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Kia Sportage vs. Honda CR-V

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sportage

$450
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda CR-V

$403
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
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.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda CR-V Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $403 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CR-V.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$450
inexpensive
expensive
$403
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.22
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
7%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & 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.
“. 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...”
“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air cond...”
5 star
(9)
4 star
(42)
3 star
(18)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(2)
The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. It was my first honda car bought new. i have chaged shocks only once in 14 years and that was the the...”
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. I...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Sportage and the Honda CR-V are both compact two-row SUVs. They both come standard with front-wheel drive and offer all-wheel drive as an option.

A power comparison between the standard engines in the Kia Sportage and the Honda CR-V comes out very close. The Sportage has 181 standard horsepower, while the CR-V gives you 184 horsepower. But there’s a significant difference in their optional power outputs: The Kia Sportage’s upgraded engine gives you 240 horsepower, a 59-horsepower boost over the standard engine. The Honda CR-V’s optional engine has 190 horsepower, a mere 6-horsepower improvement. That’s a big difference if you value power and performance.

Another big difference, this time in the Honda CR-V’s favor, concerns their cargo capacities. The Kia Sportage’s 60.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded pales in comparison to the Honda CR-V and its huge 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space.  

In this comparison between the Kia Sportage and the Honda CR-V, it’s all about what’s more important to you in a compact SUV: more power under your foot or more space inside the vehicle. The Sportage has the extra performance with its optional engine, while the CR-V fits way more in the back.

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