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2017 Kia Sportage vs Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Kia Sportage vs Toyota RAV4

Not long ago, buyers didn't have a lot of choice in the compact crossover SUV market--that's not the case now. Automakers are definitely learning, and the newest models are often the most impressive and best performing in the class. Two of the more recent additions are the 2017 Kia Sportage and the Nissan Rogue Sport--but which would be better for you? See how they measure up to each other in our head-to-head comparison.

2017 Kia Sportage vs Nissan Rogue Sport

Style

The 2017 Kia Sportage was boldly redesigned just last year, even though the Sportage is considered one of the best-looking models in the segment. The current look is more modern and more aggressive than its predecessor, which may or may not be what buyers are looking for. You'll likely either deeply love or really hate the look of the 2017 Kia Sportage.

The Rogue Sport looks like a slightly shrunken Rogue, and leans heavily on the design of the European hit, the Qashqai. However, despite the newness of the Rogue Sport to America, the borrowed exterior design is actually a bit old and stale. We're giving this one to the cutting edge look of the Sportage.

Features

Kia believes in providing excellent value to buyers by delivering a ton of features at a great price--and the 2017 Kia Sportage definitely follows this company mantra. You'll only find three trim levels of the Sportage (LX, EX and SX), but even the base-level LX comes with standard air conditioning, remote keyless entry, touchscreen audio with six speakers, satellite radio, a rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free calling and streaming audio and more. It's honestly hard to beat that level of "base" features in another model.

The Rogue Sport is also available in three trim levels, the S, SV and the SL models. However, you only have to look at the fact that the Rogue Sport S gets steel wheels while the Kia's base model comes with 17-inch alloys to know you're not getting as much bang for the buck with the Nissan. This round goes to the Sportage.

Interior Comfort and Space

The Sportage is towards the larger side of the compact crossover spectrum, which certainly pays off in terms of interior space for passengers and cargo. There's 98.6 cu.-ft. of passenger volume available, which is most obvious in the rear seats where legroom is a generous 38.2 inches.

Although the Nissan is a little smaller, it does boast a few interior measurements that are slightly more generous than the Kia. There's more leg room in the front and more head room in the rear, but with a total passenger volume of 96 cu.-ft., the Nissan still falls short of the Kia Sportage.

Fuel Economy

You can get EPA-estimated fuel-economy ratings as good as 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined with the Sportage, but that's a front-drive model with the 2.4-liter non-turbo engine. A 2.0-liter turbo SX model with all-wheel drive drops those numbers to just 20/23/21 mpg.

Front-drive versions of the Nissan Rogue Sport are rated at 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. Adding all-wheel drive doesn't drop those numbers much, still earning 24/30/27 mpg. In this category, the Nissan Rogue Sport wins.

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We have no doubt that the Nissan Rogue Sport will be popular, perhaps as popular as its European equivalent has been. But in comparison, the 2017 Kia Sportage is just a better buy. More aggressive styling takes a risk, interior space is bigger (and more comfortable), and the standard features emphasize value. Overall, the Kia Sportage outpaces the Nissan Rogue Sport.