Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Kia Sportage VS 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The Sportage (except LX) offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Equinox offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Sportage offers optional Front and Rear Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Equinox doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Sportage and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:







5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:





Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Sportage comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Equinox’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Equinox. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Equinox ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sportage has a standard 140-amp alternator. The Equinox’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Sportage SX’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (240 vs. 182) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 172) than the Equinox’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Sportage SX is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.9 sec

28.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.5 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

82 MPH

Top Speed

130 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sportage gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox:







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

4 cyl./Auto



20 city/23 hwy

16 city/23 hwy


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Equinox:





70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sportage SX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (245/45R19 vs. 235/55R18).

The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Equinox’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sportage SX has standard 19-inch wheels. The Equinox’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sportage has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Equinox.

The Sportage SX AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Equinox Premier AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (34.8 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Sportage is 11.4 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sportage has .3 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sportage’s cargo door can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Equinox doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sportage EX/SX Turbo’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control. The Equinox’s driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Smart Key standard on the Sportage EX/SX Turbo allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Equinox doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Sportage (except LX) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Equinox doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sportage SX Turbo has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Sportage (except LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Equinox doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Sportage’s optional (except LX) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Equinox doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sportage’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Sportage and the Equinox offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sportage has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Equinox doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

An optional built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Sportage’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $351 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Equinox, including $221 less for a water pump, $1 less for an alternator, $139 less for front brake pads, $133 less for a starter, $60 less for fuel injection and $521 less for a fuel pump.

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