2017 Kia Sportage vs Honda HR-V

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Kia completely redesigned the 2017 Sportage, their compact sports utility vehicle. How does it compare to another newer car in the same class, the Honda HR-V? We’ll help you decide which compact SUV is right for you.

2017 Kia Sportage vs Honda HR-V


The 2017 Kia Sportage seats five. Some complained about previous years’ cabin noise, but this newly redesigned model benefits from soundproofing. That upgrade has made it now the quietest cabin in its class. The interior feels luxurious, with a new streamlined, stylish look. The seating is spacious in front, and astounding in back. Back seats have so much room, they can even recline.

The Honda HR-V also seats five, but leg room is cramped in the front and, due to the sloping roofline, head room is cramped in the back. No complaints about the style though, with a decidedly upscale interior comparable to the Sportage’s. Also like the Sportage, the cabin is quiet and otherwise comfortable.

TECHNOLOGY: Kia Sportage

Kia is becoming known for its technology, with even most base models sporting many coveted features. Take the Sportage. It has a responsive touchscreen that starts at 5 inches, UVO infotainment system, six speakers, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and USB port. Optional features include heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, panoramic sunroof, larger touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a faster-charging USB port, navigation, HD Radio, a premium audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic pre-collision braking, and hands-free power liftgate.

The Honda HR-V is a little less equipped, with user-friendliness actually decreasing in upper trims. It comes standard with Bluetooth, USB port, four-speaker sound system, multi-angle rearview camera, and 5-inch display. The base trim has traditional knobs and buttons, which disappear as the touchscreen grows in upper trims. That looks sleek but loses some functionality.


The 2017 Kia Sportage gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. It shifts smoothly through the gears, but it’s not particularly powerful.

By comparison, the HR-V does slightly better in fuel economy with 25/33 mpg city/highway, about average for a compact SUV. It’s noisy as it accelerates and, like the Sportage, won’t win any awards for performance.

SAFETY: Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage really shines in safety. While previous years always lagged in this category, the newly redesigned 2017 model earned an overall five-star rating and earned the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. In other words, it’s the best in its class in safety ratings.

The HR-V also earned an overall five-star rating and is definitely a safe car. But it won no outstanding recognition on this front, so the Sportage takes the day in this category.

Learn More about the Kia Sportage

With its superior safety rating, array of tech options, and spacious head and leg room in front and back, the 2017 Kia Sportage comes out on top in this comparison. While its fuel economy isn’t quite as good as the HR-V, the Honda doesn’t have much over the Kia even there. Kia’s redesign has really paid off, with a quieter cabin and award-winning safe design. Test drive one and see why the Sportage continues to be one of the most popular crossover SUV on the market.