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2022 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Subaru Forester Review

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2022 Kia

MSRP*: $24,090 to $35,250
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2021 Subaru

MSRP*: $24,795 to $34,895
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Invoice* $23,125 to $33,664 $23,375 to $32,541
MPG - City 19 - 23 MPG 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 60.1 ft3 69.2 - 74.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Horizontal
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual, Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 181 - 240 hp 182 hp
Towing Capacity 1,653 lbs 1,500 lbs
Exterior Length 176.4 in 182.1 in
Exterior Width 73.0 in 71.5 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 38.2 in
Front 43.3 in
Rear 39.4 in
Head Room Front 37.6 - 39.3 in
Rear 37.9 - 39.1 in
Front 40.2 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.7 - 39.6 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in the Kia Sportage than the Subaru Forester. The Subaru Forester will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Sportage.

With the Subaru Forester, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Kia Sportage, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Kia Sportage or the Subaru Forester, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Kia Sportage is much higher than that for the Subaru Forester.

Since the Kia Sportage is much wider than the Subaru Forester, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. The Kia Sportage is slightly shorter than the Subaru Forester, which may make it easier to park.

The Kia Sportage has the same turning radius as the Subaru Forester, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

With the Kia Sportage, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than the Subaru Forester. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester.

With similar torque, the Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester. The Kia Sportage has less cargo space than the Subaru Forester, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Sportage than that of the Subaru Forester.