Used 2012 Kia Sportage

2012 Kia Sportage
List price range
$8,994 - $16,990

Pros

  • Sharp styling inside and out
  • more fun to drive than other crossovers
  • powerful and efficient turbo engine in SX trim
  • plenty of premium features
  • intuitive controls.

Cons

  • Stiff-legged ride
  • backseat doesn't slide or recline
  • less cargo capacity than other crossovers.

Used 2012 Kia Sportage for Sale

Kia Sportage 2012 LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
84,951 miles
Used 2012
Kia Sportage
LX
Club Cars
20.2 mi away
List$11,400
Est.Loan: $213/mo
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Dealer Notes
-Balance of factory warranty -Clean car fax history report Body Side Moldings - Body-Color, Door Handle Color - Body-Color, Grille Color - Chrome, Mirror Color - Body-Color, Rear Bumper Color - Body-Color, Turns Lock-To-Lock - 3.0, Armrests - Rear Center Folding With Storage, Armrests - Rear Center With Cupholders, Door Sill Trim - Scuff Plate, Floor Material - Carpet, Front Air Conditioning, Front Air Conditioning Zones - Single, Interior Accents - Metallic-Tone, Cargo Area Light, Center Console - Front Console With Armrest And Storage, Cruise Control, Cupholders - Front, Cupholders - Rear, Dimming Rearview Mirror - Manual Day/Night, Multi-Function Remote - Keyless Entry, Multi-Function Remote - Panic Alarm, One-Touch Windows - 1, Power Outlet%28S%29 - 12v, Power Outlet%28S%29 - Front And Rear, Power Steering - Variable/Speed-Proportional, Reading Lights - Front, Reading Lights - Rear, Retained Accessory Power, Steering Wheel - Tilt, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Audio, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Phone, Storage - Accessory Hook, Storage - Cargo Tie-Down Anchors And Hooks, Storage - Door Pockets, Storage - Front Seatback, Storage - In Floor, Vanity Mirrors - Dual Illuminating, Front Brake Type - Ventilated Disc, Front Spring Type - Coil, Front Struts - Macpherson, Front Suspension Type - Lower Control Arms, Hill Descent Control, Hill Holder Control, Rear Brake Type - Disc, Rear Shock Type - Gas, Rear Spring Type - Coil, 4wd Type - On Demand, Abs - 4-Wheel, Axle Ratio - 3.20, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Front Brake Diameter - 11.8, Front Suspension Classification - Independent, Locking Differential - Center, Rear Brake Diameter - 11.2, Rear Stabilizer Bar, Rear Suspension Classification - Independent, Rear Suspension Type - Multi-Link, Stability Control, Traction Control, Battery Saver, Gauge - Tachometer, In-Dash Cd - Mp3 Playback, Total Speakers - 4, Warnings And Reminders - Tire Fill Alert, Wireless Data Link - Bluetooth, Antenna Type - Mast, Auxiliary Audio Input - Jack, Auxiliary Audio Input - Usb, In-Dash Cd - Single Disc, Radio - Am/Fm, Satellite Radio - Siriusxm, Trip Computer, Warnings And Reminders - Low Fuel Level, Exterior Entry Lights, Liftgate Window - Manual Flip-Up, Rear Door Type - Power Liftgate, Taillights - Led Rear Center, Spare Tire Mount Location - Inside, Spare Tire Size - Temporary, Spare Wheel Type - Steel, Tire Type - All Season, Wheels - Alloy, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Window Defogger - Rear, Power Windows, Rear Privacy Glass, Rear Wiper - Variable Intermittent, 2-Stage Unlocking Doors, Active Head Restraints - Dual Front, Child Safety Door Locks, Child Seat Anchors - Latch System, Front Airbags - Dual, Power Door Locks, Side Airbags - Front, Side Curtain Airbags - Front, Side Mirror Adjustments - Power, Side Mirrors - Integrated Turn Signals, Side-Curtain Airbag Rollover Sensor, Driver Seat Manual Adjustments - 4, Driver Seat Manual Adjustments - Height, Driver Seat Manual Adjustments - Reclining, Front Headrests - 2, Front Headrests - Adjustable, Front Seat Type - Bucket, Front Seatbelts - 3-Point, Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments - 4, Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments - Reclining, Rear Headrests - 3, Rear Headrests - Adjustable, Rear Seat Folding - Flat, Rear Seat Type - 60-40 Split Bench, Rear Seatbelts - 3-Point, Seatbelt Force Limiters - Front, Seatbelt Pretensioners - Front, Upholstery - Cloth
Kia Sportage 2012 LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
91,661 miles
Used 2012
Kia Sportage
LX
Motor World
26.4 mi away
List$8,995
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Dealer Notes
Here it is%2521%2521 Hold on to your seats%2521%2521%2521 Kia has done it again%2521%2521%2521 They have built some respectable vehicles and this respectable LX is no exception... New In Stock.. Safety equipment includes%3A ABS, Traction control, Curtain airbags, Passenger Airbag, Stability control...Other features include%3A Bluetooth, Power windows, Air conditioning, Cruise control, Audio controls on steering wheel... 2.4 L liter inline 4 cylinder DOHC engine with variable valve timing, 4 Doors, 4-wheel ABS brakes, Air conditioning, Audio controls on steering wheel, Bluetooth, Center Console - Full with covered storage, Clock - In-dash, Cruise control, Descent Control - Hill descent control, External temperature display, Front seat type - Bucket, Front-wheel drive, Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row, Interior air filtration, Intermittent window wipers, Overhead console - Mini with storage, Passenger Airbag, Power mirrors, Power windows with 1 one-touch, Privacy/tinted glass, Rear bench seats, Rear defogger, Rear wiper, Speed-proportional power steering, Stability control, Tachometer, Traction control - ABS and driveline, Transmission hill holder, Trip computer
Kia Sportage 2012 LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
105,467 miles
Used 2012
Kia Sportage
LX
List$8,994
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Kia Sportage 2012 LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
100,967 miles
Used 2012
Kia Sportage
LX
List$11,898
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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Kia Sportage 2012 EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
42,242 miles
Used 2012
Kia Sportage
EX
(1)
Umansky Honda
83.5 mi away
List$12,775
Est.Loan: $239/mo
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Kia Sportage 2012 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
63,477 miles
Used 2012
Kia Sportage
Base
Wissler Motors
90.5 mi away
List$11,900
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Thanks to a fun-to-drive nature, the 2012 Kia Sportage is a realistic alternative to other top small crossover SUVs on the market.

