run when committing from Chestnut Ridge, NY to Ramsey.
  • With all of the convenience available in its base trim levels, you might think the Kia Sportage starts out at a higher price, but that is not the case. The Sportage begins at $23,750, whereas the Honda CR-V starts out at $24,250, which is a total price difference of $500.
  • Finally, in addition to its lower starting price, the warranties provided by Kia help to keep your investment protected for much longer than those provided by Honda. The Kia Basic Warranty lasts for 60 months or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) and its Powertrain Limited Warranty lasts for 120 months or 100,000 miles. The Basic Warranty for the Honda CR-V keeps this SUV protected for 36 months or 36,000 miles and its Powertrain Warranty protects engine/transmission components for 60 months or 60,000 miles.

Kia Sportage vs Toyota RAV4

The Toyota brand is another utilitarian brand, which prides itself on efficiency and durability in its vehicles. However, when it comes to its mid-sized crossover, the Toyota RAV4, you will find that it falls short in a variety of important ways.

  • Despite the Toyota brand's commitment to fuel economy, its SUV models like the RAV4 still have a bit of a challenge in front of them as this crossover SUV falls short in fuel capacity and is about 150 pounds heavier than the Kia Sportage.
  • In addition to its efficiency, the Kia Sportage also has a lot of capability to offer as well, with a towing capacity of about 2,000 pounds, which gives you more options for what you can take with you to Mahwah, from U-Haul trailers to small campers and more. The Toyota RAV4 can tow up to 1500 pounds.
  • While the Toyota RAV4 contains a bit more total passenger volume, it is not as evenly distributed while the Kia Sportage gives your passengers in the backseat a lot more head and leg room overall.
  • Both of these crossover SUVs feature inline four-cylinder (I4) engines, though the Kia Sportage has a lot more robust performance to contribute with higher total torque output in acceleration and higher generated horsepower overall. The Sportage also features direct injection versus sequential fuel injection of the Toyota RAV4. Direct fuel injection allows for more precise engine performance with little, if any, wasted fuel and a lot more flexibility with how much fuel can be saved ant any given time during your drive.
  • Finally, for your comfort and convenience, the Kia Sportage comes available with many extra amenities that you must pay extra to enjoy on the Toyota RAV4, including heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Stop by Liberty Kia Today!

As you can see, there are a wide variety of advantages that the Kia Sportage has to offer over these worthy competitors. If you think that the 2019 Kia Sportage is the right SUV for you and your needs, then come test drive one here at Liberty Kia! We are located here in Ramsey, New Jersey and you can contact us online if you have any questions along the way. See you soon!


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