2020 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Honda CR-V

2020 Kia Sportage Warrington PA

Kia promotes the 2020 Sportage as an award-winning CUV with a can-do attitude, dynamic styling, and its fun-to-drive. We think it’s a stylish compact crossover that is less expensive than many of its competitors. What makes the Sportage stand out is its robust line of optional features, including a powerful turbocharged engine for those who what respectable acceleration. These standard options are perfect for our Gateway Kia Warrington PA shoppers.

Going head-to-head with our Sportage is the 2019 Honda CR-V. Honda promotes its 2019 CR-V as a blend of functionality with pure driving bliss. Honda says it took the CR-V’s sporty look and personality, then jam-packed it with innovative technology and features. The trim level we used is the EX, which has an engine more powerful and fuel-efficient than in previous years, and there are many extra features at a reasonable price.

As we’ve done in the past, let’s look at these competing models by starting off with options Kia improved upon.

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

Sportage comes standard with a 10-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated driver’s seat with power lumbar support. So, drivers of all shapes and sizes are covered. For additional comfort in the winter, it even has a heated steering wheel. The CR-V has a power driver's seat (EX models and up) but only provides 8-way adjustment and four-way lumbar. You may not hear complaints about being uncomfortable during long trips, but the additional positioning featured in the Sportage cannot be matched.

2020 Kia Sportage


2019 Honda CR-V

20 / 23 / 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

The 2020 Kia Sportage has a cargo area measuring 30.7 cubic feet with the second-row seats in their upright positions. With the seats folded down, that measurement jumps to 60.1 cubic feet. The Honda CR-V has a larger area measuring 39.2 cubic feet, and 75.8 with the second-row seats folded down. We find this to be the only area where Kia needs work.

Under the hood, the Sportage offers a 2.4L GDI DOHC 4-cylinder engine with 181 hp (LX, S, and EX), and the smaller 2.0L GDI DOHC 4-cylinder turbocharged engine has 240 hp (FWD). Horsepower of the all-wheel-drive version drops slightly to 237 hp (AWD, SX Turbo). Compared to the CR-V, it offers engine sizes, the 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder with turbocharger delivers 190 hp (EX, EX-L, Touring), and the same sized engine without a turbocharger delivers 184 hp.

EPA estimates for the 2020 Kia Sportage could use some help. Our trim 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. The smaller Honda engine is more economical on fuel, but lower horsepower does not equal fun.

Our review shows the 2020 Kia Sportage has excellent performance, luxurious comfort, and advanced technologies not offered in the Honda CR-V. Although the Sportage is light in areas of cargo space and fuel economy, the overall driving experience far exceeds that of the CR-V.

If you're searching for Kia dealers in PA and live close to Gateway Kia Warrington 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.


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

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