Kia Sportage vs. Competitors for Sale in West Springfield, MA

If you’re interested in the highly popular crossover segment, take a close look at the 2020 Kia Sportage. With its unbeatable warranty coverage, athletic look, and fine list of standard features, it offers plenty to be excited about. While it’s back for the new model year with a variety of enticing attributes, the Sportage still has to make itself stand out amidst a competitive segment of highly praised rivals like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Volkswagen Tiguan, Subaru Forester, and Ford Escape. Let’s delve in to what some of its advantages are.

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Price and Warranty

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle in this segment will be easier on your wallet if you opt for the Sportage. Since its starting MSRP is listed at $23,990, it beats out the Forester’s ($24,495), Tiguan’s ($24,945), CR-V’s ($25,050), and RAV4’s ($25,850) prices right out of the gate. While the Rogue’s base price is a couple hundred dollars less than the Sportage’s, this minimal difference is outshined by the other ways in which the Kia product outdoes the Nissan (keep reading for those details).

The Sportage offers that aforementioned stellar warranty coverage: a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire vehicle and includes 24-hour roadside assistance, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. With each of the other models, basic warranty coverage ends after 3 years or 36,000 miles and powertrain coverage runs out at 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Power Equipment and Reliability

The SX Turbo trim of the Sportage shows attention-getting power with its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drivetrain yielding 240 horses and 260 pounds-feet of torque. In contrast, the CR-V (190 hp and 179 lb.-ft. of torque), RAV4 (203 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque), Rogue (170 hp and 175 lb.-ft. of torque), Tiguan (184 hp and 221 lb.-ft. of torque), and Forester (182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque) don’t offer an engine upgrade beyond the base, and they’re all less robust. While the Escape makes a little more maximum power at 250 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, the difference isn’t all that substantial considering the other areas that the Ford falls short in compared to the Kia.

Adding to the Sportage’s appeal is its base infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. These features are not available with the base Pilot and Escape, and although the remaining vehicles get standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, they have smaller standard screens. Furthermore, those vehicles don’t offer heated front seats on their base models (except for the Rogue). The Sportage even gets a driver attention warning system with its base trim, while none of its rivals do.

As a final note, in 2019 the Sportage ranked highest in the small SUV segment to earn an Initial Quality award with J.D. Power and Associates. Also, J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles shows that Kia is more reliable than Ford, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, and Volkswagen. The 2020 Kia Sportage should be similarly well received.

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