2019 Kia Sportage Vs. Subaru Forester

2019 Kia Sportage Vs. 2018 Subaru Forester shown in split screen side-by-side capacity

When it comes time to load up your family or friends and their gear and hit the great outdoors, compact crossovers provide a more-than-capable way to do so. Beyond simply their expedition-friendly prowess, however, these small SUVs bask in their technology and comfort – providing the handling of a compact car and excellent fuel economy.

In this class, the Kia Sportage is more than just a veteran. It’s a compact crossover that raises the bar on what drivers should expect from their weekend warrior. Offering more than just capability and comfort, however, the Kia Sportage brings fun and personality to the party – two traits sorely lacking in this versatile and practical class. Today, we’re comparing the 2019 Kia Sportage to the 2018 Subaru Forester to see which vehicle delivers better value and has more fun.

2019 Kia Sportage


2018 Subaru Forester

181 horsepower Base horsepower 170 horsepower
2,000 lbs. Maximum towing 1,500 lbs.
Yes – Standard Automatic transmission available? No
Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility Not available on any trim level
17-inch alloy Standard wheels 17-inch steel with plastic hubcaps
Kia – Yes, four years running J.D. Power Mass Market Quality Leader? Subuaru – No
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper to bumper warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
$21,080 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing* Starts at $22,795

Get the 2019 Kia Sportage Now at Friendly Kia!

The best part about the 2019 Kia Sportage is that we have it in stock now. By stopping by Friendly Kia, you’re able to get more of a vehicle at a better value than the soon-to-be-obsolete 2018 Subaru Forester. Do you want the convenience of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration? The Kia Sportage has it, while the range-topping 2018 Subaru Forester XT Touring doesn’t.

Standard wheels are just another area Kia is able to show off more refinement, giving drivers standard aluminum alloy wheels while Subaru seems to believe that unless you’re paying top dollar, you should drive around with plastic hubcaps on your wheels.

Finally, Kia is a leader for their warranty and reliability – earning the top spot on J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study for Mass Market brands.

Similarly, Friendly Kia is a local leader, offering more inventory and lower prices than the competition while maintaining higher ratings and being the only dealership in the coveted Kia Presidents Club – a prestigious honor given only to 30 Kia dealerships nationwide which rewards customer satisfaction. For more information on the 2019 Kia Sportage or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!

*Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing is based on pricing on the date of this page’s publication and not the date of its access. Pricing is at the discretion of Friendly Kia staff and subject to change without warning or notice. For current pricing, contact Friendly Kia today!