Kia Sportage Versus Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, & Honda CR-V
The 2016 Kia Sportage has some stiff competition this year, but it’s proving that great value will always come out on top. With available All-Wheel-Drive, a leading warranty, and the available performance of a 260 horsepower turbocharged engine, there’s a lot to love about the new Sportage.
Find out how the Kia Sportage compares to the Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V, and see which vehicle proves best for life in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Kia Sportage vs. Ford Escape
While the Ford Escape has been boasting the benefits of their EcoBoost engines for some time now, the Kia Sportage’s available twin-scroll turbocharged engine actually delivers more power than Ford’s EcoBoost, while the standard 182hp engine of the Sportage also offers over a dozen more horsepower than the 2016 Escape’s entry-level motor.
Though Ford has since caught up and matched Kia’s 5-year/100,000km powertrain warranty, the Korean car manufacturer sweetens the deal with available AWD (as opposed to 4WD) and the option of a sporty 6-speed manual transmission in addition to a 6-speed automatic.
Highlights of the Kia Sportage:
- More standard and available horsepower than the Ford Escape
- Features AWD and a 6-speed manual transmission
Kia Sportage vs. Hyundai Tucson
This year, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is even more costly, though it has two less powerful engines than their Kia Sportage equivalents. The Tucson’s standard engine has 18 less horsepower and 26 fewer lb-ft. of torque than the Sportage’s standard engine. The 2016 Tucson returns with a brand new 1.6L turbocharged engine, yet the Sportage continues to outrank it with its 2.0L turbocharged engine that delivers 85 more horsepower and 75 lb-ft. of torque.
The most significant difference between the Tuscon and the Sportage is the price. The Sportage offers everything that the Tucson does and then some, yet the MSRP for the Tucson is $24,399.00, while the Sportage is only $22,995.00.
Highlights of the 2016 Kia Sportage:
- More horsepower and torque
- A $1,404.00 MRSP price difference for better or comparable performance
Kia Sportage vs. 2015 Toyota RAV4
The Kia Sportage has a superior warranty of 5 years/100,000km covering almost all aspects of the vehicle, while Toyota’s basic warranty is 3 years/60,000km. While the RAV4 offers nearly the same power as the Sportage’s 182hp powerplant (6 horsepower difference), it doesn’t have an answer to the Sportage’s available 260hp GDI four-cylinder engine.
Other differences between the Sportage and RAV4 include towing capacity (the Sportage can carry an additional 500lbs with a max towing capacity of 2,000 lb.) as well as rear legroom where the Sportage slightly edges out the RAV4. The RAV4 also doesn’t offer a manual transmission option, while the Sportage boasts a sporty 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic for customers to choose from.
Kia Sportage highlights:
- 2 years of additional warranty coverage over the Toyota RAV4
- More towing capacity than the RAV4
- Available 260hp turbocharged engine (no equivalent offered by the RAV4)
- Choose between 6-speed auto or 6-speed manual transmission (only automatic offered by the RAV4)
Kia Sportage vs. 2015 Honda CR-V
As the most expensive CUV in this comparison, the 2015 Honda CRV’s entry-level MSRP is listed at $2,995.00 higher than that of the Sportage, and grows even more once you add the features already standard in the Sportage into the Honda model. The power is comparable until you get to the Sportage’s turbocharged engine, which offers 75 more horsepower than the 2.4L engine that comes with all models. The Sportage also provides just over 500 more pounds in towing capacity, while the CR-V has only slightly better fuel economy, certainly not enough to eclipse the stark difference in price. The Honda CRV also only offers a 5-speed automatic transmission where the Sportage offers both a 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual.
- Kia Sportage priced $2,995.00 lower than Honda CRV
- The Kia Sportage can tow 2,000 lbs, as opposed to the CRV, which can only tow 1,500 lbs
- The Honda CRV is only available with a 5-speed CVT transmission, while the Sportage provides your choice of a 6speed automatic and manual