Summary, Prices, Specs

By March 21, 2013

Summary

The Kia Sportage is a compact sport-utility that's refined, comfortable, well-developed and sharp-looking. The standard engine delivers respectable power, more than respectable fuel economy and a competitive price.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Tom Lankard filed this report from San Francisco; John F. Katz contributed to this report.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Kia Sportage ($19,000); LX $21,200); EX ($24,200); SX ($26,900)
Engines:176-hp 2.4 liter inline-4; 260-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, full-coverage curtain airbags with rollover sensor; electronic stability control with traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist; tire pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional):backup warning sensor; rearview camera; all-wheel drive
Basic warranty:5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:Hwaseong, South Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Kia Sportage EX AWD ($25,700)
Standard equipment:air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, power locks, console, cruise control, message center, trip computer, floor shift, back-up warning system, fog lamps
Options as tested (MSPR):Navigation Package ($1,200) includes navigation system, rearview camera, SiriusXM Traffic; Premium Package with leather ($3,100) includes leather seat trim, heated front seats, air-cooled driver seat, push-button Start, Panoramic sunroof, power folding heated mirrors, Supervision gage cluster cargo cover, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and Compass; Towing package ($400)
Destination charge:$800
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$31200
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.4-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):176 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):168 @ 4000
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:20/27 mpg
Wheelbase:103.9 in.
Length/width/height:174.8/73.0/64.4 in.
Track, f/r:63.5/63.6 in.
Turning circle:34.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.1/53.7/41.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.5/49.1/37.9 in.
Cargo volume:54.6 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:2000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring; gas-charged shock absorbers
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link, coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers
Ground clearance:6.8 in.
Curb weigth:3355 lbs.
Tires:P235/55R18
Brakes, f/r:ventilated disc/ventilated disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist, Downhill Brake Control
Fuel capacity:15.3 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of March 21, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-333-4542 - www.kia.com