The Kia Sportage has been completely redesigned for 2023, and the Subaru Forester has been updated for 2022. If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, you’ll likely find yourself cross-shopping between these two competitors.
Both SUVs have many advantages, but you should be aware of some key differences. Let’s take a closer look at these compact SUVs and find the one that’s right for you.
2023 Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage has been completely redesigned for 2023, with a new look inside and out, more modern tech features, and a larger, roomier body. Pricing starts at $25,990.
Highlights of Kia Sportage
modern technology: The all-new 2023 Sportage is packed with cutting-edge technology features. You get everything you’d expect from a new car, like standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Some high-tech optional features include wireless phone charging, dual 12.3-inch panoramic displays, and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration.
Spacious interior: The latest redesign makes the Sportage even bigger, and the result is one of the most spacious interiors in the compact SUV class. The Forester’s interior is pretty decent, but the Sportage has more rear-seat legroom and more cargo space behind the rear seats.
Superior Warranty: The Kia Sportage is backed by an excellent warranty that can provide added peace of mind to long-term owners. It has a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. By comparison, the Forester offers a 3-year/36,000-mile base warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Check out this week’s fair purchase prices or see Sportage models for sale near you.
2022 Subaru Forester
The Subaru Forester has a brand reputation for its impressive off-road capability and emphasis on safety. Pricing starts at $25,895.
Subaru Forester Highlights
Standard 4WD: All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard on every Subaru Forester. This is the foundation of the Forester’s good off-road capabilities, which are further enhanced by optional features such as X-Mode with Hill Descent Control and additional ground clearance and all-terrain tires available through the Wilderness trim.
Excellent Safety Score: Both SUVs received good safety ratings, but the Forester earned the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. That’s thanks to its good crash-test rating, extensive list of standard safety tech features, and standard LED projector headlights for optimum visibility.
Excellent fuel economy: The Forester is more fuel efficient than the Sportage with AWD. The Forester’s combined fuel economy rating tops out at 29 mpg, compared to just 25 mpg for the Sportage with AWD. This can result in significant fuel savings over time, especially if natural gas is expensive in your area.
Check out this week’s fair purchase prices or see a Forester model for sale near you.
Similar standard safety and infotainment tech, 4-cylinder engine, rugged off-road trim, similar price, good safety ratings
If you stick with AWD, the Subaru Forester is a more value-conscious option, as AWD is standard and is more fuel-efficient than the sub. However, the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage has a lot to offer, such as a spacious interior, the latest tech features and a longer warranty. Which is right for you depends on your priorities.
|2023 Kia Sportage||2022 Subaru Forester|
|engine||2.5-liter 4-cylinder||2.5-liter 4-cylinder|
|horsepower||187 hp @ 6,100 rpm||182 hp @ 5,800 rpm|
|torque||178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||176 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm|
|fuel economy||25 city/32 highway/28 mpg||26 city/33 highway/29 mpg|
|also available||Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, AWD|
|Basic Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||pending||5 stars|
|maximum seating capacity||5||5|
|wheelbase||108.5 inches||105.1 inches|
|Overall length||183.5 inches||182.7 inches|
|width||73.4 inches||71.5 inches|
|high||65.4 inches||67.5 inches|
|Turning diameter||38.6 feet||35.4 feet|
|headroom, front||39.6 inches||41.2 inches|
|headroom, rear||39.4 inches||39.6 inches|
|legroom, front||41.4 inches||43.3 inches|
|legroom, rear||41.3 inches||39.4 inches|
|shoulder room, front||57.5 inches||58.1 inches|
|shoulder room, rear||55.6 inches||57.2 inches|
|volume||39.6/74.1 cubic feet||28.9/74.2 cubic feet|