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Kia Sportage Vs. Honda CR-V: Specs-Sheet Showdown

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The compact SUV class is currently one of the most popular in the U.S., and the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage are two strong offerings within it. How do the current versions of these crossover counterparts compare on paper?

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The current generation of the Kia Sportage debuted as a 2017 model, receiving a mild refresh — including updated exterior styling, additional standard equipment and a new S trim level — for the 2020 model year. Similarly, the CR-V was redesigned for the 2017 model year and received styling and technology updates as well as a new hybrid version for 2020.

Trim Levels and Pricing

2020 Honda CR-V and CR-V Hybrid (2021 data not yet available)

  • LX: $26,270 (front-wheel drive); $27,770 (all-wheel drive)
  • LX Hybrid: $28,970 (AWD)
  • EX: $28,780 (FWD); $30,280 (AWD)
  • EX Hybrid: $31,480 (AWD)
  • EX-L: $31,270 (FWD); $32,770 (AWD)
  • EX-L Hybrid: $33,970 (AWD)
  • Touring: $34,470 (FWD); $35,970 (AWD)
  • Touring Hybrid: $37,170 (AWD)

(All prices include an $1,120 destination fee.)

2021 Kia Sportage

  • LX: $25,110 (FWD); $26,610 (AWD)
  • S: $27,610 (FWD); $29,310 (AWD)
  • EX: $28,410 (FWD); $29,910 (AWD)
  • SX: $34,770 (FWD); $36,270 (AWD)

(All prices include an $1,120 destination fee.)

As you can see, while the Sportage is priced more affordably at the lowest trim level, as features are added the prices become more similar until the top Sportage SX surpasses the CR-V Touring. In fact, an AWD Sportage SX is just $900 cheaper than the fully loaded CR-V Hybrid Touring.

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Drive and Fuel Economy

All gas-powered Honda CR-Vs use the same 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission, and are offered in both front- and all-wheel drive. The engine produces 190 horsepower and 179 pounds-feet of torque. The CR-V Hybrid, meanwhile, is only available with all-wheel drive and uses a two-motor system that combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor and technically eschews a traditional transmission entirely. Total system output for the CR-V Hybrid is 212 hp and 232 pounds-feet.

Kia does not offer a hybrid version of the Sportage but does offer buyers a choice of two gas engines depending on trim level. The LX, S and EX are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine produces 181 hp and 175 pounds-feet of torque. The SX gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 240 hp and 260 pounds-feet, and it is also paired to a six-speed auto. All Sportages are available with either FWD or AWD.

Side view of a blue 2020 Honda CR-V 2020 Honda CR-V | Cars.com photo by Melissa Klauda

Gas Mileage Ratings

Honda CR-V

  • CR-V (FWD): 28/34/30 mpg city/highway/combined
  • CR-V (AWD): 27/32/29 mpg
  • CR-V Hybrid: 40/35/38 mpg

Kia Sportage

  • Sportage LX, S, and EX (FWD): 23/30/26 mpg
  • Sportage LX, S, and EX (AWD): 21/25/23 mpg
  • Sportage SX (FWD): 20/28/23 mpg
  • Sportage SX (AWD): 19/24/21 mpg

According to EPA estimates, all versions of the CR-V are more fuel-efficient than the Sportage.

Exterior Dimensions

Honda CR-V

  • Wheelbase: 104.8 inches (FWD); 104.7 in (AWD)
  • Length: 182.1 inches
  • Width: 73 inches
  • Height: 66.1 inches (FWD); 66.5 inches (AWD)

Honda CR-V Hybrid

  • Wheelbase: 104.7 inches
  • Length: 182.1 inches
  • Width: 73 inches
  • Height: 66.5 inches

Kia Sportage

  • Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
  • Length: 176.4 inches
  • Width: 73 inches
  • Height: 64.4 inches (FWD without roof rails); 64.8 inches (FWD with roof rails); 64.8 inches (AWD without roof rails); 65.2 inches (AWD with roof rails)

While the Sportage does have a longer wheelbase, it shares the same width measurement as both the CR-V and CR-V Hybrid but is nearly half a foot shorter in overall length and shorter in height even with the inclusion of roof rails.

Interior Dimensions and Cargo Space

Note that the cargo volume figures are provided by the manufacturers and may not use the same methodology, making a comparison between the two imprecise.

Honda CR-V

  • Headroom (front): 40.1 inches (LX); 38.0 in (EX, EX-L, Touring)
  • Headroom (rear): 39.2 inches (LX); 39.1 in (EX, EX-L, Touring)
  • Legroom (front): 41.3 inches
  • Legroom (rear): 40.4 inches
  • Shoulder room (front): 57.9 inches
  • Shoulder room (rear): 55.6 inches
  • Hiproom (front): 55.1 inches
  • Hiproom (rear): 49.5 inches
  • Cargo Volume (rear seats up): 39.2 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (rear seats folded): 75.8 cubic feet

Honda CR-V Hybrid

  • Headroom (front): 40.1 inches (LX); 38.0 inches (EX, EX-L, Touring)
  • Headroom (rear): 39.2 inches (LX); 39.1 inches (EX, EX-L, Touring)
  • Legroom (front): 41.3 inches
  • Legroom (rear): 40.4 inches
  • Shoulder room (front): 57.9 inches
  • Shoulder room (rear): 55.6 inches
  • Hiproom (front): 55.1 inches
  • Hiproom (rear): 49.5 inches
  • Cargo Volume (rear seats up): 33.2 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (rear seats folded): 68.7 cubic feet

Kia Sportage

  • Headroom (front): 39.3 inches (without panoramic sunroof); 37.6 in (with panoramic sunroof)
  • Headroom (rear): 39.1 inches (without panoramic sunroof); 37.9 in (with panoramic sunroof)
  • Legroom (front): 41.5 inches
  • Legroom (rear): 38.2 inches
  • Shoulder room (front): 57.1 inches
  • Shoulder room (rear): 55.1 inches
  • Hiproom (front): 54.3 inches
  • Hiproom (rear): 51.2 inches
  • Cargo Volume (rear seats up): 30.7 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (rear seats folded): 60.1 cubic feet

The CR-V and CR-V Hybrid both offer a slightly roomier cabin for occupants than the Sportage. While we can’t accurately compare cargo measurements across the two brands, note that the CR-V Hybrid’s cargo space is less than that of the CR-V.

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Safety

The CR-V and CR-V Hybrid come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety technology. It includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. The 2020 CR-V and CR-V Hybrid are Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks and have both received five-star overall ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2020 CR-V received mixed grades in our testing of its child safety seat fitment, and while the Hybrid would likely receive similar grades, we haven’t confirmed that via testing.

The Sportage also comes with similar standard safety features, though adaptive cruise control is unavailable in the base LX, optional on the middle S and EX and standard on the SX. It, too, is an IIHS 2020 Top Safety Pick and given a five-star overall rating from NHTSA. We haven’t tested its child safety seat fitment since it was completely redesigned for the 2017 model year, though it did earn solid scores at the time.

Cars.com’s handy Compare tool will allow you to check out even more detailed comparisons of the three SUVs.

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