2019 Subaru Crosstrek


2019 Kia  Sportage

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek

2019 Kia  Sportage

Turning Diameter

35.4 feet

34.8 feet

Fuel Economy

23 mpg city

22 mpg city


43.1 inches

41.5 inches

Overall Width

79 inches

73 inches

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Kia  Sportage near Philadelphia, PA

If you're looking for a Crossover SUV to fit your every need, then let us recommend either the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek or 2019 Kia Sportage. Both offer impressive powertrains and several trim levels to choose between. However, there are differences between them. So if you need help narrowing down the option a little more, let us compare what each has to offer so we can figure which would be the best for you.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Power & Handling

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek makes things simple by coming with one standard engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive that puts out 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. There is an option to exchange the six-speed manual transmission for a continuously variable automatic transmission if you so desire, except on the 2.0i Limited trim which comes with the continuously variable automatic transmission as standard equipment. This powertrain offers both on and off-road ability, reassuring steering, and linear progression for brake pressure.

2019 Kia  Sportage Power & Handling

The 2019 Kia Sportage comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with front-wheel-drive and six-speed automatic transmission the put out 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The SX Turbo trim trades out that engine for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that runs on 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel-drive can be exchanged for all-wheel-drive, though at the expense of some horsepower. While these are both fine engines, in the Sportage they offer a punchy ride that, combined with its low ground clearance, means you won't be going much further than any well-worn path will take you.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Features & Design

With three trim levels, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is ready and willing to be the Crossover SUV you need and deserve it to be. Starting things off is the 2.0i trim with such features as a four-speaker sound system, smartphone integration, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, driver information display, rearview camera, automatic up and down windows, 60/40-split rear folding seat, and 17-inch wheels. Also available for the 2.0i is Subaru's EyeSight safety feature package that comes with lane keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control. Stepping up to the 2.0i Premium trim sees the addition of remote Starlink services, a noise-reducing windshield, six-speaker sound system, heated mirrors and seats, automatic headlights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Additional options available for the 2.0i Premium trim include rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot detection, contrasting interior stitching, and a sunroof. The top trim is the 2.0i Limited that adds to the Premium with the EyeSight features as standard, power-adjustable driver's seat, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, leather seating, an eight-inch touchscreen, LED adaptive headlights, and 18-inch wheels. The Limited does have access to exclusive options like an onboard navigation system or a Harman Kardon audio system.

2019 Kia  Sportage Features & Design

Like the Crosstrek, the 2019 Kia Sportage offers three trim levels to choose between. The basic LX trim comes with a CD player, USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, 5-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, 60/40-split folding back seat, height-adjustable driver seat, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. To make this trim level feel complete there's the Popular package, which adds smartphone integration, a 7-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, automatic climate control, windshield wiper de-icer, UV-reducing glass, and roof rails. The EX trim gives the LX a rear USB charging port, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry and ignition, power heated and folding mirrors, fog lights, and 18-inch wheels. A few other features that are only available for the EX through packages include paddle shifters on a flat-bottomed steering wheel, LED exterior lighting, eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, 8-inch touchscreen, parking sensors, automatic high-beams, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a panoramic sunroof. Top of the ladder for the Sportage's trims is the SX Turbo. This trim gains a larger gauge display, flat-bottomed steering wheel, special exterior trim, electronic parking brake, LED fog lights, xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, and a sport-tuned suspension.


While it's a close competition between the two, we're going to have to give it to the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek for two important reasons. First, while the Sportage's engine and powertrain are technically more powerful, the Sportage's own design gets in the way of it being used to the fullest. Secondly, while both the Crosstrek and the Sportage offer packages for their trims, the Crosstrek's packages seem more like bonus features whereas the Sportage's are near requirements to make each trim seem complete. For those reasons, we recommend the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek for your crossover SUV needs.

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