2018 Kia Sportage vs Honda HR-V

Affordable small crossovers like the 2018 Kia Sportage and Honda HR-V are road-trip-ready, with roomy cabins and impressive utility. Which is the right choice for your lifestyle? In this comparison guide, we'll help you explore your options.

2018 Kia Sportage vs Honda HR-V

Interior Comfort: 2018 Kia Sportage


As one of the roomiest compact crossovers out there, the Sportage is a great pick for families on the go. If you've got tall genes in your family, fret not - the backseat offers plenty of space for your growing family. Up front, you can settle in to the Sportage's plush, supportive seats and spend hours in comfort. You can even add little luxuries, like soft leather upholstery and seat heating and ventilation, for a truly upscale ride to work.

Because the Honda HR-V technically falls into the subcompact segment (the Sportage is a compact crossover), it's slightly smaller in size. That said, most adult-sized passengers will enjoy enough head and leg room for a comfortable trip. Taller drivers may wish for more seat adjustments and an increase in leg room.


Tech & Infotainment: 2018 Kia Sportage


If you're in it for the infotainment, you'll love the Sportage. Kia's Uvo infotainment system is easy to use, with a crisp touchscreen and easy-to-use voice controls that help you stay connected, even when you're stuck in heavy traffic. This system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which displays your smartphone apps on the touchscreen and lets you use your phone's Siri or Google Assistant voice controls. You can now reroute the navigation system or send text messages without ever picking up your phone - or looking away from traffic.

In the Honda HR-V, you can upgrade to the HondaLink infotainment system. Although you won't find the same Apple CarPlay/Android Auto interface that the Sportage has, the HR-V does include some smartphone apps. You can make hands-free calls, stream Pandora radio stations, and listen to all your favorite podcasts. One of the best things about Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is that you can use your phone's Maps app in lieu of navigation technology. If you want navigation in the HR-V, you're going to have to pay extra.


Safety: 2018 Kia Sportage


In the 2018 Kia Sportage, it's safety first. Every model is loaded with aids, including a rearview camera to help you spot any obstacles in your path. Standard hill-start assist keeps you from rolling backwards at steep stops, even with a cabin stuffed with passengers and cargo. Add the Uvo telematics system and you'll be prepared for whatever problems arise, thanks to features like emergency roadside assistance and stolen vehicle tracking.

The Honda HR-V also comes standard with a rearview camera, which comes in handy in nearly any situation, and it's upgradable to include dynamic guidelines to help you ease into a tight parking spot. The HR-V offers the LaneWatch blind-spot camera, which displays the passenger side blindspot on your central touchscreen when you engage the turn signal. However, you'll find more driver aids, like forward collision mitigation with emergency braking, on the Sportage.


Power & Fuel Economy: 2018 Honda HR-V


Because of its smaller stature, the HR-V saves you the most on gas. Depending on powertrain, this peppy subcompact crossover earns up to 28 city/34 highway mpg. As you zip around corners, you'll also appreciate the HR-V's sporty handling.

The 2018 Kia Sportage blends power with fuel economy, earning up to 23/30 mpg. The Sportage offers a bit more utility than the HR-V, giving you the ability to tow up to 2,000 pounds. If you want to take your fishing boat with you on family road trips, this is the compact crossover for you.


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When it comes down to it, the 2018 Kia Sportage and the Honda HR-V have a lot in common. However, the 2018 Kia Sportage is the crossover we'd drive home. It's got enough passenger space to please a growing family, no matter how long it takes to get to grandmother's house. And, with the Sportage's towing capabilities, you can even bring your favorite toys along for the ride.

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