2021 Subaru Forester vs. Kia Sportage

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Kia Sportage

MPG26/3323/30 (FWD) 21/25 (AWD)
Front Leg Room43.3"41.5"
Front Head Room41.2"39.3"
Passenger Volume111.9 Cubic Feet98.6 Cubic Feet
Symmertrical AWDStandardOptional with $1,500 upgrade
2020 KBB Most Trusted BrandYes!No
2020 KBB 5-Year Lowest Cost to Own Brand
2020 KBB Best Resale Value Brand
2020 J.D. Power #1 Brand Loyalty

2021 Subaru Forester vs. Kia Sportage


An efficient SUV is the ideal companion for families on the go or adventure-seekers who spend a lot of time on the road. The Subaru Forester is the clear winner between these two compact crossovers, offering 26/33 mpg city/highway, while the Kia Sportage only offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23/30 mpg city/highway. The Sportage also only offers these numbers with front-wheel drive to the symmetrical all-wheel drivetrain offered standard by the Forester. Equipping the Sportage with all-wheel drive with lower those fuel estimates even lower.


The Subaru lineup is well-known for its off-road capability, and the 2021 Forester continues that trend with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This legendary feature ensures you have complete control of your vehicle in even the roughest conditions. Its AWD also offers additional capability with features like X-MODE®, Hill Descent Control, and Active Torque Vectoring - all missing from the Sportage lineup. The Kia Sportage offers all-wheel drive but, you will need to pay an extra $1,500 just to have it equipped, as it is not standard.

Interior Space

A spacious interior is one of the most sought after features in an SUV, and the Subaru Forester doesn't disappoint. Its interior offers up to 111.9 cubic feet of passenger space to the Sportage's less roomy 98.6 cubic feet of passenger space. The Forester also enjoys more front and rear headroom and legroom compared to the more restricting Kia Sportage, which has a snug feeling with less room to stretch out. The Forester offers a configurable cargo space of up to 76.1 cubic feet, easily beating out the 60.1 cubic maximum storage space that the Kia Sportage can manage.

Award-Winning Style

The Subaru Forester is more than just an impressive compact crossover that can do a bit of everything - it also has been recognized for its safety and reliability from multiple sources. The 2021 Forester earned a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ as well as IIHS Superior Front Crash Prevention and JD Power's #1 Brand Loyalty in the automotive industry for two years in a row. The Kia Sportage did earn a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick, but it fails to match up to the highest possible rating that the Forester earned.

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The Subaru Company is all about being a positive force in the community, and here at Prime Subaru Hyannis, we are happy to continue that trend. We are committed to improving our community through a variety of means, including our campaigns to help the environment, help people lead healthier lives, help pets, and help others in their pursuit of knowledge. We strive to provide ample support for our customers and our surroundings communities!

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Have Less-than-Ideal Credit? No Problem at Prime Subaru Hyannis!

Now that you know a bit more about how the Subaru Forester leads its competition, you can start to look at affordable options at our Subaru dealership. You might be concerned about what you can afford, especially if you have sub-prime credit or no credit at all. Our finance team is happy to help you learn more about your options and find an affordable option that works for your monthly budget! We work with a variety of lending institutions around the Hyannis area, and we will help you find a great deal no matter what your credit history looks like!

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Ready to experience the new Subaru Forester firsthand? Stop by Prime Subaru Hyannis today to test drive your favorite model and explore all that the new lineup is capable of! We look forward to meeting you in person!

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