2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Kia Sportage in Boulder CO

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Kia Sportage

The Subaru Forester continues to gain in popularity thanks to advanced safety and other high-tech features, off-road capability, and standard all-wheel drive. It's not the most luxurious small crossover, but it does come feature-packed, and it retains its value better than all competing models in its segment. From an investment standpoint, it's an excellent buy. The 2019 Subaru Forester is on display at the Boulder Subaru dealership and is ready for inspection and test drive. This model is often compared side-by-side to the ever-popular Kia Sportage. The 2019 Kia Sportage is also quite capable at tackling the byways and off-roads, and it can be customized to some extent. However, the current generation Sportage is getting on in years, and the 2019 model presents no real upgrades or additional high-tech. For a more detailed comparison of the two models, read on.

Boulder CO - 2019 Subaru Forester's Overview

Exterior - 2019 Subaru Forester

The 2019 Forester has been completely redesigned both on the inside and the exterior. New for 2019 is a larger cargo area, and the passenger seating volume has also increased. The 2.5L engine now delivers more horsepower, and the Subaru EyeSight safety system is now standard across the trim lineup. The overall vehicle dimensions have grown a bit from last year as well. The roofline is still high and has an appealing, gradual slope that doesn't intrude on passenger headroom. The front end has been reworked as well. On the other hand, the 2019 Sportage sees no significant upgrades. It's virtually the same model as last year's offering although the price has been hiked a bit.

Boulder CO - 2019 Subaru Forester's Exterior

Interior - 2019 Subaru Forester in/near Boulder CO

Much like the Legacy sedan, the 2019 Forester is built to go where many passenger cars won't dare. The standard all-wheel drive, attractive and functional roof rails, and wide vehicle stance make this a great choice for those who expect to be doing a lot of back-country driving or travel in snow or inclement weather. Thanks to the slight lengthening of the vehicle, there's now more space than ever behind the rear seating area. Small item storage is a breeze thanks to the multitude of pockets, slips, and cubbies. The front center console also has a generous amount of small-item storage capacity.

Boulder CO - 2019 Subaru Forester's Interior

Mechanical - Subaru Forester specs in/near Boulder

Functionality is priority number one for Subaru, and the Forester is no exception. The rear seating area is a bit smaller than that on the Sportage, but most buyers won't care because of the huge cargo area. The front seats are big and wide, and the front controls are logically placed and easy to reach. The 2019 Subaru Forester also boasts headroom for six-footers in the rear seating area. Many rivals pretty much design their models' rear seating area for kids, so it should be mentioned that the Sportage rear seating area can actually accommodate adults. However, the big rear seats come at a price, and that's the inability for them to fold flat for an increased amount of cargo volume.

Boulder CO - 2019 Subaru Forester's Mechanical
Powertrain - Subaru Forester specs in/near Boulder CO

The base trim Forester comes with push-button start, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, and satellite radio. Subaru's Starlink app suite is also included. For just a bit more out-of-pocket, one can choose the Premium trim and enjoy a panoramic sunroof, a color driver display, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Premium even comes with rear air vents, a cargo cover, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, and this is only a mid-level trim. The 2019 Sportage base trim comes with rear privacy glass, Bluetooth, and satellite radio, but a package add-on must be ordered for the addition of smartphone app integration and automatic climate control. The 2019 Kia Sportage may end up costing more than the 2019 Forester if the buyer wants the latest high-tech features.

Safety - 2019 Subaru Forester dealer

The famous EyeSight safety system is now standard on all Forester trims. This suite includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The uplevel trims add on reverse emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. The new and exciting DriverFocus system is standard on the Touring trim. It incorporates a head-tracking feature and sounds an alert when the system detects driver inattentiveness. Its facial recognition software matches the driver to the seat and mirror adjustment and automatically changes these positions based on the driver's last trip. The 2019 Sportage has nothing like this.

The Sportage also lacks some of the most desired safety features on the base trim. One must purchase the EX or SX in order to get frontal collision warning. In Boulder CO and surrounding communities, the Boulder Subaru dealership is the place to go for the best selection and price on a new 2019 Subaru Forester model. Compare the 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Kia Sportage to see how the Forester comes out ahead in some very important categories. Take it for a test drive, and ask the dealer about current inventory and package options.