2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Honda CR-V

The battle for dominance amongst crossovers rages on, and nowhere is that more obvious than here with 2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Honda CR-V. Both auto manufacturers are betting big on these crossovers. Both models are comparable, with similar cargo space and options for all-wheel drive, but one of them clearly has more to offer.

When you buy a crossover, you want capability and maneuverability. You want to feel like you are driving a car around town and you want to feel like you have an SUV when you have things to haul or people to carry. In order to achieve this, you need some power under the hood, and the 2017 Kia Sportage delivers that power. With 240 horsepower under the hood, the Kia leaves the 2017 Honda CR-V’s 190 horsepower in the dust. The Kia also outdoes the Honda in the torque department with 260 pound-feet torque compared to the CR-V’s 180 pound-feet of torque.

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2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Honda CR-V
240 Max Horsepower 190
260 lb/ft Max Torque 180 lb/ft
2,000 pounds Towing 1,500 pounds
Available All-Wheel drive Available
6-speed Automatic Transmission CVT
120 months / 100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 60 months / 60,000 miles

2017 Kia Sportage Options and Models

For 2017 Kia is offering three different trim levels with the LX, EX, and SX Turbo. Here Honda’s plan differs with the CR-V as it offers four trim levels. Reviewing these four trim levels reveals that they are extremely similar to one another. In fact, the two engine options for the Honda barely offer any performance differences.

The three Sportage trims however offer a wide array of options including an economical 2.4-liter engine that can deliver up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and the more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with the SX Turbo that produces the impressive 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque that we discussed above. Regardless of your engine option, the Sportage can tow up to 2,000 pounds, once again outdoing the CR-V’s 1,500 pound towing capacity.

The Honda CR-V comes equipped with a CVT transmission across all trim levels. Though these transmissions tend to be slightly more efficient, they have lag at highway speeds and are prone to reliability issues. The 2017 Kia Sportage on the other hand uses an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic with overdrive to ensure you always have the reliable power you need.

With a UVO eServices infotainment system that boasts a 7” color touchscreen equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the Kia Sportage can help you stay connected and keep your whole family entertained out there on the road. This impressive technology offering is optional on the LX and standard on the EX and SX Turbo.

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