2022 Kia Sportage: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - April 19, 2021

Model Preview

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage arrived in 2017, boasting a funky design that was sure to grab a few stares. Since this arrival, the Sportage has remained mostly the same, save for a few updates to trim levels, packages, and features. An early Kia order guide noted that 2022 will be the last year for the current-generation Sportage and indicates the S trim will no longer be offered. We expect the 2023 Sportage will be a full redesign.

In 2017, the Sportage took a big step toward the funky with its all-new looks. It arrived with a more rounded body, swept-back headlights, smooth body lines, and a prominent tiger-nose grille. Since its arrival, the exterior’s remained the same since we expect this to continue with the 2022 Sportage’s exterior.

The Sportage’s 2017 redesign also brought in a stunning new interior that included a large touchscreen, flat-bottom steering wheel, premium materials, less cheap-looking plastics, and more tasteful use of metallic hues. With it being a carryover model, we expect the 2022 Kia Sportage to remain virtually identical to the current model.

Kia Sportage

Under its hood, the 2021 Sportage comes standard with a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. In the SX trim, the Sportage gets a turbocharged 2.0liter four-pot with 240 hp and a six-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of the engine, all 2021 Sportage models come standard with front-wheel drive and have optional all-wheel drive.

The current Sportage is an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to “Good” crash tests across the board, but it falls short with its “Poor”-rated standard halogen headlights. Only the LEDs on the SX trim are up to snuff with an “Acceptable” rating. Every Sportage has standard automatic emergency braking and active lane control as standard equipment. Optional safety gear includes Blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. We expect the safety ratings and features to remain the same in the 2022 Sportage.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no firm release date for the 2022 Sportage, but we’ll know more soon.

Pricing for the 2022 Sportage also remains unclear. If it’s a carryover, we expect only inflationary pricing increases relative to the current $25,265 to $36,425 (destination fees included) MSRP range.

The 2022 Sportage will compete with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.

Pictured: 2021 Kia Sportage

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