Looking for a new ride around Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oak, and Simi Valley, CA? Maybe you need something that offers tons of space and overall versatility. If so, two options that would prove to be great fits on the local roadways are the Kia Sportage and the Honda CR-V.
See how the two compare in this 2023 Kia Sportage vs. Honda CR-V review from our team here at Kirby Kia. Let us know if you have any questions along the way!
Of course, the capability of these two SUVs will play an important role in the type of experience you can expect behind the wheel. Which model will give you the most engaging ride and superior towing power? Let’s find out!
Both models come standard with Front-Wheel Drive. If you’re really looking to get out there, though, opt for their available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) systems. The Active All-Wheel Drive available with the Sportage has a leg up on the Real Time AWD available with the CR-V thanks to its Center Locking Differential. This locks in equal power output to all four wheels for optimal all-terrain performance.
These vehicles also offer selectable drive modes so you can dial in their performance to match the conditions. The CR-V only offers three selectable modes, while the four multi-terrain drive modes of the Sportage include:
Both the Sportage and the CR-V offer similar 4-cylinder engines. Thanks to a more robust engine in the Kia Sportage, it’s capable of towing up to 2,500 pounds. That far outpaces the CR-V, which can only manage 1,500 pounds of trailer weight.
The interior of your next ride is just as important as its capable performance. Your passengers might even argue that it’s more important. When you’re ready for comfortable seats and high-tech features, both the Kia Sportage and the Honda CR-V exceed expectations.
Moving inside the cabin of the Sportage and the CR-V, you’ll find both models offer a comfortable seating experience with the room needed to easily seat five.
Aside from space, though, some of the other features and amenities incorporated into each ride’s interior will play an important role in your overall comfort. In fact, they both offer a 10-way power driver's seat, so you can really dial in the support.
Looking at multimedia, you'll find both the Sportage and the CR-V come with impressive systems. Both SUVs come standard with a bevy of connective features to help keep you in touch with the world around you. They include:
- Apple CarPlay®
- Android Auto™
- SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
The Sportage separates itself from the competition with its larger 12.3-inch touchscreen. It will give you a much better view than the 9-inch touchscreen available with the CR-V.
In addition to peppy engine output, you also need a sports utility roadster built for action. Both the 2023 Kia Sportage and the Honda CR-V are on the smaller side, and they still pack a big punch.
While both models are compact, they have different measurements that will make one easier to maneuver than the other. In the following dimensions, you can see clear differences when it comes to how these rides are crafted:
|Length: 183.5 inches
|Length: 184.8 inches
|Width: 73.4 inches
|Width: 73.5 inches
|Height: 65.4 inches
|Height: 66.2 inches
|Wheelbase: 108.5 inches
|Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
When it comes to your next daily driver, a smaller ride could come in handy. The Sportage, for example, enables you to weave in and out of traffic with greater ease and park in smaller spots—especially on city streets.
Also, the Sportage boasts a larger wheelbase. This helps create more stability on the open road and provides a commanding performance you’ll be pleased to find in such a petite package.
We hope our guide has been helpful in choosing the right model for your daily needs around Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oak, and Simi Valley, CA. While both models offer incredible efficiency, space, and style, the Kia Sportage has more standard features for drivers than the Honda CR-V.
Come test drive a 2023 Kia Sportage at Kirby Kia today to learn more. See you soon!
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