2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2016 Kia Sportage
Fun, functional crossover SUVs seem to be everywhere when you’re searching for a new vehicle. Two of the most popular options for sporty crossovers are the 2016 Chevy Equinox and the 2016 Kia Sportage. We’re compared both on the dimensions that matter most to drivers—safety, warranty, capacity, design, and more. Learn more now.
Warranty and Safety
Whether you’re driving your daily errands or undertaking a road trip with a car full of passengers, safety is top of mind. The Equinox and Sportage both offer an array of modern safety features, like a full airbag system, antilock brakes, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners, traction control, plastic fuel tanks, electronic stability control, as well as available all-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.
On top of all of the great safety features that both vehicles have, the Equinox pulls ahead with many features not available on the Sportage, including rear height-adjustable shoulder belts, power child safety locks, OnStar connectivity, as well as available safety technology, like a collision warning system, lane departure warning system, blind sport warning system, and a cross path warning system.
In addition to great safety features, the Equinox surpassed the Sportage on many crash test criteria. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash test scored the Equinox with a “good” rating overall, compared to the Sportage’s “poor” rating. In the National Highway Traffic Safety’s side impact test, the Equinox also showed more positive ratings than the Sportage on spine acceleration, hip force, and max damage depth.
New car buyers also often look for an attractive warranty. The Equinox offers a corrosion warranty that is a year longer than the Sportage on top of paid scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 24,000 miles—a concession that the Sportage doesn’t include.
Cargo and Cabin Capacity
Passengers will be significantly more comfortable in the roomy Equinox cabin. It offers up to 1.8 inches more headroom, up to 2 inches more hip room, and up to 2 inches more leg room than the Sportage. Additionally, the step-up height is an inch lower on the Equinox, which can improve functionality and accessibility for many passengers.
If you need to haul cargo even occasionally, then the Equinox is the standard to beat. It offers 31.5 cubic feet of designated cargo area, compared to just 26.1 cubic feet in the Sportage. The Equinox also offers an optional power cargo door, which the Sportage doesn’t offer.
Ergonomics and Towing
The Equinox has the edge on functionality when it comes to towing capacity and ergonomic design. The Equinox offers 1,500 more pounds in towing capacity than the Sportage. There are also many ergonomic design features that the Equinox offers that the Sportage does not:
- Available remote start
- Available memory seats
- Standard power-locking windows that don’t lock out the driver
- Standard one-touch front and rear power windows
- Available automatically adjusting mirrors
- Standard automatic headlights
See What the Equinox Can do for You!
Our Chevy experts can’t wait to show you all of the incredibly exciting features and capacities that the all-new 2016 Chevy Equinox has to offer. Get started with a test drive today! Contact us now to learn more.