If you want versatility, comfort and a ton of convenience, compact crossovers take the best parts of a large truck-frame based SUV and combine them with the handling and efficiency of a compact car. Vehicles in this class provide high ride height, solid all-weather performance and even towing capability. Additionally, their small size and unibody construction mean they are still able to be agile, parkable and won’t burn through an entire fuel tank in half a week.
Today, we’re comparing Kia’s dynamic and personality-filled Sportage compact crossover to Chevrolet’s industrious Equinox. While Kia’s entry into this highly-competitive class is a product of their unique and subversive attitude toward auto manufacturing, Chevy’s is also a product of their brand’s personality. Since both are attempting to woo drivers who want capability, performance and comfort, only one can be the best. Let’s see how they measure up.
2018 Kia Sportage
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
|181 horsepower (LX)||Base model horsepower||170 horsepower (L)|
|260 lb-ft. @ 1,450 rpm||Available torque||260 lb-ft. @ 2,500 rpm|
|30.7 cubic feet||Cargo volume with all seats up||29.9 cubic feet|
|2,000 lbs. (with trailer brakes)||Base model towing capacity||1,500 lbs. (with trailer brakes)|
|Top Safety Pick||IIHS safety distinction||Not recognized by IIHS|
|10 years / 120,000 miles||Powertrain/engine warranty||5 years / 60,000 miles|
|$19,175 at Friendly Kia*||Best Tampa Bay price||$22,380 in Tampa|
Perfectly exemplifying the compact crossover class, the 2018 Kia Sportage is a robust adventure companion that delivers capability and comfort in a small and agile package. The Chevrolet Equinox, while a great crossover, can’t match the versatility provided by the Sportage’s standard and available engines, interior space or towing capacity.
Additionally, the 2018 Kia Sportage has made all the right moves to earn the coveted Top Safety Pick recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. With its focus on safety, driver and passenger comfort and being able to work hard, the Sportage is a unique vehicle that stands head-and-shoulders above its class.
When it’s time to purchase or lease the 2018 Kia Sportage, you have a few options. Only at Friendly Kia will you find the inventory and prices that we have. We’re Tampa Bay’s low-price leader and have the largest inventory of new and used Kia models. We’ve also earned high ratings from review sites like Dealer Rater, Yelp, Facebook and Google, and we have A+ accreditation from the Better Business Bureau.
This year, we were honored to receive acceptance into the 2018 Kia President’s Club. This achievement, giving to 30 dealerships nationwide in recognition of excellent sales and customer satisfaction, marks Friendly Kia as the only Tampa Bay dealership to be recognized at this level by Kia. We’re proud of this award, but even more proud of our customers who have helped get us there. It’s proof that when you care about what shoppers want and need, and are willing to listen, it pays off!
For more information about the 2018 Kia Sportage, Friendly Kia or to schedule a test drive with the dynamic and fun Sportage, contact us today!
*Pricing as of publication date and not the date of access. Pricing may change and vary based on model, features added or events. Changes by the manufacturer to MSRP do not necessarily equate adjusted VIP pricing. Final listed VIP pricing is at the discretion of Friendly Kia.