This compact SUV battle pits the 2021 Kia Sportage against the 2021 Honda CR-V. Here’s how they stack up. 2021 Kia Sportage 2021 Kia Sportage Starting Price: $ 24,090 Above Average: Sporty Handling; powerful turbocharged engine option; beautiful interior; long warranty.
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2021 Honda CR-V Starting Price: $ 26,120 Above Average: Available Hybrid Version; spacious interior; Honda HMC, -0.10% stellar reliability and high resale value. Below Average: Entry-level model lacks basics like Apple AAPL, -0.07% CarPlay; Infotainment is not that easy to use. Consensus: The 2021 Honda CR-V earns accolades for its fuel efficiency, spacious spaces and impressive resale value. The addition of a hybrid model broadens the appeal for those seeking greater fuel economy. Don’t Miss: 3 Reasons To Get More Sleep: Avoid Dementia, Have Good Sex And Become A Better Investor Sportage vs CR-V: Compact Favorites Kia Sportage The Kia Sportage Ranks Between The New Seltos For 2021 And The Bigger Sorento in the Kia SUV -crowded lineup. Compared to its siblings, the Sportage leans a bit, well, sportier, with handling that’s more appealing than the segment norm. The base 2.4-liter engine has perfectly adequate 181 horsepower, but the available 240 turbo horsepower makes it really fast; too bad it’s reserved for the expensive top finish. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front or all-wheel drive. The Sportage’s cabin is attractive, the controls are well laid out, and the 8-inch infotainment system is easy to use. The luggage space, however, is less than that of most rivals. Four trim levels are offered: LX, S, EX and SX Turbo. The LX includes Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist, but with the S model comes Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The EX has a power driver’s seat, heated seats, and a power liftgate. In addition to the engine upgrade, the SX Turbo has a sportier suspension, a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, leather, and more, but it’s a huge price jump of over $ 6,000 over the EX. Honda CR- V The secret to The popularity of the Honda CR-V is that it does almost everything right. A 190-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a well-programmed continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides adequate acceleration and good fuel economy: 30 mpg with front-wheel drive and 29 mpg with AWD (an option on all the models ). Or choose the CR-V Hybrid with standard AWD and 212 horsepower, which returns 38 mpg and, as a bonus, is smoother and more refined. Either version offers a pleasant ride and capable handling. Also on MarketWatch: Is the US Real Estate Market Heading for a Crash? Here’s what the experts say The interior is among the most spacious in the segment, if not the most luxurious. All CR-Vs except the base model have a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, although more buttons and an adjustment knob would be appreciated. Standard driver aids include Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Braking, Lane Keeping, and Adaptive Cruise Control, but Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are not on the base LX. rating. 2021 Kia Sportage Advantages Optional turbocharged engine; sportier handling; more pleasant interior; Longer Warranty. 2021 Available Honda CR-V Hybrid Advantages; better fuel economy; more interior space; reputation for reliability; Resale value Which one is right for me? The 2021 Kia Sportage combines a unique interior with attractive handling. Add the optional turbo engine and 6-speed automatic transmission and you’ve got a spirited little SUV. And then there’s Kia’s 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Read Next: 10 New Cars You Can Get For Less Than $ 300 A Month The 2021 Honda CR-V is a fuel-efficient family hauler with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. If you are looking for a hybrid, CR-V has you covered. This story was originally published on KBB.com.