Subaru Forester vs. Kia Sportage in Marquette

2019 Subaru Forester vs. the Kia Sportage

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See for Yourself how the Subaru Forester Compares to the Kia Sportage

If you're in the market for a new SUV for your family in Marquette MI, we're here to help you narrow down your options. You already know and love the Subaru Forester, but we often have our clients ask us why they should choose it over the Kia Sportage. That's why we put together this quick comparison so you can see for yourself why the Forester is the perfect choice for you here in Michigan.

What's New for 2019?

The new Subaru Forester has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year bringing you a better than ever option for your next SUV here in the Gwinn area. The 2019 Kia Sportage offers only a few changes for this year, with less options as the most notable change. You no longer have heated seats available and the LX trim has less features than the 2018 model year.

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Powering every new Forester is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that produces 182-horsepower. This engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission that is smooth, seamless and provides all the power and acceleration that you need. The Kia Sportage offers two engine choices for you to pick from starting with a 181-horsepower four-cylinder and the available engine is a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. You'll also find a continuously variable transmission with both engines, though the base Sportage engine is less enjoyable than the Subaru Foresters engine.

One area that the Forester really shines over the Kia Sportage is the fact that it comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive. The Kia Sportage comes standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available to add. Having the advanced and high-tech symmetrical all-wheel drive system standard on your Subaru means that you'll have the all-weather and all-road capability that will keep you safer and happier here in Ishpeming.

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When it comes to technology to keep you and your family entertained, the new Subaru Forester features the STARLINK™ infotainment system standard on a beautiful 6.5-inch touchscreen display with satellite radio, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a four-speaker sound system. The Kia Sportage offers an infotainment system standard with a 5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker stereo. With the Kia Sportage you'll have to spend extra to get features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, even though they come standard on the Forester.

Available features for both these SUVs include navigation, upgraded sound systems and more. The Forester offers a Wi-Fi hotspot so you can enjoy staying connected no matter how far you go from home in Negaunee.


Another reason to choose the new Subaru Forester is because it comes standard with the EyeSight® suite of Driver Assistance and Safety features. EyeSight® brings you pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. This means that you'll have helpful safety features even if you choose the base trim level. The Kia Sportage offers you a rearview camera standard, requiring you to upgrade to get the standard features of the Forester. Available features for the Sportage includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and pre-collision braking. Adaptive cruise control is not offered with the Sportage.

Interior Features

Both of these SUVs offer seating for five inside with cloth upholstery. You'll find available features like leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and more on both vehicles. The Forester does offer niceties like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, and heated front and rear seats. Both of these SUVs are spacious and comfortable enough for long drives, but you'll love the updated and improved Subaru Forester interior no matter how far you go from home.

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