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