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2017 Kia Sportage vs Honda CR-V

2017 Kia Sportage vs Honda CR-V

For style and versatility on wheels, explore the small crossover SUV segment - namely, the 2017 Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V. These models might come in a small package, but they're bursting with tech and comfort features. Before you hit the dealership, check out our comparison guide. We'll help you decide which crossover is right for you.

2017 Kia Sportage vs Honda CR-V

Interior Comfort & Style

Both models have been redesigned for 2017, but the Sportage comes out on top with its high-quality materials and driver-friendly dash layout. In this segment, it's tough to find more passenger space. And, with details like the independently tilting bottom cushions, you'll also discover outstanding comfort.

In the Honda CR-V, you'll also discover excellent passenger space. With this new model, you're getting even more rear legroom than before. Although it doesn't feel quite as upscale as the more affordably priced Sportage, the CR-V is certainly comfortable.

Technology

The Sportage is all set to keep you connected. Every model comes with Bluetooth, which means endless streaming capabilities and the ability to call home completely hands-free. When you add the Uvo infotainment system to your setup, you're getting a crisp, color touchscreen and sophisticated voice controls to cut down on driver distraction. Uvo also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which display smartphone apps like Maps and Messages directly on your central touchscreen. With this technology, there's no need to pay extra for Kia's navigation system; you can just use your phone's navigation features.

On the upside, the Honda CR-V also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can keep up with your social circle without ever picking up your phone. However, the finicky touchscreen can take the wind out of your sails. There are plenty of things worse than an infotainment system that takes too long to respond to your touch, but it's hard to think of any when you're dealing with one.

Fuel Economy

Here, the Honda CR-V steps out in front. When you spring for the upgraded turbocharged engine, you can earn up to 28 city/34 highway mpg. And, when you add all-wheel drive to your CR-V, you'll experience increased athleticism and safety.

The 2017 Kia Sportage impresses with its smooth ride - you'll glide right over bumps in the road. At highway speeds, the cabin remains as silent as any luxury sedan. The Sportage is also pretty good with fuel economy, earning up to 23/30 mpg. And, as with the CR-V, you can add all-wheel drive for increased traction on winding or wet roads.

Safety

With excellent crash-test scores and a bevy of driver aids, the Sportage ekes out another win. In government crash tests, the Sportage earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. And, with the Uvo telematics system, features like roadside assistance and stolen vehicle tracking help you prepare for just about anything. Driver aids, including forward collision mitigation, are available to help you avoid nearby danger.

The Honda CR-V also landed a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. We really just have one complaint in this department: Honda's driver aids can be too quick to react, alerting you to danger where none exists.

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2017 Kia Sportage vs Honda CR-V

When everything's said and done, the 2017 Kia Sportage has a definite edge in this comparison. We absolutely love its redesigned cabin, which is big on space and long-term comfort. You can even add plenty of luxury features, including heated and cooled front seats. The Sportage's smartphone-friendly features help you stay connected, but safely, without taking your eyes from the road. High-tech driver aids provide an extra layer of protection, warning you of potential problems to help you avoid an accident. Finally, the Sportage is every bit as athletic as it is spacious, combining a sporty ride with impressive fuel economy. In this head-to-head, the Sportage edges out its Honda competition.