2020 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Honda CR-V

2020 Kia Sportage Quakertown PA

Kia sells the 2020 Sportage as its lead award-winning CUV. The Sportage has power, dynamic styling, and it’s able to accomplish many tough tasks. We agree! The added benefit is that the stylish compact crossover is less expensive than most of its rivals. What makes the Sportage so attractive is its long list of advanced tech features and its strong turbocharged engine. That’s for those Quakertown PA shoppers wanting enhanced acceleration in a CUV.

Standing next to our Sportage is the 2019 Honda CR-V EX. Honda sells its 2019 CR-V as a combination of functionality and driving pleasure. According to Honda engineers, they took the CR-V’s sportiness and character, then loaded it with technology and options. Honda offers four trim levels, and we chose the EX. The four trims have more power and fuel-efficiency than prior years, and Honda included many additional features for a moderate price.

Before we move on, below are a few of the features Kia advanced.

Increased Performance

  • The 2.0L Turbo in the Sportage SX Turbo delivers considerably more horsepower and torque compared to the 1.5L engine in CR-V (FWD: 240 hp vs. 190 hp and 260 lb.-ft. vs. 179 lb.-ft.)
  • The Sportage offers sport-tuned suspension on the SX Turbo, unavailable on the CR-V; sport-tuned means unique tuning (versus stock) that provides a more responsive driving feel.

Increased Style

  • Sportage offers LED front fog lights (standard on SX Turbo and available on S), this is not an option on the Honda CR-V
  • LED tail lights are available on Sportage S and standard on SX Turbo, this is not an option on the Honda CR-V.

Available Luxury

  • Sportage owners can choose to stay cool and comfortable in the warm summer months with ventilated seats for the driver and front passenger. Ventilated seats are unavailable on the 2019 CR-V at any trim level
  • The heated steering wheel is available on the EX and standard on the SX Turbo; it is now an accessory on all 2019 CR-V models.

Infotainment Telematics System

  • Every Sportage trim comes standard with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist-Ped* (FCA-Ped), Lane Keeping Assist* (LKA), Lane Departure Warning* (LDW), Driver Attention Warning* (DAW), and High Beam Assist* (HBA); these technologies are not available on the CR-V LX trim
  • Sportage offers Parking Distance Warning – Forward* (PDW-F) and Parking Distance Warning – Reverse* (PDW-R); these are not available with the Honda CR-V

Like most of Kia’s vehicles, driver comfort is a primary concern. To meet that concern, Kia installed a 10-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated driver’s seat with power lumbar support as a standard Sportage option. So, drivers of all shapes and sizes may sit in comfort. For added comfort in the cold weather, the Sportage comes with a heated steering wheel. The CR-V also comes with a power driver's seat (EX models and up), but only 8-way adjustment and four-way lumbar support. Critics say you won’t hear complaints about being uncomfortable on long trips, but Kia’s additional positioning in the Sportage is unmatched.

2020 Kia Sportage


2019 Honda CR-V

19 / 24 / 21 MPG (city, highway, combined) 27 / 33 / 29
2.0L Inline 4 Engine 1.5L Inline 4
237 hp @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower 190 hp @ 5600 rpm
All-wheel drive Drive Type All-wheel drive
5 Seating Capacity 5
30.7 Cargo Capacity (cubic feet) 39.2

We must admit the 2020 Kia Sportage has a less than impressive cargo space, with the second-row seats in the upright position that space measures in at 30.7 cubic feet. However, with the seats folded down, that same space jumps to 60.1 cubic feet. The Honda CR-V has a larger cargo area measuring 39.2 cubic feet, and 75.8 with the second-row seats folded down. We think cargo area is a deal breaker for drivers interested in a CUV, and Kia should expand on this space in future releases.

One of the Sportage’s stronger options is under the hood. Here, the Sportage offers either a 2.4L GDI DOHC 4-cylinder engine with 181 hp (LX, S, and EX) or the smaller 2.0L GDI DOHC 4-cylinder turbocharged engine at 240 hp (FWD). Horsepower of the all-wheel-drive version drops slightly to 237 hp (AWD, SX Turbo). Contrasted with the CR-V, Honda offers one engine size, the 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder with turbocharger delivers 190 hp (EX, EX-L, Touring). That same sized engine without a turbocharger delivers 184 hp.

EPA estimates for the 2020 Kia Sportage need to be improved. Our trim with all-wheel-drive averaged 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. The Honda CR-V estimates are higher at 31 mpg city, 36 highway, and 33 combined. Honda’s base engine is more economical, but less horsepower is not attractive to drivers seeking fun.

2020 Kia Sportage

2019 Honda CR-V

SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)



Great acceleration and fun to drive

High fuel economy estimates

Ventilated seats

Roomy interior and large cargo capacity for its class

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Generous and well-considered storage areas





Low fuel economy for the turbocharged engine

The touchscreen is cumbersome and no separate tuning knob

Cargo room is average for its class

The base engine on the LX trim is less than desirable

Drivers looking to purchase a fully versatile CUV are found in the 2020 Kia Sportage. It has excellent performance, luxurious comfort, and advanced technologies not offered in the Honda CR-V. In spite of the Sportage’s cargo space and fuel economy, the driving experience surpasses the CR-V.

If you're searching for Kia dealers in PA and live close to Gateway Kia Quakertown near Philadelphia, call us and schedule a test drive with one of our sales associates. They’ll be happy to answer all your questions and help you find a Kia vehicle that best fits for your needs.


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