2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Chevy Equinox

The 2019 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover that does it all. With comfortable seating for five in a high-quality interior, impressive performance, adept handling, intuitive infotainment options and a buttery smooth ride, this well-rounded SUV is sure to put a smile on your face and keep it there.

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is the competitor stepping up to the ring for our comparison today. Let’s compare some key features to help deduce with vehicle comes out as the better buy.

2019 Kia Sportage


2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2.4-L 4-Cylinder Base Engine 1.5-L 4-Cylinder


Horsepower 137-252
1,650 pounds Base Model Towing Capacity 1,500 pounds
17.4 feet Turning Radius 37.4 feet
30.7, 60.1 with seat area Cargo Room (cu. ft.) 29.9, 63.9 with seat area
All Trims Sirius XM Radio Capability Upper Trims
8-speaker Harmon-Kardon surround sound Top Sound System 7-speaker Bose sound system
5 years/60,000 miles Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
$23,750 Starts at... $23,800


2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Chevy Equinox Performance and Cargo Volume

Both vehicles have good starting prices, being below-average for the class. The 2019 Sportage takes the slight edge here, with a fifty-dollar lower MSRP. That may not seem like much when you’re in five-digit territory, but who wouldn’t be happy to find an extra fifty bucks lying around?

The 2019 Kia Sportage stands out with a higher horsepower on the base engine. This contributes to its satisfying performance. It’s also more than half a foot shorter than the Chevrolet Equinox, which may help explain why it has such a significantly tighter turning radius. The satisfying agile handling of the 2019 Sportage is not shared by the 2019 Equinox.

Despite its more compact size, the 2019 Kia Sportage manages to get more cargo room than the Equinox with the seats up, and nearly as much with the seats lowered. This is truly an impressive feat of engineering.

2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Chevy Equinox Interior Quality

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox cabin quality cannot compare to the upscale 2019 Kia Sportage. The high percentage of low-quality materials in the 2019 Equinox imparts a middling, mundane feel.

In addition to its classy materials and design, the 2019 Kia Sportage comes with standard features including a rearview camera, six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 5-inch touchscreen.

Peace of Mind with the 2019 Kia Sportage

The 2019 Kia Sportage has one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class, with a 4.5 out of 5 from J.D. Power. It also comes with Kia’s excellent warranty: five-year/60,000-mile basic coverage with 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Now that’s peace of mind.

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