Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Kia Sportage Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Kia Sportage

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’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 Sportage doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sportage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CR-V and the Sportage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The CR-V’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sportage runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 34 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 31 points higher than the Sportage.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (184 vs. 181) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 175) than the Sportage’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Kia Sportage 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V

Sportage

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Sportage:

 

 

CR-V

Sportage

 

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto LX

 

 

n/a

22 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto EX

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0T/Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

20 city/23 hwy

2.0T/Auto

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sportage doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops shorter than the Sportage:

 

CR-V

Sportage

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Sportage (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sportage (8.2 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sportage doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sportage doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sportage (105.9 vs. 98.6).

The CR-V has .8 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sportage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Sportage with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 30.7 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Sportage with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 60.1 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sportage doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Sportage doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Sportage doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Sportage’s standard power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes. With the Sportage EX/SX Turbo’s power windows, only the driver’s window opens or closes automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Sportage can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sportage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sportage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because it costs $423 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Sportage, including $182 less for a water pump, $234 less for an alternator, $14 less for front brake pads, $58 less for fuel injection, $8 less for a fuel pump and $655 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda CR-V and the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sportage was rated third in its category.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Sportage has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Kia Sportage by over five to one during 2017.

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