2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. 2020 Kia Sportage

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the CR-V Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The CR-V Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Sportage’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the CR-V Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Sportage.

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

Warranty

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The CR-V Hybrid’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 39 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V Hybrid’s warranty.

Engine

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The CR-V Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 31 more horsepower (212 vs. 181) than the Sportage’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

CR-V Hybrid

AWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

40 city/35 hwy

Sportage

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the CR-V Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Sportage doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the CR-V Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sportage doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The CR-V Hybrid 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

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The CR-V Hybrid 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.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CR-V Hybrid has larger tires than the Sportage (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

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The front grille of the CR-V Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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

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

The CR-V Hybrid 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 Hybrid is 1.4 inches lower than the Sportage (18” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

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The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Sportage with its rear seat up (33.2 vs. 30.7 cubic feet). The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Sportage with its rear seat folded (68.7 vs. 60.1 cubic feet).

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

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

CR-V Hybrid

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 Hybrid’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 Hybrid. The Sportage doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the CR-V Hybrid EX/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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sportage has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The CR-V Hybrid’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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V Hybrid’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Sportage’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

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The Honda CR-V outsold the Kia Sportage by over four to one during 2019.

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