As hybrid SUVs continue to get more efficient and affordable, they offer great value for drivers looking for a versatile SUV with excellent fuel economy. Two of the top players in this segment are the Honda CR-V Hybrid and Kia Sportage Hybrid.
These SUVs are all-new for 2023 and are at the top of their game. You truly can’t go wrong with either, but there are a few differences you should know about if you’re shopping for a hybrid SUV. Let’s take a closer look.
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid
Honda took a new direction when redesigning the CR-V Hybrid for 2023. It’s more integrated into the regular CR-V model range and has the distinction of sporty styling that sets it apart from the non-hybrid model. Pricing starts at $32,950.
Honda CR-V Hybrid Highlights
Sporty styling: The CR-V Hybrid stands out with a sporty appearance package that includes black exterior accents, gloss black alloy wheels, dual exhaust finishers, and orange interior contrast stitching.
Upscale Sport Touring trim: The available Sport Touring trim is full of desirable features like standard all-wheel drive (AWD), a hands-free power liftgate, leather seats, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a Bose premium audio system, and more.
Many standard features: The base Sport trim of the CR-V Hybrid has many features that don’t come standard on the Sportage Hybrid. A few include 18-inch wheels, a power sunroof, roof rails, heated front seats, and blind-spot monitoring.
Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Honda CR-V Hybrid models for sale near you.
2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid
With the redesign of the Kia Sportage for 2023, it got bigger and more high-tech, and a hybrid model joined the lineup. It impresses with excellent fuel economy and a nice interior at a competitive price point. Pricing starts at $27,490.
Kia Sportage Hybrid Highlights
Long warranty: The Kia Sportage is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. That beats Honda’s coverage; the CR-V Hybrid has a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on the hybrid components.
Lower starting price: The Sportage Hybrid has a lower starting price than the CR-V Hybrid by more than $5,000. Even the top SX Prestige trim of the Kia is more affordable than the loaded CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring.
More efficient: If you’re shopping for a hybrid, fuel economy is probably a priority for you. Both of these SUVs are good on gas, but the Sportage Hybrid is the efficiency winner. According to EPA estimates, the Sportage Hybrid gets 43 mpg with front-wheel drive (FWD) and 38 mpg with AWD, while the Honda gets 40 mpg with FWD and 37 mpg with AWD.
Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Kia Sportage Hybrid models for sale near you.
Roomy interior, similar sizing, great fuel economy, similar safety and infotainment tech.
The Kia is a more practical choice on paper because of its lower starting price, better fuel economy, and longer warranty. However, the CR-V boasts a sporty aesthetic for a hybrid and justifies its higher price tag with more standard features. Which hybrid SUV is right for you depends on your priorities.
|2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid||2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid|
|Engine||2.0-liter hybrid 4-cylinder||1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower||204 hp @ 6,100 rpm||227 hp|
|Torque||247 lb-ft @ 0-2,000 rpm||258 lb-ft|
|Transmission||CVT automatic||6-speed automatic|
|Fuel Economy||43 city/36 hwy mpg||42 city/44 hwy mpg|
|Basic Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||10 years/100,000 miles|
|Hybrid Components Warranty||8 years/100,000 miles||10 years/100,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||TBD||TBD|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||106.3 inches||108.5 inches|
|Overall Length||184.8 inches||183.5 inches|
|Width||73.5 inches||73.4 inches|
|Height||66.2 inches||65.4 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.3 feet||38.6 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.2 inches||39.6 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.2 inches||39.1 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.3 inches||41.4 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||41.0 inches||41.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.9 inches||57.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.9 inches||55.6 inches|
|Cargo Volume||39.3/76.5 cubic feet||39.5/73.7 cubic feet|