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2016 Kia Sportage vs. 2016 Subaru Forester

Overview

2016 Sportage

Kia has a knack for producing some of the most outstanding vehicles. The 2016 Kia Sportage is a feather in its cap. The fun and dynamic crossover SUV has something for everyone. Available as both FWD and AWD, it offers turbocharged power without compromising drivability and safety. The relaxing and spacious cabin along with its sporty demeanor makes it a compelling vehicle. Whether you are dropping your kids off to school, or planning to go on an adventurous trip, Sportage proves to be a great companion

2016 Forester

The 2016 Kia Forester is a practical small-size SUV. With spacious interiors and safe drivability, Subaru fares well with its target-market. Ignoring personality and style, it is not afraid to focus on utility. This all-wheel drive may lack the glamour to become the ride of choice for an urban family, however, it does offer secure driving experience in tricky weather conditions. This practical and sensible family crossover offers an efficient riding experience.

Performance

The 2016 Kia Sportage performs with power and vigor. Two highly exciting engine options are available that run this sporty vehicle efficiently. The LX and EX models get an economical 2.4-liter engine. The engine generates 182-hp with 177lb-ft of torque. This inline-4 engine uses 6-speed automatic transmission and uses fuel cautiously. The FWD version is able to give an economy of 28MPG on a highway. . The highly robust 2.0-liter V-6, turbocharged engine skyrockets with 260-hp. No other vehicle in the same class manages to match Sportage’s power.

The 2016 Subaru Forester also comes with two different engines. The base engine is the non-turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can produce 170-hp. It lags behind the power of Sportage’s base engine. Forester offers a decent turbocharged engine. Although not as powerful as its counterpart in Sportage, the engine manages to impress with 250-hp. The naturally aspirated engine offers both manual as well as CVT automatic transmission while the turbocharged engine offers only the CVT. The SI-Drive can virtually mimic six or eight gears.

Interior

Sportage is known for its substance and pizzazz. While the overall look of the SUV is bold, the interior space feels very serene and elegant. The design team at Kia has managed to utilize every inch of the limited space to provide the utmost luxury and opulence.  The interior is refined with clean lines and soft edges. Roomy seats with the available leather upholstery elevate the feel of elegance. The driving controls are simple and smart. The front seats are ventilated and heated, while the foldable back seats offer plenty of head and legroom. The available sunroof adds to the cavernous ambience.

The interior of Forester is simple and clean. The front seas as well as the back seats are generally comfortable. The controls are logical and Subaru has tried to make the cabin feel much more luxurious with the usage of soft-touch materials. However, these fine materials may feel sticky, and are hard to maintain and clean. The lower seat cushions on the front seats are short, making the passengers uncomfortable especially on a long trip. Noise suppression is a plus point, while the cargo space is also impressive.

Exterior

Sportage, as the name suggests, is a sporty vehicle. The bold stance, 18-inch alloy wheels and unapologetically cool frame are a testament to its urban soul. With high beltline and seven inches of ground clearance, the 2016 Kia Sportage is a cool family ride. It has a strong and rugged body, with clean lines and audacious contours. Big and bright headlights enhance the distinct front fascia. Sportage has a well-sculpted and strong body that is hard to miss among its competitors.

The 2016 Subaru Forester is a tall and boxy crossover that focuses on providing optimal visibility. The large windshield and ample side windows combined with a high driver’s seat make you drive this SUV with safety. The sculpted sides and raised taillights attempt to give this otherwise rather banal crossover, a dash or flair. The available 18-inch wheels and roof racks give Forester a more practical and powerful presence.

Features

Sportage focuses on power and style. However, it does not neglect comfort one bit. The cavernous cabin is filled with modern features and practical amenities. Even if you buy the most cost-efficient base models, you are guaranteed to get a deluxe experience. Bluetooth, USB connectivity, Power windows and locks, an active Eco System, as well as a tilt and telescoping steering wheel make Sportage worth your money. The SX trim offers UVO infotainment system that lets you navigate and control your smart phone efficiently. A panoramic sunroof enhances glamour.

When it comes to useful amenities, the 2016 Subaru Forester is not too shabby either. Bluetooth hands free, rear view camera, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a 6.2-inch touch screen are standard in all the models. The premium models of the SUV add reclining rear seats, a panoramic moon-roof, automatic climate control and power lift gate. Key less access and heated seats add to the comfort as well as utility. Voice-activated navigation and Drivers Assist help drive with ease. The features are plenty but you do have to pay extra to buy the deluxe feature-rich models.

Safety

The 2016 Sportage offers power with exceptional controls and traction. The crossover is packed with the essential safety features, ensuring a worry-free travel. Hill-start Assist and Downhill Assist help with the controls while the Electronic Stability Control reduces the loss of traction. The available Rear Parking Sensors and Rearview Camera are easy to monitor with the amazing UVO eServices. Both the FWD and AWD receive five stars from the federal officials in frontal and side crash tests. High quality front and side airbags guarantee safety.

The 2016 Subaru Forester offers great safety. Rear view Camera is a standard in all models. The Eye Sight system helps spotting road hazards. The Hill descent control allows controlled driving on slopes. Cruise control is also available that helps the driver be more efficient. The focus on outward visibility means the driver is able to see the road and the vehicles around him clearly, consequently is able to drive with more confidence. Forester manages to get the highest safety ratings from both IIHS as well as the NHSTA.

Both Sportage and Forester are safe and economical crossovers, however, the 2016 Kia Sportage manages to outpace Forester in terms of power and luxury. If you are planning to buy Sportage, come right by to Allentown Kia and leverage great deals.

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