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The Sportage’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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Compared to metal, the Sportage’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has a metal gas tank.
Both the Sportage and the Crosstrek Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Crosstrek Hybrid has not been tested, yet.
The Sportage comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the Crosstrek Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Crosstrek Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
There are over 22 percent more Kia dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sportage’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Crosstrek Hybrid isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.
The Sportage’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 33 more horsepower (181 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. hybrid. The Sportage SX Turbo AWD’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 89 more horsepower (237 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. hybrid. The Sportage SX Turbo FWD’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 92 more horsepower (240 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. hybrid.
The Sportage has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Crosstrek Hybrid (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstrek Hybrid:
Sportage SX Turbo
For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Crosstrek Hybrid (245/45R19 vs. 225/55R18).
The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sportage SX Turbo has standard 19-inch wheels. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The Sportage offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Crosstrek Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Crosstrek Hybrid.
For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).
The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.
The Sportage has .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the Crosstrek Hybrid.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sportage’s rear seats recline. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 15.9 cubic feet). The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 43.1 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sportage EX/SX’s liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Sportage’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (2000 vs. 1000 pounds).
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except S/LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Sportage’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Sportage and the Crosstrek Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sportage has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Sportage (except LX) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Sportage is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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