Compact SUVs do the excellent work of being comfortable and reliable vehicles throughout the week with the capability and versatility you need to have fun and accomplish work over the weekend. This is a huge part of what has made the segment among the most popular on the road, with luxury and performance badges surprisingly jumping into the game.
The Kia Sportage is a two-decade-plus veteran of this class that has undergone a significant evolution from body-on-frame SUV to sporty, unibody crossover SUV. The 2020 iteration sees the Sportage hit its stride with some dynamic new styling elements and upgraded interior technology. It’s the best of every world – a high-value, luxurious, sporty and capable SUV with a unique personality. Today, we’re matching the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox up against the 2020 Kia Sportage.
2020 Kia Sportage
2020 Chevrolet Equinox
|2.4-liter 4-cylinder (181 horsepower)||Standard engine (horsepower)||1.5-liter turbo (170 horsepower)|
|8-inch touchscreen||Standard infotainment unit||7-inch touchscreen|
|1,650 lbs.||Base towing capacity||1,500 lbs.|
|41.5 inches||Front-row legroom||40.9 inches|
|30.7 cubic feet||Cargo space with seats up||29.9 cubic feet|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Limited warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
|$21,615 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing*||Starts at||$23,800|
While Chevrolet and the Equinox have long coasted on name recognition and brand loyalty, drivers who choose this SUV are missing out on some great features that the 2020 Kia Sportage gets over the compact SUV from GM.
For starters, as you can see in the above chart, the base 2020 Kia Sportage gives you more horsepower. A standard 2.4-liter N/A engine pumps out over 180 horsepower, 11 more than that provided by the smaller powerplant found in the Equinox and without the complication or lag of a turbocharged intake.
This bigger engine provides more towing capability.
Aiming to offer luxury SUV amenities and style to the compact SUV segment, the 2020 Kia Sportage also includes plenty of great comfort and convenience features not found in the 2020 Equinox like more legroom and a larger infotainment screen.
Best of all, however, is that the 2020 Kia Sportage comes standard with Kia’s industry-best 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty which respectively tromp that of the Equinox by double and nearly double.
For more information on the 2020 Kia Sportage or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!
*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 staff today.