In most cases car names bear no relevance to the car itself (what does a compact economy sedan have to do with a city in Brazil?), and while Sportage doesn't even appear in the dictionary, it's a name that suits Kia's small CUV well. Sharing the Optima's potent 260 horsepower Theta II 2.0-liter Turbo GDI as the premium of two engines offered, the little CUV scoots along nicely. For those seeking a thriftier runabout, the alternative 2.4-liter is down 84 horsepower from the turbo, but gains two MPG on the highway for a total of 30, while both engines are rated at 21-MPG in the city. High performance dampers are standard on EX and SX trims but an all around stiff suspension set up could prove to be too sporty and rough for some. Sporty looks are also standard across the board with Kia's family grill nestled between angular headlights housing trendy LED daytime running lights on all but the base trim. The well-appointed cabin offers comfortable supportive seats in the front, but limited adjustments for the 60/40 split rear bench is a tad behind some of the competition. See more... See Less

6 Available Trims
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  • 182

    HP

    21city

    28hwy

    $

    21,600

    MSRP

  • 182

    HP

    19city

    26hwy

    $

    23,100

    MSRP

  • 182

    HP

    21city

    28hwy

    $

    25,000

    MSRP

  • 182

    HP

    19city

    26hwy

    $

    26,500

    MSRP

  • 260

    HP

    20city

    26hwy

    $

    26,900

    MSRP

  • 260

    HP

    19city

    24hwy

    $

    28,400

    MSRP

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Reviews and Ratings
Overall
Pros Cons
Performance. engine is very powerful and fuel - efficient. Seat sliding is not power; it's manual
Sporty look - -looks like a more expensive vechicle No lumbar adjustment for driver.
Comfortable to drive -especially on long trips View out of rear windshield is poor
Turbo engine. no hesitation when i need to merge into heavy traffic No leather seats available
Horsepower for this class of vehicle Steering wheel angle is horrendous. bad position makes it hard to drive
Roomy interior with plenty of cargo space Poor suspension: feel every bump in road
Road handling in adverse conditions Highway driving - the interior of vehicle gets loud - from the pavement.
All the extra features for the price Back seats do not lie down flat for easier packing
Backup camera is very useful and precise Front and rear visibility while parking
Awd - automatically comes on when needed. can also turn on manually. 4-cylinder engine needs more power