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Kia Sportage vs. Chevrolet Equinox

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage
$450
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox
$495
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Kia Sportage Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $450 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Sportage.

Above Average

The Chevrolet Equinox Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $495 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$450
inexpensive
very expensive
$495
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.2
not often
way too often
0.4
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
minor issues
major issues
15%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(40 Reviews)
(37 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(3)
4 star
(21)
3 star
(8)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(0)

The Kia Sportage ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air conditioned compressor had to get a new one at not even 60000 miles . i go no where with this car please...”

Rating Details
5 star
(3)
4 star
(15)
3 star
(13)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(1)

The Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop constantly for engine problems after 10,000 miles...had to have the engine replaced at 50,000. Also h...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Sportage and the Chevrolet Equinox are both in the compact two-row SUV category. Both the Sportage and the Equinox come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

In terms of engine power, the Kia Sportage and Chevrolet Equinox show some similarities, along with one major difference. In standard engines, the Sportage provides 181 horsepower, and the Equinox has 170 horsepower. For an engine upgrade, the Sportage has 240 horsepower, while the Equinox gives you 252 horsepower. These power ratings are pretty close — but the Equinox also offers a diesel engine option, which can be excellent for towing, as well as all-around fuel economy.

The Sportage has 60.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded down, and the Equinox has a total of 63.5 cubic feet behind the front row. Not much difference between them here.

If you’re deciding between these two, get a closer look at each. The Kia Sportage has the advantage of Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, but the Chevy Equinox offers the diesel engine option, something very rare in this class of vehicle.


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