2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Kia
Sportage

2011 Honda CR-V

9.7

Winner

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Keyless entry
Standard
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CD changer
Standard
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Has speed-sensitive volume
2011 Kia Sportage

9.2

Runner-up

Kia Sportage

starting from

$18,990
"The Sportage matches up with the best crossover SUVs in the class."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's value
"Sharp styling inside."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Sportage

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Comparable towing weight
1340 lb
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Comparable turning radius
34.7 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CR-V ; not available on the Sportage
Performance 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage Winner: Sportage
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  • The Sportage has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • The Sportage needs around 10% less space to turn, 34.7 ft vs 37.8 ft
  • Almost the same, 17.9 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage Winner: Sportage
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $4,415 cheaper (around 20% less), $18,990 vs $23,405
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Room for more than 30% more stuff, 72.9 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3
  • Almost the same, 55.6 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CR-V ; not available on the Sportage
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 176 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Sportage has more gears and the CR-V is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.8 lb/hp vs 17.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.8 ft vs 34.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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MSRP $23,405 vs $18,990 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 21 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sportage 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the CR-V 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sportage 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the CR-V 's warranty is very limited

Practicality

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the Sportage has very little
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3 The CR-V has average-sized front seats, while the Sportage is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 850 lb vs 1340 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The CR-V 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Sportage does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The Sportage 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-V is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 126 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 82 mph vs 17.0 s @ 83 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.75 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Sportage Kia
Sportage
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX 2011 Nissan Murano SL CR-V EX vs Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V EX-L vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Venza CR-V EX-L vs Venza
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord Crosstour EX-L
2011 Kia Sportage EX 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited Sportage EX vs Grand Vitara Limited
2011 Kia Sportage LX 2012 Kia Sorento LX Sportage LX vs Sorento LX
2011 Kia Sportage 2011 Kia Soul Sportage vs Soul
2011 Kia Sportage 2011 Kia Optima EX Sportage vs Optima EX
2011 Kia Sportage 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Sportage vs Rogue SV

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