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2016 Kia Sportage vs. 2016 Honda CR-V

Overview

2016 Sportage

Designed and manufactured by KIA, the 2016 Sportage is the perfect vehicle for small families. Offering great safety via its strengthened steel body frame and advanced protection features, the car keeps your family safe. With its powerful engine, spacious cabin, and infotainment features, driving and riding in the car is also a beautiful experience.

2016 CRV

Manufactured by Honda since 1995, the compact recreational vehicle (abbreviated as “CR-V”) is a reliable and durable vehicle. Boasting the Civic platform and currently in its fifth generation with Honda recently releasing its 2016 model, the car tends to be one of the best compact SUVs in the marketplace – offering good performance, safety, and technology.

Performance

The 2016 Kia Sportage is available with a choice in two engines. The first is a fuel-efficient, yet powerful 2.4-Liter, 16-Valve, Inline-4 engine that has the capability of producing 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, while delivering 21 MPG in the city and 28 on the highway. The second is a Turbocharged, 2.0-Liter, Inline-4 engine that offers V6-level performance, producing 260 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 Sportage even comes equipped with a new suspension and braking technology, which makes cornering and braking at high speeds incredibly easy.

The 2016 Honda CR-V is available with only one engine option. A direct-injected, 2.4-Liter, 4-Cylinder, 16-Valve engine that is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and even features a Sport Mode to offer maximum performance on the freeways. The engine makes 185 horsepower, which is slightly higher than the Sportage. Front-wheel-drive models tend to be a little sluggish in acceleration. For leveraging the best performance, it is advised to go for AWD powertrain. Even so, the engine can’t beat the performance offered by the 2.0-Liter Turbocharged engine available with the Sportage.

Interior

In terms of interior styling and comfort, the Kia Sportage checks all the right boxes – providing a luxurious and comfortable cabin that is safe and packed with plenty of amazing infotainment technologies. The interior has also been redesigned to offer a better and cleaner layout than its counterparts. Simple, intuitive, and easily accessible dashboard control also make it easier for drivers and passengers to adjust settings, without the need of taking their eyes off the road. This guarantees better safety and more convenience.

Those drivers who are familiar with the 2015 CR-V won’t find any new or amazing surprises with the 2016 model. The car is pretty much the same in all angles. New changes only include rear A/C vents, a large center console, and a big audio display. Front seats are properly adjustable and supportive, but tend to be uncomfortable for long-distances. In order to leverage maximum comfort though, customers will have to purchase expensive higher trim levels that feature an entirely functional and modern layout with a good blend of infotainment and convenience features or amenities.

Exterior

In terms of exterior styling, the Kia Sportage boasts a rather distinct and unique appeal. With an attractive and eye-catching front, side, and rear-end, the car is bound to turn heads while cruising down the streets. The vehicle boasts a wide stance, which promotes better interior space. Narrow sides give off a sporty feel. Sharp lines promote better aerodynamics that also plays a vital role in guaranteeing better fuel-efficiency. New aluminum-alloy wheels are standard, along with sweptback headlights that give a very distinct appeal. A signature “tiger nose” grille also grabs the attention of most prospective buyers.

The 2016 Honda CR-V also manages to tick all the right boxes in terms of exterior styling. Offering good outward visibility through CAD designed windows; the vehicle provides a less-obstructed view of the world ahead of view, making it easier and safer to maneuver past traffic and in tight spots. The fresh exterior even features chrome stripes that offers a great presence on the roads. The front-end, however, does require a little refinement and tuning – as it gives the vehicle a rather “swollen” type look. The up-level touring models feature better styling cues.

Features

The base LX model of the 2016 Kia Sportage comes standard with steering-wheel-mounted cruise, audio, and phone controls, satellite radio, USB port Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system. Rear passengers get their own air-conditioning duct. An Active ECO system helps drivers save fuel. SX trim levels get KIA’s famous turbocharged engine, a UVO infotainment system, 18-inch alloy wheels, high-intensity headlights, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, navigation, and Infinity Premium Audio system with a subwoofer.

The 2016 Honda CR-V base LX model comes equipped with plenty of amazing features. These include a multi-function center console, steering-wheel mounted controls, tilt/telescoping steering, cruise control, power locks, power windows, and air conditioning. Other high end-models get sliding sun visors, rear A/C vents, Smart Key/Start, temperature indicator, USB interface, Bluetooth, 4-speaker audio system and 60-40 split fold down rear seat (most of which are already available as standard on the Sportage).

Safety

The IIHS has given the 2016 Kia Sportage top “Good” ratings in all crash tests, except for the newer small overlap front-crash test. NHTSA has given the compact’s AWD models five-star in all crash tests, including front, rollover, and side crash. Base models get an overall score of four stars. The Sportage also comes equipped with a healthy list of safety features, which include downhill brake assist, hill-start assist, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and six airbags. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, and rearview parking sensors.

In terms of safety, the 2016 Honda CR-V manages to earn “Good” scores from IIHS in almost all crash tests. When coupled with automatic braking and available forward-collision, the CR-V earns a top safety pick+ status. However, when NHTSA tested the updated CR-V results were less stellar. The vehicle just earned an overall score of four stars. Standard safety features include side-curtain airbags, front-side airbags, and dual-stage front airbags with rollover sensor, multi-angle rearview camera, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution, and Vehicle Stability Assist.

So, which car should you buy? Based on the comparative analysis above, the 2016 Sportage offers more value to buyers than the 2016 CR-V. Visit Allentown Kia to purchase the compact SUV today!

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