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If you’re in the market for a compact 5-seater crossover you probably already have the Honda CR-V on your list to check out. As a top selling vehicle in the category for years alongside the Toyota RAV4 it’s no stranger to the limelight.

But industry experts are turning their attention to a new car in town. A brand that is surprising everyone by winning awards, scooping up accolades, and taking the market by storm.

It’s Kia. One of the top award recipients for JD Power for the past 6 years, winning Highest Quality awards for their line-up year after year after year.

The Kia Sportage has dominated the competition since 2013, beating out rivals for the Highest Quality Award in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.

But don’t take our word for it. Let’s compare these two models side by side and let the figures do the talking.

2020 Kia Sportage Highlights:

  • Kia is one of JD Power’s winningest car brands for 2019 and has consistently been at the top since 2012.
  • Won the 2019 JD Power Highest Quality Small SUV Award (also recipient in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013).
  • Earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Kia boasts a best-in-class warranty that is lightyears – and calendar years – ahead of the competition. It features a Basic 5-Year or 100,000 km, a Drivetrain 5-Year or 100,000 km, a Corrosion 5-Year/Unlimited km, and a Roadside Assistance 5-Year/Unlimited km. Starts at $25,795

2020 Honda CR-V Highlights:

  • Earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick for 2019 (Honda says the refreshed model should qualify again for 2020, but that testing has not yet been completed).
  • Starts at $28,690

Since the Kia Sportage starts at $2,895 less than the Honda CR-V base model, we have chosen to compare two similar-priced models: the Honda CR-V LX AWD and the Kia Sportage EX AWD. Both models are comparably priced at just over $31K.

The Honda CR-V LX AWD and the Kia Sportage EX AWD both feature All-Wheel Drive, Apple Play / Android Auto / Bluetooth, heated front seats, rear-view camera, cruise control, and a smart key. Plus, they’re both packed with safety features such as hill descent assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keep assist, and an electronic parking brake.

The CR-V also has a remote engine start, adaptive cruise control (the Sportage has standard cruise control), the HondaLink™ Assist Automatic Emergency Response System, an ECON mode button, and Idle-stop.

However, the Sportage zips ahead of the competition. It features:

  • a powerful 6-speed auto transmission
  • 18” Alloy wheels (the CR-V has 18”)
  • 8” Audio Display (the CR-V has a smaller display)
  • 6 speakers, wireless phone charger
  • 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat + 2-way lumbar adjust
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Fog lights
  • Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
  • Heated sideview mirrors

Add to that the best warranty in its class, and you have a winning combination of value, safety, and all the features you’re looking for. But don’t take our word for it. Check out what JD Power says here.

There’s no need to look beyond the all-weather year-round practicality that you’ll find in a small SUV, but the perks of this compact and peppy style are endless. A high seating position makes for an easy step-in height and a commanding view of the road. A smaller design compared to the larger SUV and crossover counterparts makes driving, parking, and maneuverability a breeze. Add in ample cargo space and ground clearance and you have a winning combination.

Plus, they’re just a pleasure to drive.

Book your test drive today, here. Check out our Sportage in-stock inventory here.