2013 Kia Sportage Overview

Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - December 15, 2012

The base Sportage comes well-equipped for the price. It starts with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 176 horsepower and mated to a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic is optional. Included in that model are power windows, mirrors and locks, tilt steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, trip computer and a four-speaker audio system with USB input and Bluetooth.

Moving up a trim, the LX spices up the exterior with 17-inch alloy wheels and privacy glass. Keyless entry is added to the power door locks and the mirrors also get turn-signal indicators. The automatic is the only transmission available. The up-level EX adds features like rear parking sensors, striking 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, telescoping adjustment to the steering wheel and floor mats. It also includes automatic headlights with LED running lights, power driver's seat and a backup camera. Kia's UVO voice recognition system is also included to control audio and iPod functions. The sporty SX adds the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 276 horsepower, a sport-tuned suspension, leather seats and keyless entry and start.

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The Ford Escape is larger and offers better in-car technology, but costs a lot more money. The Honda CR-V is also larger but there's no performance engine option. The Chevrolet Equinox boasts an optional V6 but is less sporty to drive. And the Volkswagen Tiguan has a beautiful interior and powerful engine, but it runs on premium fuel and costs thousands more.

If you don't need to have the biggest crossover in the class and don't mind the Kia badge anymore, the Sportage is a worthy opponent to the known names in the segment. With either the efficient 2.4 or the powerful 2.0 turbo, and a long range of trims that are loaded with options, there's a Sportage for every price range and customer. Anyone looking in this segment should check this Kia out.

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