vehicle overview

Just like people, vehicles have personalities ranging from bland and boring to stylish and entertaining. If you accept that premise, it's safe to say the 2012 Kia Sportage comes down on the "cool kid" end of the continuum.

Part of the appeal of this small crossover SUV is simply that it's such a dramatic departure from earlier versions, all of which were largely forgettable. This time around, the third-generation Sportage offers a near-ideal balance of style and substance, with an eye-catching look and a lively driving character that many of its competitors can't match.

Truth be told, the Sportage's 176-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine is merely adequate. But this is outweighed by firm suspension tuning that makes for nimble handling. If that's not enough, though, the 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the SX model -- not to mention its sport-tuned suspension -- makes the Sportage one of the quickest models in its segment.

Every personality has its character flaws, though. In this case, it's a ride quality that might be too harsh for some people's tastes -- especially in SX form. The interior's relative lack of cargo and passenger room compared to competitors like the Chevy Equinox, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 may also be an issue for many buyers. Kia's own Sorento is also worth considering for those with a need for greater space.

If you don't have such a need, the 2012 Kia Sportage is a strong choice compared to SUVs with similar interior volume like the Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-7 and Volkswagen Tiguan. While all have their strong points, the 2012 Kia Sportage has a unique personality that may very well just win you over.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV with seating for five. There are now a total of four trim levels available, including Base, LX, EX and SX.

Standard features on the base model include 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, full power accessories, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

Stepping up to the Sportage LX adds 17-inch alloy wheels, turn signals integrated into the exterior mirrors, tinted rear windows and keyless entry. The Convenience package adds rear parking sensors, a rear spoiler, roof rails, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and floor mats.

The Sportage EX includes the Convenience package along with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an easier-folding rear seat, a rearview camera, the Uvo voice-activated cell phone and audio interface, and an upgraded sound system with HD radio, digital music storage and a small touchscreen interface. The EX Premium package adds a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, the SX's upgraded gauges, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a cooled driver seat and an auto-dimming mirror.

The SX model adds to the EX's standard equipment a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded gauges, leather upholstery and distinctive exterior and interior styling details. The SX Premium package is similar to the EX version.

A navigation system with a touchscreen interface and real-time traffic is optional on all but the base Sportage. On the LX, the nav system includes an upgraded audio system.

2012 Highlights

For 2012, every Kia Sportage gets revised suspension tuning for improved handing. Kia has also added more sound insulation to reduce noise. LX models get standard 17-inch alloy wheels and low-rolling-resistance tires. EX and SX models now come standard with Kia's Uvo hands-free interface for cell phones and portable music players.

performance & mpg

Most versions of the 2012 Kia Sportage are powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4-cylinder engine that produces 176 hp and 168 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered on base models, while all other versions come with a six-speed automatic with manual shift feature.

Front-wheel drive is standard on all Sportage models and all-wheel drive is offered as an option on all but the base model. In Edmunds performance tests, a front-wheel-drive Sportage with the 2.4-liter engine and automatic accelerated to 60 mph from a standstill in 9.5 seconds, an average time for this class. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the automatic and front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive drops those to 20/27/23.

