2019 Kia Sportage Vs. 2019 Acura RDX

2019 Kia Sportage Vs. 2019 Acura RDX

If you’ve ever seen those charts showing the two or three brands that own all of the popular grocery brands or the two or three companies that produce 95% of movies, you know that brands will often create sub-brands to give the illusion of choice in a market they control. For cars, this is no different. Some manufacturers have their luxury models broken up into a secondary luxury line. For Kia, this isn’t the case. When you buy a high-trim Kia, you’re getting the most luxurious version of that vehicle’s platform. With competitors who offer another badge above, you may feel like they’re holding back.

The Kia Sportage is a great example of this. With streamlined packages and trims for 2019, the Kia Sportage offers drivers a luxury-SUV interior and exterior without the luxury price tag. Up against the 2019 Kia Sportage in today’s comparison is a model by Honda’s luxury line, the Acura RDX. Let’s see how they match up:

2019 Kia Sportage


2019 Acura RDX

2 Engine options 1
23 city/30 highway/25 combined Base MPG (FWD) 22 city/28 highway/24 combined
30.7 cubic feet/60.1 cubic feet Cargo volume (with seats up/with seats down) 29.5 cubic feet/58.9 cubic feet
10 years/100,000 miles Engine/powertrain warranty 6 years/70,000 miles
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
$19,080 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price (SX trim = $28,375)* Starts at $37,400

Kia Sportage Proves Luxury Doesn't Require a Separate Badge

With the 2019 Kia Sportage, Kia has done what Kia always does: Shown a standard practice in the automotive industry to be unnecessary and not in drivers’ best interests. In this case, it’s separating your brand into a mass market brand (Honda) and a luxury line (Acura).

For the Kia Sportage, this means offering similar or better features and specs (in the 2019 Kia Sportage SX) with a discount of over $10,000 on the 2019 Acura RDX.

If you’re not sure you need the features of the range-topping SX trim level (including heated and cooled seats, an 8-inch touchscreen display audio unit, turbocharged engine and more), you can find the 2019 Kia Sportage and its European-inspired design for less than $20,000 right now at Friendly Kia*.

Don’t wait up! Get the 2019 Kia Sportage today and see for yourself how Kia doesn’t hold any features back for a “luxury line.”

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