Horsepower

Torque

Sportage 2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

181 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo AWD 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

237 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo FWD 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Outback 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

175 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

Outback 3.6R 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

256 HP

247 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sportage 2.4 4-cylinder is faster than the Outback 2.5i:

Sportage

Outback

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

82.1 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sportage SX Turbo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outback:

Sportage SX Turbo

Outback

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.8 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Outback:

Sportage

Outback

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outback (245/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outback.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Outback 2.5i Limited (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Outback’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Subaru Outback.

The Sportage is 1 foot, 1.5 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Sportage has .2 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Outback.

Cargo Capacity

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

Servicing Ease

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The Sportage has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Outback doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Sportage and the Outback have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sportage is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outback prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Outback doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

Both the Sportage and the Outback 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 Outback Base/Premium doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

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The Sportage is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Outback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Outback because it costs $264 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Outback, including $20 less for a water pump, $11 less for front brake pads, $223 less for a starter, $123 less for a fuel pump, $98 less for front struts and $88 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports? recommends both the Kia Sportage and the Subaru Outback, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage third among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outback isn’t in the top three in its category.

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