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2016 Kia Sportage

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2016 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
most popular
Price:   -  From $22,150
2016 LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,650
2016 EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,350
2016 EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,850
2016 SX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,990
2016 SX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,490

Overview

While it's not the most spacious compact crossover around, the Sportage has always impressed us with its lively performance and high feature content. We consider it a must-drive for shoppers looking for equals parts charisma and utility in an affordable package.

What's New for 2016

All trim levels receive additional standard equipment this year.

Kia Sportage

Choosing Your Kia Sportage

The five-passenger Sportage starts out with a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The available turbocharged 2-liter provides a stout 260 horsepower for class-leading performance. Both engines can be paired with all-wheel drive, which we consider a bargain at $1,500. The Sportage is one of the few vehicles in this class that prioritizes handling over ride comfort. Most buyers will still find the ride agreeable, if not plush.

The Sportage continues in three trim levels:

Kia Sportage

LX

Carries the 2.4-liter engine along with rear privacy glass, reclining split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. The LX rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels. The available LX Popular package ($1,000) adds a rearview camera, automatic headlamps and enhanced trim inside and out.

Kia Sportage

EX

Creates a more luxurious interior environment with heated leather seats with driver power, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Outside are heated mirrors and 18-inch wheels. The EX Premium package ($3,600) tacks on a panoramic sunroof, navigation, ventilated seats, a premium Infinity 2 sound system, a cooled glovebox, foglamps, and turn signals embedded in the side mirrors.

Kia Sportage

SX

Gets the more powerful 2-liter turbo (exclusive to this trim), plus unique trim, wheels, and exterior lighting. The SX comes standard with all the EX's options.

As with most Kia models, there are no individual factory options for the Sportage, although numerous dealer-installed accessories are available.

CarsDirect Tip

If the luxury features in the EX's Premium package appeal to you, we recommend stepping up to the SX, where all that is standard along with the game-changing turbo engine.

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Expert Review

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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While all of the 2016 Kia Sportage trims are fun to drive, the compact crossover's SX trim packs a 260-horsepower turbocharged punch that sets it apart in a highly competitive segment.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Kia Sportage is available in three different trim levels. All 2016 Sportage trims share an electronically controlled six-speed automatic with overdrive and manual-like shifting capabilities.

Front-wheel-drive is standard, but Kia's nifty all-wheel drive system is available as a $1,500 option across the board.

  • Base LX trims are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 182-horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Nicely equipped with standard features, LX models include 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and remote keyless entry. The front-wheel drive LX starts at $22,150 (plus $895 destination).
  • The EX model shares the 2.4-liter engine found in the LX, but adds leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, and push-button start. Pricing for the front-wheel drive EX begins at $25,350 (plus $895 destination).
  • Driving enthusiasts will want to investigate the nicely equipped $29,990 (plus $895 destination) SX with its zippy 260-horsepower 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Highlights include an amazing panoramic sunroof, a powerful Infinity audio system, voice-command navigation and a whole lot more.

Performance Pros

Kia Sportage

The aptly named Kia Sportage is a lot of fun to drive, especially in top spec SX form. Kia's sport-tuned crossover is designed for value minded driving enthusiasts who need plenty of utility and are willing to make a few cruising comfort compromises in the name of performance.

Performance Cons

  • The sport-tuned suspension of the Sportage can be a little punishing at times.
  • All-wheel drive comes with a considerable tax on fuel economy. Adding the turbocharged horsepower robs even more. An all-wheel drive turbo SX, while arguably the most fun to drive, is only good for 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined.

Interior Pros

Kia Sportage

The bold interior styling continues the sporty theme of the Kia's exterior. With plenty of standard features even in base LX trim, the Sportage's cabin is youthful and fun. Controls are easily accessible, and voice-command navigation (optional in the EX, standard in the SX) is one of the easiest to use in the industry.

Interior Cons

  • Kia's greenhouse design favors style over practicality. The chunky C-pillar makes checking the blind spot a bigger project than it should be.
  • Rear seat legroom is tight, and cargo space is among the worst in the segment.

Most Pleasant Surprise

Kia's turbocharged 2-liter is an absolute blast to drive. Being able to sneak a little chirp out of the tires while rolling in second gear took me completely off guard -- the first time.

Least Pleasant Surprise

Obviously, my raucous horseplay cost me some miles per gallon, but it is still disappointing that a crossover of this size can be so thirsty.

Bottom Line

The 2016 Kia Sportage lives up to its name. Kia's compact crossover combines performance-themed styling, ample power (especially in the 260-horsepower SX), and a lively sport-tuned suspension that can make casual trips to the grocery store something to look forward to.

There are certainly compact crossovers that offer better gas mileage and cargo space, but the fun-loving Sportage has that X-factor that may win you over during a spirited test drive.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 182 HP / 177 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 182 HP / 177 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$58
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
54.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
174.8 "
Exterior Width
73.0 "
Exterior Height
64.4 "
Front Headroom
39.1 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
37.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,280 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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