2018 GMC Terrain vs. 2018 Kia Sportage

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  • 2018 GMC Terrain

    2018 GMC Terrain

    Starting at

    $24,995

    2018 Kia Sportage

    2018 Kia Sportage

    Starting at

    $23,600

    39Highway MPG30
    203 lb-ftTorque175 lb-ft
    63.3 cu-ft.Max Cargo Space60.1 cu-ft.

    Many considering a new SUV will be curious to see how well the 2018 GMC Terrain vs. 2018 Kia Sportage rank against each other. The 2018 GMC Terrain is a force to be reckoned with. It is strong, stylish, spacious, and smart in all the ways you want your SUV to be. The design is boldly simplistic which brings out a more refreshingly suitable charm that you wouldn’t generally anticipate from a GMC vehicle. As for the performance, the 2018 Terrain is beyond stable and has a power output that is at the higher end of the spectrum for an SUV in its class. But, before you think this SUV is all brawn, the features it offers are technically advanced while the materials used are high quality, giving it a sophisticated presence.

    In comparison, the 2018 Kia Sportage is also fairly athletic with its power output, but it falls short in design. The performance capability is just a hair better than the 2018 Terrain, but honestly, that increase may not be worth it once you see it’s more quirky design, that not only is something that will have to grow on you but is also offer less utility.

    The 2018 Kia Sportage is a strong competitor for the 2018 GMC Terrain, but only one has the balance you expect and desire from an SUV.

  • Value

    Value is often subjective, but the more trims a vehicle offers, the better chances you are of finding one that suits your needs as well as your budget. The 2018 GMC Terrain offers more options for you to choose from which will allow you to find the one that offers the best personal value for you.

    2018 GMC Terrain

    The 2018 GMC Terrain starts off in the $25,000 range which although is one of the more expensive models in the class is worth every cent you invest into it. The GMC Terrain LS is the base trim and while it offers all the standard features you need in a vehicle, if you truly want to get the best out of your Terrain you will want to upgrade to the SLE or SLT trims, which will be an additional three to five thousand for the increase in comfort, safety, entertainment and convenience technology. These are also the two trims beyond those that will offer you the diesel powertrain. For the most luxurious 2018 GMC Terrain experience, you will want GMC’s legendary Denali trim starting just over $37,000.

    2018 Kia Sportage

    The 2018 Kia Sportage offers three trim levels compared to the Terrain’s solid four trim levels. The LX is the base trim of the Sportage model and will cost you $23,600 to start which is average for a vehicle of its class. The middle trim is the Sportage EX, starting at $26,400, and delivers some serious upgrades such as heated leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 7-inch infotainment system for endless connectivity and entertainment. Finally, the highest trim is the Sportage SX Turbo which starts at $32,900 and offers everything this model has to offer in both convenience features and performance potential. If you upgrade to the best, you will get the 240 hp engine standard for mechanical prowess, a panoramic sunroof for aesthetic, and Liftgate system for convenience.

  • Performance

    The 2018 Kia Sportage isn’t exactly the most traditional option when it comes to looks. The bowtie-shaped grille alone will draw your eye, and not necessarily in a positive way when you are just looking for the reliable and stylish SUV. The 2018 Sportage is clearly an attempt at a modern twist on the classic SUV, but honestly, it looks as though it could still be in the testing phase of the design process. If there is one word to describe the exterior of the 2018 Sportage, that word would be unconventional.
    The interior at least is fairly comforting to look at and well designed. The materials are soft while the controls are driver-oriented and easy to navigate. The 2018 Kia Sportage also has room to spare with 60/40 split rear seating that is easy to fold and allows for 60.1 ft³ of cargo space.
    The 2018 Kia Sportage is well-designed on the inside, but the exterior is a more subjective topic of discussion.

    2018 GMC Terrain

    The 2018 GMC Terrain offers three engines that can outperform almost any other SUV in its class. The base engine is a 170 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine that works perfectly for the everyday commuter. The next engine is a 252 hp 4-cylinder turbo engine which accelerates beyond expectation and can haul with the best with 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. The 2018 GMC Terrain also offers something very few in its class would even consider offering; a turbo diesel powertrain. The diesel engine produces 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque that not only can accelerate and tow with amazing potential, but it will also grant you a fantastic 39 mpg highway for wallet-saving fuel efficiency.
    The driving experience of the GMC Terrain is better them the majority of those within the compact SUV class. It is athletic in performance and refined by design. The Terrain will always be a tribute to its name by allowing its drivers the power and control required to get over even the roughest roads.

    2018 Kia Sportage

    The 2018 Kia Sportage starts you off with a 181 hp 4-cylinder engine that is fine for the more causal city-drivers. Upgrade though, and you will get a 240 hp 4-cylinder turbo engine that outmatches almost every other vehicle in its class in horsepower. That being said, it is not flawless when it comes to performance.
    Fuel efficiency is at best 29 mpg highway which is a bit of a let down compared to the impressive efficiency of the 2018 Terrain and its diesel option. The 2018 Sportage also only offers 1,650 pounds of towing potential. The Sportage is overall an athletic ride that does its namesake justice, but it most certainly is not the best or most versatile option on the market.

  • Design

    The design of these two SUVs couldn’t be more different. While the 2018 GMC terrain sticks to the classic SUV design while also implementing its own mix of boldness and refinement, the 2018 Kia Sportage take a more dynamic approach that may not have the same appeal.

    2018 GMC Terrain

    The design of the 2018 GMC Terrain is almost scary in how well it reflects its mission so perfectly. The purpose of the 2018 GMC Terrain is to provide both power and refinements all in one convenient SUV, and it manages to do that with seamless style. The C-shaped lights are one of the most unique and refined features of any automotive exterior which displayed in both the front and in back. The grill is clearly distinctive in design from its chrome outline to its signature GMC logo front and center to prove you truly have a taste for powerful and brilliant vehicles. The Aluminum wheels come in multiple sizes and can work to increase both the refinement and the boldness all at the same time.
    Moving to the interior, you will find every inch of the 2018 GMC Terrain is easy to navigate and soft to the touch with only the highest-quality materials available. The leather seating available with higher level trims is especially seductive to feel and look at. Additionally, the utility is amazingly versatile with 29.6 ft³ of cargo space when you have five passengers and 63.3 ft³ if you easily fold down the 60/40 split rear seating to open up a flat surface. It takes every inch of its dimensions and uses them as efficiently for your convenience.
    Overall, the design of the 2018 GMC Terrain is nothing short of flawless in every sense of the word, making it not only strong and intelligent, but stylish as well.

    2018 Kia Sportage

    The 2018 Kia Sportage isn’t exactly the most traditional option when it comes to looks. The bowtie-shaped grille alone will draw your eye, and not necessarily in a positive way when you are just looking for the reliable and stylish SUV. The 2018 Sportage is clearly an attempt at a modern twist on the classic SUV, but honestly, it looks as though it could still be in the testing phase of the design process. If there is one word to describe the exterior of the 2018 Sportage, that word would be unconventional.
    The interior at least is fairly comforting to look at and well designed. The materials are soft while the controls are driver-oriented and easy to navigate. The 2018 Kia Sportage also has room to spare with 60/40 split rear seating that is easy to fold and allows for 60.1 ft³ of cargo space.
    The 2018 Kia Sportage is well-designed on the inside, but the exterior is a more subjective topic of discussion.

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