Sporty indeed, and stylish too
In a category dominated by me-too (sheet)metal and derivative drivetrains, Kia's Sportage stands out for both what's under the hood (two 4-cylinder engines, including one boasting 260 turbocharged horses) and the hood itself. No manufacturer currently makes a more forceful design statement with their compact SUV. And much like Kia's midsize Optima sedan, buyers have taken notice.
Our full review of the 2013 Kia Sportage highlights its fun-to-drive nature: "The 2013 Kia Sportage's taut suspension and powerful engine choices put the 'sport' in Sport Utility Vehicle. Compared with its nearest competitors, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the 2013 Kia Sportage SUV rides a bit stiffer, but delivers better cornering and recovery from sharp dips in the road."
Build and Price
Like most entries in the compact SUV segment, the marketers seduce the consumer with a low starting point on a base model - and then quickly add another $10,000 in available trim levels, options, packages and accessories. That entry-level Sportage LX, priced at just over $20,000, is - to its credit - comfortably equipped. But you can also spend over $32K for an all-wheel drive Sportage SX. Build and price your own Sportage right here at KBB.com to find out how much yours would cost.
The Journey of 100,000 miles
Along with its Hyundai Tucson corporate cousin, the Kia Sportage has the best warranty in the segment: a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. But its more peace of mind than practical, because the latest Sportage has so far proven well-built and reliable.
The current-gen Sportage is in the middle of its lifecycle, likely a couple years away from a significant redesign. Minor changes for 2014 include an updated base engine.
As might be expected, Kia's Sportage SX - with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four - constitutes a real difference in the compact SUV category, as at least one owner has suggested. "The SX turbo is awesome and a blast to drive. The sport handling is better also than the EX. The bottom line is that this car rocks and has all you need, inside and out, with exhilarating performance." Read more consumer reviews of the Sportage.
The sporty and stylish Kia Sportage is but one of a dozen or so compact SUVs available for your consideration, many of them roomier and more comfort-oriented.
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