So another two days are in the books, and I’ve learned something about the Kia that I love: Its charisma. It doesn’t make me feel less of a guy driving it. Girls don’t think I’m weird in it. If I were to be driving a crossover in the same class/price range of the Sportage, I would look like an ass.

It’s very easy to get in, start the car and just drive away, not having a care in the world. It’s very comfortable and easy to drive.

For a comparison, since I know what the CR-V and Rav4 drive like, I went to the local Chevy dealer by my house, and I drove a near-fully loaded V6 Equinox (I think you already know that it, too, is bigger than the Sportage). It was nice inside, pretty good looking on the outside, but it clearly drove more like a truck based crossover, whereas the Honda and Toyota competitors drive like car based crossovers. The Sportage is right in between there. It can feel enough like a car, but still have some feelings of a truck, without really doing anything wrong.

And so with that, I’ve nearly come to the conclusion that this is a worthy buy. But we’ll have to see in day 6 and the final review for day 7.

For now, here are some photo comparisons of the Chevy Equinox and Kia Sportage.

Thanks to Universal Chevrolet for loaning me a new Equinox to play around with.