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Kia Sportage vs. Buick Encore GX

In comparing the Kia Sportage to the Buick Encore GX, the Kia Sportage has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Buick Encore GX has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Kia Sportage versus the Buick Encore GX, the Buick Encore GX is a better car than the Kia Sportage.

Kia Sportage versus Buick Encore GX Pricing

For a new model, the Kia Sportage's price is between $29,437 and $39,961, with the Buick Encore GX priced between $26,126 and $36,738.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Kia Sportage’s base engine makes 187 horsepower, and the Buick Encore GX base engine makes 137 horsepower. The Sportage is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 458 miles. The Encore GX is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 409 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Kia Sportage has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity, while the Buick Encore GX has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Kia Sportage has higher safety ratings than the Buick Encore GX, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.50 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, both the Kia Sportage and the Buick Encore GX have the same Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Kia Sportage

2023 Buick Encore GX

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,437 - $39,961

Used Asking Price:

$18,884 - $29,861

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

42.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,126 - $36,738

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

8.5 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 14
10 / 24
11 / 24
15 / 24
16 / 28
18 / 61
21 / 61
30 / 61
34 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

Summary Review

The Kia Sportage is a compact sport utility vehicle and a mainstay of Kia’s model line, going through several generations prior to the current Sportage, which debuted in 2017. The Sportage is known for its sharp looks, feature-packed interior, and low cost of entry, with new models costing an average of $28,105 and 3-year-old models averaging $20,380.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Smooth ride quality with a quiet interior
  • Spacious seating front and rear
  • Smart instrumentation and control layout

  • Smaller cargo capacity than many rivals
  • Acceleration can be sluggish
  • Fuel economy adequate at best

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige, X-Line, X-Pro, X-Pro Prestige

Trim Levels

Preferred, Select, Essence

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.50 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

187 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

178 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

137 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

162 foot-lbs @ 2500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.045 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

25 / 32 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

358 / 458 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

3

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 31 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

383 / 409 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

39.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

74.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.4 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.6 inches

Cargo Space:

23.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

50.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

117.8 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3373 lbs

Width:

73.4 inches

Height:

65.4 inches

Length:

183.5 inches

Wheelbase:

108.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.1 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3065 lbs

Width:

71.4 inches

Height:

64.1 inches

Length:

171.4 inches

Wheelbase:

102.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

225/55R18