Why The 2019 Subaru Forester Is A Better Two-Row SUV Than The 2019 Kia Sportage: Byers Airport Subaru Comparison

2019 Subaru Forester vs Kia Sportage 2-Row SUV Comparison in Columbus, OH

The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester takes one of our most popular SUV models and makes it better than ever! Now, you'll enjoy the Subaru toughness you've come to love with a more efficient engine, more technology, more room for cargo and standard Subaru EyeSight®! All that value makes it an even better buy than the 2019 Kia Sportage -- and we aim to prove it to you on this page. Discover below how the all-new Subaru Forester gives you so much more for your money than the aging crossover from Kia, which lacks the size, technology and efficiency that Columbus families often need. Choose the 2019 Subaru Forester instead at Byers Airport Subaru!

The rear seats of the all-new Forester fold flat to reveal a wide-open cargo area.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Kia Sportage: Best Size?

You'll enjoy all the extra room the Subaru Forester gives you compared to the Kia Sportage. It begins with cargo room -- when you collapse the rear seats in the 2019 Kia Sportage, you'll reveal 60.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume. The 2019 Subaru Forester can fit more suitcases and shopping bags thanks to a maximum cargo volume of 76.1 cubic feet!

Furthermore, the 2019 Subaru Forester gives you 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. That's more than the 2019 Kia Sportage, and that means you'll get more legroom and shoulder room in both rows of seats in the Forester. Choose the 2019 Subaru Forester when you want more room for you, your friends, family and all their stuff.


The touchscreen display in this Forester is connected to the driver's iPhone via Apple CarPlay.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Kia Sportage: Best Tech?

While a touchscreen infotainment system comes standard in both of these SUVs, the 2019 Subaru Forester also comes standard with the ease and convenience of Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto. These technologies make it a snap to sync your compatible smartphone for navigation, music streaming, plus hands-free calls and texts! On the 2019 Kia Sportage, those features will cost you more as an additional upgrade.

Even the entry-level 2019 Subaru Forester also comes with automatic climate control -- just set a comfortable temperature and the Forester handles the rest, no matter what the weather outside. The 2019 Kia Sportage comes standard with manual heating and air conditioning.


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This Forester easily handles this gravel road, complete with bikes on the roof.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Kia Sportage: Best Drive?

The 2019 Subaru Forester makes one more horsepower and a single foot-pound of extra torque compared to the base 2019 Kia Sportage, meaning they'll feel similar to drive under normal road conditions. It's when the road gets rough that the Subaru Forester truly shines! It's all thanks to the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. As you drive, power is automatically delivered to the wheels with the best grip -- so you won't slide as much in the snow, ice, rain and dirt. All-wheel drive is an available option on the 2019 Kia Sportage, but it'll cost you quite a bit when you upgrade. Furthermore, the 2019 Subaru Forester is more efficient! It'll achieve up to 33 MPG; when equipped with all-wheel drive, the 2019 Kia Sportage only gets 25 MPG. That means you'll spend a whole lot more at the pump over time.


Standard LED headlights on the 2019 Forester provide a more natural beam of light that's closer to daylight than halogen headlamps.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Kia Sportage: Best Crash Test Scores?

In the event of a crash, both SUVs earned impressive crashworthiness scores in crash tests -- but only the 2019 Subaru Forester received a safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It was dubbed 2019 Top Safety Pick+! The 2019 Kia Sportage earned no safety honors from the IIHS.

The 2019 Subaru Forester also has superior technology for looking ahead. It comes standard with LED headlights and offers steering responsive LED headlights that swivel as you steer to better illuminate the inside of turns. By contrast, the 2019 Kia Sportage comes standard with halogen headlamps, and steering responsive headlights aren't available on that model at all.


This knob controls the X-MODE system that helps the 2019 Forester crawl with control over rough terrain.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Kia Sportage: Best Driver Assistance?

Every 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with the added peace of mind that comes from modern driver assistance. Subaru EyeSight® provides standard features like pre-collision automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. From the entry-level model all the way to the fully-loaded 2019 Subaru Forester Touring, you and your loved ones will be protected. For its part, the 2019 Kia Sportage offers most of these features, but not on the base model. They'll cost you a lot more when you upgrade -- not to mention the Kia Sportage doesn't offer adaptive cruise control at all!

Additionally, all but the entry-level 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with X-MODE® for outstanding traction on especially complex terrain and slippery driving conditions. This could come in real handy when winter throws everything it has at the Columbus, OH area.

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Why Byers Airport Subaru In Columbus? Our Commitment To Our Customers

The Byers family has been serving the transportation needs of the people of Columbus for more than a century. Today, Byers Airport Subaru is your source for all things Subaru serving Westerville and New Albany. It's our staff that sets us apart from other dealerships -- we invite you to get to know the team that makes us an award-winning dealership. Subaru gave us the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award as a testament to our passion for outstanding customer service!

Visit today to take your test drive in a brand-new 2019 Subaru Forester. Of course, we've also got pre-owned models for you to browse, as well as our latest new car specials. We constantly upload new offers so you know exactly where to find our best deals. At Byers Airport Subaru, we strive to earn your business with friendly, expert service, competitive prices and the rugged, reliable Subaru lineup of vehicles. Stop by for your test drive soon at 401 North Hamilton Road, Columbus, OH 43213.

2019 Subaru Forester2019 Kia Sportage
$24,295Starting MSRP*$23,750
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
33 Highway / 26 CityFuel Economy (MPG)30 Highway / 23 City
182Horsepower181
176 lb-ftTorque175 lb-ft
8.7 InchesGround Clearance6.4 Inches
35.4 Cubic FeetCargo Volume30.7 Cubic Feet
76.1 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume60.1 Cubic Feet
StandardApple CarPlay / Android Auto SupportAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.

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