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2019 Kia Sportage

Starting Price: $24,745 | Price Yours

Above Average: Optional strong turbocharged engine; outstanding warranty; knobs and buttons for climate control and other things (not all touchscreen); some nice luxury even in the entry-level model

Below Average: Not great off road; a bit tight inside for passengers and cargo compared to others; fuel economy isn’t great

Consensus: The Kia Sportage is a solid little compact SUV that offers a lot in a small package. It comes with plenty of options right out the gate, included heated and ventilated front seats. a 320-watt Harman Kardon stereo, and an excellent warranty. It’s comfortable, fun, and looks sporty, and has an excellent and strong optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. There are better choices off road, however.
 

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2019 Honda HR-V

Starting Price: $21,515 | Price Yours

Above Average: Good fuel mileage; good cargo space; fun to drive, and good ride

Below Average: A little low on power; there are sportier choices

Consensus: For 2019, the Honda HR-V has received a major makeover that includes new styling inside and out, new trim levels, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s all about fuel efficiency, so the engine could use a bit more power, but the HR-V is fun in the turns and comfortable on the road. Clever features help it carry larger items, and it has excellent cargo space. While it is offered with all-wheel drive, there are better choices off road.
 

The Kia Sportage and Honda HR-V are both strong contenders in the small crossover SUV segment that each have their own strengths. The Sportage has a respectable and strong engine that can be upgraded to a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, but it doesn’t get great fuel economy. That’s where the HR-V shines, with an efficient engine that’s a little low on power, although it’s still both sporty and comfortable. The Sportage has some sharp looks, but in terms of efficiency, the HR-V manages its small footprint very well, with excellent and efficient cargo space. Neither is the segment leader when the pavement turns to dirt, however.

Similarities

Both are offered with optional all-wheel drive; thoughtful interior features, such as buttons and knobs where others have touchscreens;

Kia Sportage Advantages

Great warranty; much more power

Honda HR-V Advantages

Significantly better fuel mileage; good cargo capacity

Final Recommendation

There’s enough to differentiate these two that it comes down to a choice of power vs. fuel economy. The HR-V only has one engine, and if it’s not enough, then the Sportage is the natural choice, offering significantly more power even with its base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. Plus, the longer Kia warranty is a factor. But if fuel efficiency with a modicum of power is for you, the HR-V is the standout here. It has some nice tech, a ride that is both comfortable and sporty when the road curves, and a well-designed interior that makes the most of its small footprint, with plenty of space. 

  2019 Kia Sportage 2019 Honda HR-V
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 1.8-liter I4
Horsepower 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm 141 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm
Transmission Automatic 6-speed Automatic CVT
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city, 29 hwy) 30 mpg (28 city, 34 hwy)
Also Available 2.0-liter I4, turbocharged;  2.0-liter I4, turbocharged;
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 105.1 inches 102.8 inches
Overall Length 176.4 inches 170.4 inches
Width 73.0 inches (w/mirrors) 69.8 inches
Height 64.4 inches 63.2 inches
Turning Diameter 34.8 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.3 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.1 inches 38.3 inches
Legroom, Front 41.5 inches 41.2 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.2 inches 39.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.1 inches 56.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 54.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 129.3 cu. ft. 100.1 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (2nd row  down) 60.1 cu. ft. 58.8 cu. ft.
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