Used 2016 Kia Sportage SUV
Kia Sportage SUV
The 2016 Kia Sportage is the stylish compact-crossover SUV that mixes athleticism with economy and affordability.
2016 Kia Sportage Pricing
Cars For Sale
2016 Kia Sportage KBB Expert Review
For 2016 the Kia Sportage remains one of the most stylish and feature-rich compact- crossover SUVs one can buy. Up against the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and even the new Hyundai Tucson, Kia’s 2016 Sportage compact-crossover SUV plays in an increasingly crowded field. All of these competitors offer more interior room, better fuel economy and a smoother ride than the Sportage, so Kia’s little SUV has to emphasize its strong points, namely its available 260-horsepower turbocharged engine and sleek exterior styling. Although it offers a bit more horsepower than the Subaru Forester XT, the Sportage is no match for the Subaru’s impressive combination of fuel economy, handling and interior accommodations. Then again, the Sportage’s styling is superior to the Forester, as is its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
You'll Like This Car If...
Think of the 2016 Kia Sportage as a sporty 5-door hatchback with a bit more ground clearance. Those who like rapid acceleration in an economy-minded crossover SUV that looks more expensive than it really is will love what the Sportage has to offer.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If your compact-crossover-SUV needs include a smooth ride, lots of interior space and the ability to go off-road, a Subaru Forester, Ford Escape or Hyundai Tucson might be a better choice.
What's New for 2016
Enhancements for Kia’s 2016 Sportage compact SUV are limited to some option shuffling. The EX loses its standard Infinity audio and UVO (now part of the Premium package), but gains leather seating and Smart Key with push-button start. The LX’s Popular package gains a touch-screen display and a rearview camera.
There are two distinct personalities lurking beneath the 2016 Kia Sportage’s skin. Choose 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. For the same money, however, you could get similar performance, better fuel economy and more interior room from a Mazda CX-5 or Nissan Rogue. 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. Unlike the Forester, however, the Sportage’s stiff suspension doesn’t translate into superior handling. Excessive body lean coupled with a bouncy ride conspire to take the fun out of winding back roads, which relegates the Sportage to being a straight-line performer. We also have issues with the Sportage’s narrow windows and thick pillars that severely limit 360-degree visibility.
The 2016 Kia Sportage compact SUV offers a huge panoramic sunroof that helps lessen the otherwise claustrophobic feel inside the Sportage’s smallish cabin.
2.0-LITER TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
If you’re the type that likes jackrabbit starts and V6-like passing power, the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the 2016 Kia Sportage is your kind of animal. Its 260 horsepower makes it the most powerful vehicle in the compact-SUV class.
Generally speaking, we like the 2016 Kia Sportage interior. The comfortable front seats and simple controls make it easy to drive around town. Rear passengers will like the roomy rear seats, but if you're looking to haul cargo, the modest 54.6-cubic-foot cargo hold you get with those seats folded may not cut it as well as a Honda CR-V, which offers over 70 cubic feet of cargo space. That said, we like the leather seating on EX and SX models, which adds support and style. While we're fans of the panoramic sunroof, we wish the sunshades were power-operated, not manual.
Kia calls its signature grille design a "tiger nose," although we're not sure we see the resemblance. Regardless, sweptback headlights flank the distinctive grille, fitting with the sharp lines and narrow side glass of the Sportage. The Sportage's high beltline and big wheel-and-tire combo make it look a bit like a hopped-up VW GTI. Don't be fooled by the Sportage's sporty appearance, however, because its available all-wheel drive and nearly seven inches of ground clearance make it a capable compact SUV.
Notable Standard Equipment
The Kia Sportage LX comes with a 6-speaker audio system that includes Bluetooth, USB and SiriusXM satellite radio, and steering-wheel-mounted buttons for audio, phone and cruise control. An Active Eco system helps drivers save fuel, and rear-seat passengers get their own air-conditioning duct. Also included is a tilt/telescoping steering column and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The Sportage SX gains Kia's UVO infotainment system, Infinity premium audio system with a subwoofer, navigation, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, high-intensity headlights, plus the turbocharged engine and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Notable Optional Equipment
All-wheel drive (AWD) is the most important stand-alone option on the Kia Sportage, adding $1,500 to the price over any front-wheel-drive (FWD) model. You can enhance the LX with UVO eServices and the Popular package, which bundles touch-screen audio, a rearview camera and automatic headlights. The EX Premium package adds the panoramic sunroof, a cooled glove box, integrated outside-mirror turn signals, Infinity audio, heated outside mirrors and fog lights.
Under the Hood
The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder under the hood of LX and EX Sportage SUVs may be overshadowed by its turbocharged cousin, but with advanced fuel injection and competitive power and torque, it's no slouch. But, yes, we have to admit we like the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the SX. Who wouldn't? With 260 horsepower delivered smoothly through its 6-speed automatic transmission, it gives you the power of a V6 engine. Like the turbo, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is connected to a 6-speed automatic, which can be shifted manually. While both engines are competitive in power, they lag the field in fuel economy.
182 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 mpg (FWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 1,850-3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (FWD), 19/25 mpg (AWD)
The 2016 Kia Sportage compact SUV starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a bit more than $23,000. The additional features of the EX model start just north of $26,000, while the turbocharged SX is right under the $31,000 mark. Note that all-wheel drive adds $1,500 to the price of any Sportage. A fully loaded AWD SX will run you about $33,000, but we think a better bet is the mid-level EX with the Premium package, which lacks the turbo's power, but gets better fuel economy. Be sure to check KBB's Fair Purchase Price before you buy to see what others are paying for the Kia Sportage in your area. Residuals won't be quite as good as the Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester, but probably on par with the Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4, and better than the Nissan Rogue, Jeep Compass and VW Tiguan.
Kia Sportage Consumer Reviews
January 18, 2019
2012 Kia Sportage
I purchased my used 2012 Kia Sportage the middle of 2017. It is now Jan. 2019. I have driven the heck out of this SUV and it always...
December 23, 2017
Roomy, Comfy and Fun to Drive.
I just bought my 2011 KIA Sportage 2 WD LX on October 27,2017 this year. The KIA Sportage already had 90,946 miles on it. I was not...
March 23, 2017
best car purchase
This car has been the best auto purchase that I have made in a long time. It drives great, is good on messy slick roads, has plenty of...
December 01, 2016
really like this vehicle I leased, want to buy it
has rear view camera added
September 09, 2016
Love the car!
I bought this used car with 35000 miles on it. I really love the car because of its cool style especially with two moonroofs which are...
June 30, 2016
Great for the price!
Great SUV for the $20k price tag. Ours is AWD cloth interior, the seat material is a firm type of fabric that is durable and extremely...
June 16, 2016
I’m not an expert, but an owner. I never ever have owned a Kia before this one, and to be honest, I was very suspicious about Kia's car,...
May 20, 2016
Love this car
Really love this car will miss not having one. Wanted the 2017 couldn't wait. Dealer only had the LX have to move on. Loved the car......
January 15, 2016
Great family vehicle That is fun to drive!
We needed a family vehicle with a little more room. with that being said We have always owned sporty two door cars and truck, so the...
January 12, 2016
Love my Sportage
Got a used 2014 Sportage with 32000 miles on it. However, it looks and feels almost brand new. Real smooth to drive. Love almost...