2021 Kia Sportage

What’s new

  • S Sunroof and Premium packages are no longer available
  • Nightfall Edition and Nightfall Edition Premium packages take their place
  • Part of the fourth Sportage generation introduced for 2017

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Spacious front and rear seating
  • Attractive dashboard layout with appealing features
  • Quiet interior at highway speeds
  • Lower fuel economy than some top rivals
  • Relatively modest cargo capacity
MSRP Starting at
$23,990

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2021 Kia Sportage Review

What is the Sportage?

The 2021 Kia Sportage is a small SUV that slots between the three-row Sorento and the compact Seltos. The Sportage shares more than a little with its corporate sibling, the Hyundai Tucson. The Sportage packs tons of features into an affordable package, with a striking design that helps it stand out from the crowd. And it's a respectable fourth in our rankings, behind the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester.

The current Sportage debuted in 2017 and benefited from a midcycle refresh for 2020. Changes include updated styling, more driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, and a larger touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. With this recent refresh, we don't expect any significant updates for 2021.

Edmunds says

The Sportage isn't our favorite small crossover — it can't quite match the top-ranked Honda CR-V when it comes to a complete package — though it does offer a lot of value for the price.


Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Kia Sportage.

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    Features & Specs

    LX 4dr SUV features & specs
    LX 4dr SUV
    2.4L 4cyl 6A
    MSRP$23,990
    MPG 23 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower181 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    S 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    S 4dr SUV AWD
    2.4L 4cyl 6A
    MSRP$28,190
    MPG 22 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower181 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    LX 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    LX 4dr SUV AWD
    2.4L 4cyl 6A
    MSRP$25,490
    MPG 22 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower181 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    EX 4dr SUV features & specs
    EX 4dr SUV
    2.4L 4cyl 6A
    MSRP$27,290
    MPG 23 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower181 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    Safety

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.5%

    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 TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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    FAQ

    Is the Kia Sportage a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Sportage both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Kia Sportage fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sportage gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 26 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sportage has 30.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Sportage. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Kia Sportage?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Kia Sportage:

    • S Sunroof and Premium packages are no longer available
    • Nightfall Edition and Nightfall Edition Premium packages take their place
    • Part of the fourth Sportage generation introduced for 2017
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    Is the Kia Sportage reliable?

    To determine whether the Kia Sportage is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sportage. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sportage's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Kia Sportage a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Kia Sportage is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Sportage is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Kia Sportage?

    The least-expensive 2021 Kia Sportage is the 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,990.

    Other versions include:

    • LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $23,990
    • S 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $28,190
    • LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $25,490
    • EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $27,290
    • SX Turbo 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $33,650
    • EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $28,790
    • SX Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $35,150
    • S 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $26,490
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    What are the different models of Kia Sportage?

    If you're interested in the Kia Sportage, the next question is, which Sportage model is right for you? Sportage variants include LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), and EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A). For a full list of Sportage models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Kia Sportage

    2021 Kia Sportage Overview

    The 2021 Kia Sportage is offered in the following submodels: Sportage SUV. Available styles include LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), SX Turbo 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), SX Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), and S 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Kia Sportage?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Kia Sportage and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Sportage.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Kia Sportage and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Sportage featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Kia Sportage?

    2021 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

    The 2021 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,475. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $2,651 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,651 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,824.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 7.3% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 10 2021 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

    The 2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,490. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,693 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,693 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,797.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 22 2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

    The 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,110. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,417 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,417 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,693.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 9.6% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 22 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

    The 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,765. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,488 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,488 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,277.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 9.3% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 16 2021 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

    The 2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,500. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,672 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,672 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,828.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 12 2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

    The 2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,435. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,576 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,576 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,859.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 9.1% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 8 2021 Kia Sportage S 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

    The 2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,765. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,607 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,607 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,158.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 7.7% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 2 2021 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2021 Kia Sportages are available in my area?

    Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Kia Sportage for sale near. There are currently 248 new 2021 Sportages listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $25,110 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Kia Sportage. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $5,679 on a used or CPO 2021 Sportage available from a dealership near you.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Kia Sportage?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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