2021 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Honda CR-V in Mississauga, ON

Both excellent choices the 2021 Kia Sportage and 2021 Honda CR-V are as compact SUVs, but which one truly deserves your attention? Each one has carved out a solid niche in the segment, able to provide across a wide-range of style, convenience, tech, safety and performance. To find out the best of the best, explore our comparison below as we look over these crossovers through sections like design, power and safety. The 2021 Kia Sportage or the 2021 Honda CR-V, find your match now at 401 Dixie Kia.

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Exterior Design & Features

Kia Sportage Exterior

Both compact SUVs, their dimensions see both these vehicles pretty similar in terms of size, but differ in terms of style and tech. The Sportage is all about the creation of a compact SUV that’s stylish and fun-to-drive, along with a host of safety tech that back up its dynamic design. Colours like Black Cherry, Steel Grey and Scarlet Red ensure you’ll never be missed on the road.

Honda CR-V Exterior

The CR-V is led forward less by style and more on its features. From an LED light focus to its moonroof, hands-free tailgate and rain-sensing wipers, it attempts to cover every base for the driver. While both compact SUVs, the CR-V remains ever-so slightly bigger and presents a broader look than the more aerodynamic Sportage.

Specifications:2021 Kia Sportage LX2021 Honda CR-V LX
Length (mm/in)4,485 / 176.54,626 / 182.1
Width (mm/in)1,855 / 73.01,855 / 73.0
Height (mm/in)1,635 / 64.41,689 / 66.5
Wheelbase (mm/in)2,670 / 105.12,660 / 104.7

Interior Design & Features

Kia Sportage Interior

While the interior dimensions provide some give and take between the two vehicles, leaving them pretty much even across their driver, passenger and cargo spaces, it’s the features that help separate them. Enjoy heated and rear seats, wireless phone charging and a high quality Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Honda CR-V Interior

On the Honda side, heated front seats are standard, with rear heated available. Building off that warmth is the ability of the dual-zone automatic climate control, where you can adjust the temperature to several people’s liking. Its tech is focused around a 7-inch Display Audio system, which is an inch shorter than the Sportage’s 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface.

Specifications:2021 Kia Sportage LX2021 Honda CR-V LX
Head Room (front) (mm/in)997 / 39.31,018 / 40.1
Head Room (rear) (mm/in)993 / 39.1996 / 39.2
Shoulder Room (front) (mm/in)1,450 / 57.11,470 / 57.9
Shoulder Room (rear) (mm/in)1,400 / 55.11,412 / 55.6
Hip Room (front) (mm/in)1,380 / 54.31,400 / 55.1
Hip Room (rear) (mm/in)1,300 / 51.21,257 / 49.5
Leg Room (front) (mm/in)1,053 / 41.51,050 / 41.3
Leg Room (rear) (mm/in)970 / 38.21,025 / 40.4
Cargo Capacity (behind 1st row) (L/cu-ft)1,565 / 55.7--
Cargo Capacity (behind 2nd row) (L/cu-ft)798 / 28.9--
Cargo Capacity (rear seats up) (L/cu-ft)--1,110 / 43.7
Cargo Capacity (rear seats down) (L/cu-ft)--2,146 / 84.5

Performance & Capability

Kia Sportage Performance

While the standard level engines for both the Sportage and CR-V are right within the ballpark of each other, that’s not the only engine option the Sportage has. The SX trim of the Sportage offers up a 2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine, powering a thrilling 237 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s exceptional performance for those who want the most out of these SUVs.

Honda CR-V Performance

Unlike the Kia with an upgraded engine, the CR-V only exists with its 1.5L, 16-valve, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, across each and every one of its trims. Like the Sportage, it has an AWD system, perfect for our Mississauga winters. This Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control works without any input needed from the driver.

Specifications:2021 Kia Sportage2021 Honda CR-V
Engine2.4L, GDI 4-cylinder1.5L, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, turbocharged 4-cylinder
Torque (lb-ft)175179
Transmission6-speed automaticCVT


Kia Sportage Safety

Safety is an important part of any SUV, and the Kia Sportage is no different, with a few highlighted safety technologies that exist as one of the prime features of this vehicle. Forward Collision Avoidance Assist warns of possible collisions, Blind Spot Detection monitors your blind spot for you and Rear Cross Traffic Alert alerts of vehicles approaching behind when backing out.

Honda CR-V Safety

Honda focuses some of their most important safety technology within the signature Honda Sensing Technologies. These advanced driver aides include systems like Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and more.

Kia Sportage vs. Honda CR-V Verdict

The 2021 Kia Sportage starts at $25,795 and the 2021 Honda CR-V starts at $31,760. Just off price alone you can see why the Sportage is more desirable, even before you dive into its advantages. From the top potential of performance on its highest trim to its finely-tuned compact style to the variety of improved tech inside, the Sportage is the worthy choice over the CR-V.


For more information on the Kia Sportage, we welcome all of our Greater Toronto Area customers to visit us here at 401 Dixie Kia. We’re your local Mississauga dealership for everything Sportage, whether it’s shopping for a new or used model!

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