2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Kia Sportage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Sportage doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sportage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CR-V and the Sportage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Kia Sportage:

 

CR-V

Sportage

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The CR-V’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sportage runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 35 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (184 vs. 181) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 175) than the Sportage’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Kia Sportage:

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Sportage 4 cyl.

Sportage SX

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

8 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

16.3 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

86.4 MPH

86.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Sportage:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Sportage

 

FWD

LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

EX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

 

SX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/25 hwy

 

 

SX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/23 hwy

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sportage doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Sportage doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops shorter than the Sportage:

 

CR-V

Sportage

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Sportage (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sportage (8.2 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sportage doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sportage doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sportage (105.9 vs. 98.6).

The CR-V has .8 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sportage.

The rear step up height for the CR-V is 1.4 inches lower than the Sportage (18” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Sportage with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 30.7 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Sportage with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 60.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Sportage’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Sportage’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Sportage

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

33.4”/68.2”

Max Width

54”

52.3”

Min Width

41.5”

41”

Height

41”

29.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sportage doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Sportage doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Sportage doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Sportage doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Sportage’s standard power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes. With the Sportage EX/SX Turbo’s power windows, only the driver’s window opens or closes automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sportage can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sportage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sportage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because it costs $423 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Sportage, including $91 less for a water pump, $217 less for a muffler, $14 less for front brake pads, $7 less for front struts, $110 less for a timing belt/chain and $703 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $755 to $3414 less than for the Kia Sportage.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Sportage

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

TRUE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sportage was rated third in its category.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Sportage has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Sportage has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Kia Sportage by almost five to one during the 2018 model year.

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