Some say SUVs are the perfect vessels for carrying us into the future. We tend to agree, as there aren't many other classes that offer such versatility and capability. The Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester are two great examples in this class, both offering capable performance, along with passenger and cargo versatility, but which is the better choice for you?

Here at Fred Beans Kia of Langhorne, we have our opinions. But opinions are opinions; you want facts. That's why we made this side-by-side comparison of the Kia Sportage vs. Subaru Forester, so drivers in Langhorne, Philadelphia, and Levittown, PA, can discover the key differences between these two wonderful and rugged SUVs for themselves.

The Battle for Performance

SUVs need power. YOU need power. This is the way. Luckily, you'll find quite a lot of power coming from both rides, thanks to their impressive engines. When you want to look for the best these models have to offer, though, you'll want to take a look at the most powerful engines these SUVs have available.

You'll have two engine options with the Kia Sportage. The most powerful is the available 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder engine. This powertrain gives us up to 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, so you can count on enjoying some exciting acceleration.

Compare this to the Subaru Forester, which only offers a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. With up to 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, this engine doesn't quite match up to the full potential of the Kia Sportage. If you're more of a driving enthusiast, you might want to take a look at the Kia Sportage. It'll have you carving up the roads like you were carving up a celebration cake you gave yourself for making the right choice of SUV.

The Battle of Comfort

You could call this a pillow fight because this is a battle of comfort. See, everybody loves being comfortable, and to keep you comfortable when you're driving in the bitter cold, both SUVs offer available Heated Front Seats. Turn this on and your seat will warm up to help make your cabin much more welcoming during extreme weather.

If you're heading out to the beach in the summer, the Kia Sportage comes much better prepared with its available Ventilated Front Seats. These seats work to keep you cool and dry, so you don't overheat when the sun is beating down on you. In fact, with this feature, it will be you beating down on the sun.


You can tell that safety was key when designing the Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester. That's why these models come fully equipped with all sorts of active safety systems that help to keep you safer during potential accidents. You'll have peace of mind thanks to these rides' ability to react to impending collisions before they happen.

These SUVs feature standard Lane Keeping Assist: meaning if you're on the highway and you start to drift from your lane, your set of wheels can apply corrective steering to get you back in your lane. With this extra peace of mind, you'll feel great knowing your roadster is looking out for you even while out on busy roads.

What the Kia Sportage has that the Subaru Forester doesn't, though, is a standard Driver Attention Warning feature. If your SUV finds that you're starting to drive unpredictably, it can tell that you may be fatigued. Your Kia vehicle will then try to urge you to take a break to ensure you get the rest you need before heading out on the road again. A similar feature can be found in the Sportage, but it does not come standard.  

Want to learn more about the Sportage? Check out our Sportage reviews!

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Though these two SUVs are similar, we hope this Kia Sportage vs. Subaru Forester comparison helped you determine the differences that matter most to you.

Drivers in Langhorne, Philadelphia, and Levittown, Pennsylvania, can lea more about the Kia Sportage by visiting Fred Beans Kia of Langhorne. Call now or stop by today to schedule your test drive!

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