2018 Kia Sportage Vs 2018 Honda CR-V

Ready to buy a new compact crossover? The 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Honda CR-V are at the top of their segment, but if you're only going to take home one, you'll need to know the major Sportage and CR-V differences to decide which is better. Our experts have compiled this review to help you learn everything you need to know. If you have questions, don't hesitate to call (866) 825-9532, and you'll be connected to a product specialist at our dealership near Nixa, MO.

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Honda CR-V: Engine Specs

There are two engine options for both the Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V: one standard four-cylinder engine, and a turbocharged four-cylinder. However, only the base model of the Honda CR-V uses the standard engine, while all others use the turbocharged engine. For the sake of this review, we compared the turbocharged engines in both models. Of the two, the Kia Sportage is more powerful.

2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Honda CR-V

2.0L Turbo I4


1.5L Turbo I4

240 HP


190 HP

260 lb.-ft.


179 lb.-ft.

2,000 lbs.

Tow Rating

1,500 lbs.

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Honda CR-V: Interior & Exterior

Both the Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V come with the type of features you'd expect from a new SUV, like power-adjustable front seats and optional leather upholstery. However, the Kia Sportage is far more comfortable and better equipped than the Honda CR-V.

  • Only the Kia Sportage is available with a panoramic sunroof.
  • Roof rails are available or standard on every trim package of the Kia Sportage, but only on the upper-most trim of the CR-V.
  • The Kia Sportage is available with dual-zone automatic temperature control and rear seat vents in the base trim, while the Honda CR-V is not.
  • The Kia Sportage has additional storage space under the floor of the rear cargo area.
  • Although both models are available with heated front seats, the Sportage is also available with a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats while the CR-V is not.
Sportage Interior with snowboard

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Honda CR-V: Technology

Technology in cars generally falls into categories: entertainment and safety. In either case, the Kia Sportage works harder to give drivers the features they want for a more affordable price.

  • The Kia Sportage is available with an 8-in. touchscreen, larger even than the one in the top tier trim package of the Honda CR-V.
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are available even in the base trim level of the Kia Sportage but not so for the Honda CR-V.
  • Only the Kia Sportage is available with a Harman/Kardon® premium surround sound system.
  • Even the base model of the Kia Sportage can be equipped with advanced driver assistance technology, including a blind spot monitor, autonomous emergency braking, and lane departure warning. You'll need a higher trim package to get them in the Honda CR-V.
Sportage Technology display

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Honda CR-V: Warranty and Reliability

If you are the type of person who, when buying a car, intends to drive it for as long as possible, you need a vehicle with great reliability. If you are the type of person who likes to trade in their car for something new every few years, you need a vehicle that retains its value well. In both cases, the new Kia Sportage is a better option than the Honda CR-V. Just check out the table below to see how.

2018 Kia Sportage LX


2018 Honda CR-V LX


New Car Warranty



Powertrain Warranty



Roadside Assistance



Estimated Repair Costs After 5 Years*



Estimated Depreciation after 5 Years*


*According to experts at Edmunds.com

Test Drive a New Kia Sportage near Nixa, MO

It's easy to see that there's a lot more to love about the new Kia Sportage than the Honda CR-V. On top of that, it's still the more affordable option! A new 2018 Kia Sportage starts at $23,600 MSRP while a new CR-V starts at $24,250 MSRP. If you are interested in the Sportage, visit our trim package overview to decide which trim you want, and make sure to visit our incentives page to learn what deals are available now!

Sportage Lifestyle shot

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