The SX model gets a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out an impressive 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in a very quick 6.5 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy is 21/28/24 with front-wheel drive and 20/25/22 with AWD, although we've found the Sportage SX struggles to match these numbers in real-world driving.

safety

Standard safety features on all 2012 Kia Sportage models include front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints, antilock disc brakes, traction control and stability control, as well as hill descent and hill start control.

In Edmunds brake testing, an EX came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet -- a solid performance for this type of vehicle. The sport-oriented SX was better at 117 feet. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the Sportage received the highest rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

driving

While the 2012 Kia Sportage is by no means a tall four-door sports car, it's still relatively fun to drive. The 2.4-liter engine gives it enough get-up-and-go to be interesting and the six-speed automatic transmission works well in both fully automatic and manual shift modes. The turbocharged engine is energetic, though its impressive fuel economy numbers are predicated on your being conservative with the throttle.

Handling is better than average thanks to the Sportage's stiffer suspension. The downside is a firm ride quality that, when coupled with the available 18-inch alloy wheels, transmits even small pavement irregularities directly to your backside.

interior

The 2012 Kia Sportage's interior features a pleasing mix of complex and organic shapes to create a more interesting look than most competitors manage. There is quite a bit of hard plastic throughout the cabin, but for the most part, it's well textured and adequately padded where passengers generally make contact.

The front seats are nicely contoured and offer good comfort, with adequate headroom and legroom. The 60/40-split rear seat is set up for three passengers, but it's tight enough that it's just passable for a couple of adults. The fact that this seat lacks the ability to recline and slide fore and aft as they do in many competitors is a weak point.

The interior's other major shortcoming is its relative lack of cargo space compared to some other small crossover SUVs. Behind the rear seats are just 26.1 cubic feet of space, which grows to 54.6 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks laid flat. To put that last number in perspective, that makes it about 15 cubic feet smaller than the cargo holds of both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.


Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Kia Sportage.

Fun to drive vehicle with it's quriks.
mjonm, 5/29/2012
Fun to drive SUV. We replaced a 2006 Nissan Murano that was a gas hog,and was falling apart and this is a much better SUV. The Nissan rogue we test drove was a piece of crap,and the visibility was horrible and the CRV? garbage,RAV 4? ugly. The Sportage offers alot of excellent standard features over those other models. The only downsize is the hard plastic interior that easily scratches even if you breathe on it. Kia should improve it and make the interior better quality and durable with softer touch materials and padding.
BUILT SOLID & FUN TO DRIVE
alikcee, 1/8/2012
My first foreigners car..I exchange my Ford explorer V8 to this Brand new Sportage 2012 in Signal Red..I really liked it. I thought I am down grading my car to 4cylender car but not. I can't feel the difference. While I am going up a stiff hill I thought this car will give up on me. This baby went up up up up zoommmmm...Very cool . Very quality , firmed , the audio package wow wow wow..I didn't regret to buy this suv , paid in cash too.. When I am driving, I got so much attention .:) Love my Brand new sportage . I am not going to the pump very often like my v8 ford explorer..I love american made cars but I want to give this a try...Glad I did...No regrets..
Fun with Turbo
christophg, 7/25/2012
Overall I am very happy with my purchase. The car is actually faster then I expected. The Turbo must work wonders with the little 2.0 liter. Even at 80 MPH, it still has some room to go. I have the Navigation option which I think is overpriced & would probably be better off with just using my iPhone. Fuel economy is not as good as I expected but it never is & I drive it pretty aggressively. It seems to have more road noise than some of its competitors & this was supposed to be improved on this model year.
Just What I Wanted
sakenstein, 11/4/2011
I traded my Infiniti G37x (which I loved) for the Sportage primarily because the Infiniti was too fast for my soon-to-be-driving son. The gas mileage is not as good as I expected. In the first few hundred miles (I have 2500 now), I was getting about 25 mpg combined. That has since been averaging about 20-21 which is still better than the G37x. As for the price, I don't think there's a better value for what you get: AWD, Uvo system, nice cloth seats, backup camera. Drove the Mitsu Outlander Sport and Tucson, but the Mitsu 140hp was anemic and like the looks of Sportage better than Tuscon. Also, the Sportage's ride is not stiff, it's downright harsh, but I knew that going in. Great value.
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Features & Specs

MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2012 Kia Sportage Overview

The Used 2012 Kia Sportage is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), SX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M).

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Price comparisons for Used 2012 Kia Sportage trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Kia Sportage LX is priced between $8,994 and$11,898 with odometer readings between 84951 and105467 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Kia Sportage EX is priced between $12,775 and$16,990 with odometer readings between 32617 and42242 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Kia Sportage Base is priced between $11,900 and$11,900 with odometer readings between 63477 and63477 miles.

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