The Sportage is made by the Korean automaker Kia. The compact crossover SUV has been rolling off of assembly lines since 1993. In 2010, it was named the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
“In the world of compact SUVs, long-time players like the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 go up against newer models like the Mini Countryman and Nissan Rogue,” Brauer said. “Earning a higher Total Car Score than all of them is the Kia Sportage, which rivals even mainstay models like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.”