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2018 Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage

Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage

SUVs are popular for many reasons: their powerful performance, their spacious interiors, their advanced safety systems, and much more. For drivers in Denver, Aurora, and Centennial, two SUVs that tend to stand out are the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage.

The 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Kia Sportage are two of the most reliable and popular SUVs in their class—but only one can deliver the power and space you need for your commutes and road trips. Our team at Mile High Honda has put together this 2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Kia Sportage comparison. Continue reading to see which vehicle is best for you!

CR-V vs Sportage: Performance

Honda CR-V vs Kia SportageWhen it comes to engine performance, both the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage deliver respectable power.

With the Honda CR-V, you’ll get a standard 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, which produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The Kia Sportage and its standard 2.4L 4-cylinder engine produces less power, with 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.

Despite their similar engines and outputs, the Honda CR-V is the more fuel-efficient option. With its standard powertrain, it achieves an EPA-estimated 26 city/32 highway MPG.1 The Kia Sportage, on the other hand, only puts out an EPA-estimated 23 city/30 highway MPG, so you’ll be making more pit stops during your commutes and road trips.

Cargo Space and Interior

Inside both the Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V, you’ll find plenty of room for you and four other passengers.


Headroom (front/rear) 40.1 inches/39.2 inches 39.3 inches/39.1 inches
Legroom (front/rear) 41.3 inches/40.4 inches 41.5 inches/38.2 inches
Shoulder room (front/rear) 57.9 inches/55.6 inches 57.1 inches/55.1 inches


Overall, though, the Honda CR-V offers more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room. Although the Kia Sportage barely has more front legroom, it sacrifices its rear legroom to do so.

Although the Honda CR-V has more space for passengers to stretch out in, it doesn’t compromise on its cargo space. With the second row folded down, the 2018 CR-V provides 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space, so you can easily fit in your groceries, luggage, and gear. In comparison, the Kia Sportage only has a maximum of 60.1 cubic feet of cargo room.

Honda vs Kia: Safety Technology

The Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage both have an appealing selection of safety systems to keep you alert and focused on the road ahead.

With the Kia Sportage, you’ll have an available array of advanced safety features, such as the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). With LDWS, you’ll be alerted to any unintentional lane drifting, so you can safely guide the Sportage back to the center of the lane.

As for the Honda CR-V, it comes with available Honda Sensing®, a suite of high-tech safety systems that includes:

  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): LKAS will adjust your steering if it senses you straying from the center of the lane.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™): If an otherwise unavoidable collision is detected, CMBS™ can help apply the brakes to lessen the severity of impact—or avoid it altogether.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC): With ACC and Low-Speed Follow, you can maintain a set following distance from the car ahead of you.

Although the Kia Sportage comes with comparable safety features, like Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning, they aren’t standard until higher trim levels. The Honda Sensing® suite, though, comes standard on the second trim level of the CR-V, the EX.

Test Drive the CR-V

The Kia Sportage is a capable SUV, but the Honda CR-V has better fuel efficiency, more interior space, and the Honda Sensing® suite of safety features. To fully experience everything the 2018 Honda CR-V can do, come on by our dealership for a test drive!

If you live in the areas of Centennial, Denver, or Aurora, visit Mile High Honda today. Our team is ready to help you. We look forward to hearing from you!


1 Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.



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