2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Kia Sportage

2019 Honda CR-V

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2020 Honda CR-V

Almost every SUV driver will pit Kia vs. Honda at one point or another, and if it’s the compact segment that interests you most, you’ve got to compare the 2020 Kia Sportage vs. Honda CR-V! Here’s what the Leland region’s drivers should know right off the bat:

  • The Sportage starts with a lower price than the Honda CR-V, but offers a stronger warranty.
  • The Kia Sportage can tow slightly more than the Honda CR-V, and it offers an engine upgrade that puts the CR-V to shame.
  • Despite its lower cost, the Kia Sportage offers more standard features and options than its rival.

So, which is better? Honda CR-V or Kia Sportage? Once you’ve taken an in-depth look at both models, we think you’ll agree that the Sportage offers more of what you desire.

New Kia Sportage Inventory Value Your Trade

2020 Kia Sportage


2020 Honda CR-V

$23,990 MSRP


$25,050 MSRP
2.4-liter Inline-4


1.5-liter turbocharged
2,000 pounds

Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds
129.3 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

102.9 cubic feet
Available Dynamax™ all-wheel drive


Available all-wheel drive
5-year/60,000-mile limited basic coverage


3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty

Kia vs. Honda: Value, Warranty, and Reliability

  • Kia vs. Honda Pricing: The newer 2020 Sportage starts at just $23,990 MSRP. The 2020 CR-V starts at $25,050 MSRP, giving the Kia a small-but-significant advantage.
  • Kia vs. Honda Reliability: The 2020 Honda CR-V has not received a J.D. Power reliability score. However, the Kia Sportage earned a score of 4 out of 5 from the same agency.
  • Kia vs. Honda Warranty: Kia provides 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic coverage, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain coverage, and a 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan. Honda only offers 3-year/36,000-mile limited basic coverage, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage and a 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance plan.

The Bottom Line: If you want more for less in a vehicle that will stand the test of time, you’ve got to go with the 2020 Sportage.

Kia Sportage vs. Honda CR-V: Performance

The Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V start with similar engines, but if you’re considering upgrades, you should know that the Sportage offers a much more potent option:

  • Kia Sportage Engine Upgrade – 237 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque
  • Honda CR-V Engine Upgrade – 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. of torque

Both models have front-wheel drive as standard, and offer all-wheel drive as an upgrade. However, a properly-equipped Sportage can tow a little more than a Honda CR-V:

  • Kia Sportage Towing Capacity – 1,653 pounds
  • Honda CR-V Towing Capacity – 1,500 pounds

This may not seem like a huge difference, but when you’re headed out past Carolina Beach or Jacksonville with your favorite pop-up trailer or small boat, every little bit counts!

Kia vs. Honda: Standard Features

We already pointed out that the Kia Sportage gives drivers more standard features and options for a lower starting price. What exactly should you expect to find in each model’s base trim?

  • The Sportage offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto® as standard. To get either in the CR-V, you’ll have to pay thousands more for a trim upgrade.
  • The CR-V only comes standard with a 5-inch LCD display. In the Sportage, you’ll get an 8-inch touchscreen in the base trim.
  • The Sportage also starts with six speakers, compared to just four in the CR-V. Additionally, drivers who upgrade the Sportage can access a premium Harman/Kardon® audio system.

Take Your New Kia Sportage for a Test Drive!

If you like what you’ve seen in this Kia Sportage vs. Honda CR-V matchup, as well as our Sportage vs. Hyundai Tucson matchup, you’ll love how you feel behind the wheel of a new Kia Sportage. Check out our Sportage inventory, browse current special offers, and schedule your test drive today!

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