Killer crossover: Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage vs Nissan X-Trail

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by Paulo Rafael Subido | Mar 30, 2011

"New" doesn't always mean "better." The Japanese manufacturers probably sense that the Koreans are poised to move in on their territory, hence the vast improvements in their cars' build quality.

Here are snippets on our Big Test contenders: 

Honda CR-V 2.4 SX 4WD. It is hard to find fault with an SUV that defined the crossover genre. Though this shape has been around since 2007, it is difficult to deny the CR-V's desirability.  

Kia Sportage EX 2WD. The new kid in town has to stand up to the established players to even be considered a threat. Is there more to the Sportage than its futuristic looks? 

Nissan X-Trail 4WD. A staple in the industry, the X-Trail is the no-nonsense choice. But what it lacks in the gadgets and gizmos, it makes up for with advanced hardware and ruggedness.


Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage and Nissan X-Trail

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Basic technical specifications Honda CR-V 2.4 SX 4WD Kia Sportage EX 2WD Nissan X-Trail 4WD
Engine 2.4-liter DOHC 16V I4 2.0-liter DOHC 16V I4 2.5-liter DOHC 16V I4
Type gasoline, naturally aspirated gasoline, naturally aspirated gasoline, naturally aspirated
Capacity (cc) 2,354 1,998 2,488
Maximum output (hp @ rpm) 168 @ 5,800 164 @ 6,200 168 @ 6,000
Maximum torque (Nm @ rpm) 218 @ 4,200 197 @ 4,600 230 @ 4,000
Transmission 5-speed AT 6-speed AT CVT
Brakes (front / rear) vented disc / solid disc vented disc / solid disc vented disc / vented disc
Front suspension independent MacPherson independent MacPherson independent MacPherson
Rear suspension relative-link double-wishbone multilink multilink
Wheels 17in alloy 17in alloy 17in alloy
Tires 225/65 R17 225/60 R17 225/60 R17
Dimensions L/W/H (mm) 4,565 / 1,820 / 1,680 4,440 / 1,855 / 1,645 4,630 / 1,785 / 1,770
Wheelbase (mm) 2,620 2,640 2,630
Curb weight (kg) 1,600 1,980 1,558
Power-to-weight ratio (hp / ton) 105 82.83 107.83
Fuel tank capacity 58 55 65


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