2018 Kia Sportage Vs 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Are you trying to decide which new compact SUV to buy? The 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Chevy Equinox are two popular choices in the Nixa, MO area, but one is far superior to the other. To learn which SUV comes out on top, read through our comprehensive comparison below. Have questions? Call (866) 825-9532, and you'll be connected to an SUV expert at our dealership serving Nixa, MO.

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Engine Specs

The Kia Sportage has two engine options, and the Chevy Equinox has three. The most popular Sportage engine option at our dealership is the 2.4L I4, so we've compared it to the equivalent Chevy Equinox engine in the table below. As you can see, the Kia Sportage is more powerful, and despite the Equinox generating more torque, the Sportage is still a better option if you ever want to tow.

2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2.4L I4


1.5L Turbo I4

181 HP


170 HP

175 lb.-ft.


203 lb.-ft.

2,000 lbs.

Tow Rating

1,500 lbs.

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Interior & Exterior

Most new SUVs are available with premium features like leather upholstery, panoramic sunroofs and power liftgates. The Kia Sportage and Chevy Equinox have all three! However, there are several other features available in the Kia Sportage that makes it the more attractive choice.

  • All Sportage models are available with roof rails, but not all Equinox models are.
  • The Smart Welcome system on the Kia Sportage automatically unfolds the outside mirrors and illuminates the door handles as you approach holding the key. The Equinox does not have an equivalent feature.
  • All Sportage models are available with dual-zone climate control, but not all Equinox models are.
  • In addition to having more rear cargo space than the Chevy Equinox, the Kia Sportage also has a storage compartment under the rear floor.
  • Climate-controlled front seats and a heated steering wheel are available on the mid-level Sportage trim and standard on the top level trim, but not available on mid-level Equinox trims, and optional-only on the top level trim.
Sportage Interior with snowboard

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Technology

Whether you are looking for tech features to keep you entertained on long trips, keep an extra eye on the road for you, or just to make your daily life more convenient, you will be more satisfied by what the Kia Sportage has to offer than the Chevrolet Equinox.

  • All Kia Sportage models are available with blind spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert, but not all Chevy Equinox models are.
  • All Kia Sportage models are available with autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, but not all Chevy Equinox models are.
  • Kia UVO infotainment includes eServices including emergency calling, parking meter reminder, and more.
  • SiriusXM® is a standard feature on the Sportage, but not on the Equinox.
  • Only the Kia Sportage is available with a Harman/Kardon® premium surround sound system with Clari-Fi™ restoration technology.
Sportage Technology display

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Warranty and Reliability

The Kia Sportage is perfect for anyone who is searching for a car they can drive for many years. Its warranty is unbeatable, and it's far more reliable than the Chevy Equinox. On top of that, the Sportage also holds onto its value longer.

2018 Kia Sportage LX


2018 Chevrolet Equinox L


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Powertrain Warranty



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Estimated Repair Costs After 5 Years*



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*According to experts at Edmunds.com

Test Drive a New Kia Sportage near Nixa, MO

Between its longer list of equipment and better overall value, it's clear that the Kia Sportage is the winner! It's also the more affordable option, since it starts at $23,600 MSRP while a new Equinox starts at $23,995 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 finance and lease offers are available now!

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