2016 Kia Sportage Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 10, 2016 7:50 AM

Sporty indeed, and stylish too.

In a category dominated by me-too 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. The Sportage serves as a forceful design statement from this manufacturer. And much like with Kia's midsize Optima sedan, buyers have taken notice. The Kia Sportage is smaller inside and out than many of its competitors, which can be either a strength or a shortcoming depending on your situation.

Driving It

"There are two distinct personalities lurking beneath the 2016 Kia Sportage's skin. Chose a model powered by the 182-horsepower 2.4-liter engine and you'll get a competitive compact-crossover SUV with decent performance, so-so fuel economy and a long list of standard features...Pick the sleek SX trim and you'll get a 260-horsepower turbocharged engine that smokes everything in its class, save for the 250-horsepower Subaru Forester XT." Find out more in our 2016 Kia Sportage full review.

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 around $23,000, 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 2016 Kia Sportage to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

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 it's more peace of mind than practical, because the latest Sportage has so far proven well-built and reliable.

2017 Sportage

Kia recently unveiled the all-new fourth-generation Sportage, set to go on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model. Read more about the new SUV here.


Consumer Reviews

Plenty of owners noted their happiness with the Sportage's reliability, and SX owners are pleased with the fun-to-drive factor, as at least one SX owner mentioned: "The suspension is a bit harsh in very bumpy area due to the stiffness for the SX model, but when it comes to the back roads and lots of curve this thing is awesome. Smooth riding on the interstate and plenty of power to merge unto traffic." Read more Kia Sportage consumer reviews.

More Compact SUVs

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. Check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the category.