This 2013 Kia Sportage video review includes information about fuel economy, price, technology, safety and cabin space. We compare it to other compact crossover SUVs and let you know if it's worth a test drive.
A lot of compact crossovers tend to not really be all that compact. They have tons of backseat and cargo space, and in general, are geared toward Mom and Dad. The Kia Sportage, though, is a little smaller, a lot more stylish, and in general, geared toward singles or couples.
So how much smaller is the Sportage? Well, maximum cargo capacity is more than 16 cubic feet less than a Honda CR-V or Kia's own family-friendly Sorento. That's basically equal to a midsize sedan's trunk.
There's less legroom in the back as well, and the rear seat doesn't recline or slide.
So, why should you even consider it? Well, the Kia Sportage is smaller, but it's cheaper too and you get a lot of stuff for your money. Its base price of around $19,000 makes it the cheapest SUV worth buying. With that you still get Bluetooth, satellite radio and an iPod interface.
For an extra $10,000, this EX model with the optional Premium package adds heated leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system and we could go on. Put all that stuff in something bigger and you're looking at paying between $1,000 and $4,000 more.
The Kia Sportage also has a lot of style to it that thankfully doesn't hurt its functionality. Its controls are easy to use, even for complicated things like the iPod interface and Bluetooth. Kia's voice-activated UVO system is also easier to use than Ford's similar Sync system.
The ride is pretty firm, but otherwise the Sportage is enjoyable to drive. Its handling is sharp and the 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine delivers decent acceleration. With the 260-hp turbo-4 in the sportier SX trim, it absolutely hauls.
Both actually deliver strong fuel economy, ranging from 23 to 25 mpg combined depending on the engine as well as whether you get all-wheel drive.
The government gave the front-wheel drive Kia Sportage four stars for overall crash protection, but AWD models got five. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick.
As far as the competition goes, besides bigger SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson are also worth considering. But in general, if getting the most features for your money is more important than getting the most space, the Kia Sportage is a great choice.
For more information, please read the Edmunds Kia Sportage Review.