2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2020 Subaru Forester: Compare reviews, safety ratings, fuel economy, etc.

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2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Review

New 2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Kia
Sportage

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New 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru
Forester

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MSRP*
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$23,990 to $35,090
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$24,495 to $34,595
Invoice* $23,031 to $33,510 $23,099 to $32,266
MPG - City 19 - 23 26
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Sportage offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Subaru Forester, with comparable head- and legroom. The Subaru Forester will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Sportage.

Convenience
With the Subaru Forester, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Kia Sportage, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Kia Sportage or the Subaru Forester, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Sportage will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Subaru Forester.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Sportage is much wider than the Subaru Forester, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. The Kia Sportage is slightly shorter than the Subaru Forester, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Handling
The Kia Sportage has the same turning radius as the Subaru Forester, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
With the Kia Sportage, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than the Subaru Forester. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester. The Kia Sportage has less cargo space than the Subaru Forester, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Sportage than that of the Subaru Forester.