2017 Kia Sportage vs Honda CR-V
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When versatility and power come in stylish, spacious packages – as in small crossover SUVs like the 2017 Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V – they’re that much harder to resist. If you’re shopping for one of these sporty models, we can help you figure out which is best for your purposes. Check out our comparison guide to learn more.
2017 Kia Sportage vs Honda CR-V
For outstanding passenger space and class-leading comfort, give the 2017 Kia Sportage a whirl. Up front, the Sportage’s power seats include bottom cushions that tilt independently for maximum customization and comfort at the wheel. Rear seats are so spacious that you can transport a cabin full of 6-foot-tall passengers without ever encroaching on anyone’s head or leg room. High-end materials, like optional leather upholstery, put a stylish spin on your daily commute.
Inside, the Honda CR-V has many of its own high points. The cabin is stylish, yet practical, with two rows of roomy seating that are also plenty comfortable for tall passengers. If there’s one drawback, it’s that the CR-V isn’t quite as luxurious as the Sportage – cabin materials aren’t as high in quality.
For technophiles, the 2017 Kia Sportage is a bright spot in the compact crossover segment. Beginning with the mid-grade Sportage EX, these crossovers come with the Uvo infotainment system. It includes a responsive 7-inch touchscreen for quick access to apps like Pandora and traffic updates. Best of all, the system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology, which means that, instead of picking up your smartphone while driving, you can access apps like Phone and Messages on the Sportage’s central touchscreen.
The Honda CR-V also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to help you stay connected without looking away from the road. And, just like the Sportage, you can add rear-seat USB charging ports to the CR-V, making it easier for your kids to keep their iPads ready for action. There’s just one catch – the CR-V touchscreen can be slow to respond to your requests. A separate tuning knob would be helpful, but there isn’t one.
We like the Honda CR-V for safety. It’s got the crash-test scores and high-tech safety equipment you need for peace of mind on family road trips. In government crash tests, this compact crossover earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also named it a Top Safety Pick+ because it earned top scores in every crash test. All but the base LX model come standard with the CR-V’s suite of driver aids, including a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. This technology increases vigilance, so you can spot danger before it becomes a costly accident.
The 2017 Kia Sportage also earned top marks in crash tests, including five stars from the government. The IIHS named the Sportage a 2017 Top Safety Pick (note that it’s not a Top Safety Pick+, a slight difference that means the Sportage didn’t score as well on headlight tests). You can also add high-tech driver aids, like lane-departure warning, to increase on-road vigilance.
With the Sportage, you can balance proficient fuel economy with an athletic ride. Its thriftiest powertrain earns 23 city/30 highway mpg. Moreover, the Sportage’s six-speed automatic is one of the best in the segment, giving you quick access to speed and a smooth ride. And, with this crossover’s compliant handling, you’ll feel completely confident on winding roads.
In the Honda CR-V, you’ll also experience great fuel economy – up to 28/34 mpg. However, to achieve these numbers, you have to upgrade to the turbocharged engine. The base engine is both weaker and less efficient. Still, both models offer all-wheel drive, which helps you achieve both a sporty performance and excellent traction on wet roads.
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Both the 2017 Kia Sportage and its rival, the Honda CR-V, are ready to deliver top-notch passenger safety and a sporty ride. However, if you want the whole package, go with the Sportage. Inside, it’s spacious enough to transport a family of 6-footers with a cabin that’s so comfortable that you’ll actually look forward to your commute. This sporty crossover even stocks all the latest in smartphone integration, so staying connected is a breeze. The 2017 Sportage is the total package in crossover SUV excellence.