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City mpg:
23
Highway mpg:
30

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Kia Sportage SUV Overview

The standard features of the Kia Sportage LX include Theta II 2.4L I-4 181hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Kia
Sportage SUV

Starting at: $23,600

  • Manufacturer Offer

    Financing Offer : $1,500 cash back and 2.9% APR for 72 months on select Kia Sportage models

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    Applies to select new 2018 Kia Sportage.

    * Disclaimer(s)

    • Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 2.9% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 72 monthly payments of $15.15 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 2.9% for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $42.94 per $1000 financed. 2.9% for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $29.04 per $1000 financed. 2.9% for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $26.9 per $1000 financed. 2.9% for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $25.07 per $1000 financed. 2.9% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $22.09 per $1000 financed. 2.9% for a term of 60 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $17.92 per $1000 financed. 2.9% for a term of 66 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $16.41 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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  • Manufacturer Offer

    $2,500 cash back on select Kia Sportage models

    * Read full offer details
    Applies to select new 2018 Kia Sportage.

    * Disclaimer(s)

    • Cash back from Kia Motors America, Inc (KMA). Must take delivery from a participating dealer and from retail stock from 8/1/2018 - 9/4/2018. Cash back offer when you purchase a new car only and may not be combined with Special Low APR and Special Lease offers. This incentive is for a limited time offer on eligible Kia vehicles. Not all incentive programs are compatible. See dealer for details.

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  • Manufacturer Offer

    Lease: $219 per month for 36 months. $2,999 due at signing

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    Applies to select new 2018 Kia Sportage.

    * Disclaimer(s)

    • Closed-end lease based on new 2018 Sportage (Model 42222 LX Auto. Trans.) subject to credit approval, dealer participation, and vehicle availability. Offer shown based on $2,999 due at lease signing including $219 first monthly payment, $2,130 capitalized cost reduction, $650 acquisition fee, plus tax, title, license and registration fees, dealer conveyance fee, processing fee or optional service fee and any emission testing charge. No security deposit required. Offer shown total lease payments are $10,664. Actual payments may vary. Purchase option at lease-end for offer shown of residual value of $13,524.50. Lessee is responsible for insurance, maintenance, repairs, $.20 per mile over 12,000 miles/year, excess wear, and a $400 termination fee*. Lease offer applies to Sportage FWD LX AT (MSRP $24,590, includes freight, and excludes taxes, title, license, additional options and retailer charges). Actual prices set by dealer. Must take delivery from retail stock by 9/4/2018. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. See dealer for warranty and lease details or go to kia.com.

      *Termination fee for all states except CO, IN, IA, KS, ME, OK, SC, WI, WV & WY. WI termination fee: The amount of the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. CO, IA, KS, ME, OK, WV & WY termination fee: The amount of two times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. IN & SC termination fee: The amount of three times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. Not all incentive programs are compatible. Additional terms and conditions apply. All matters of program eligibility and qualification will be resolved by Kia Motors America, Inc. ("KMA") in its sole discretion, and KMA reserves the right to change product and program specifications at any time without incurring any obligations. Cannot exceed 12000 miles per year.

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Approach angle - 17 deg
  • Departure angle - 24 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 163mm (6.4")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 19 deg
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 181hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 175 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 97.0mm (3.46" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,499kg (3,305lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,085kg (4,597lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 748kg (1,650lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,481mm (176.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,854mm (73.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,636mm (64.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,670mm (105.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,054mm (41.5")
  • Rear legroom - 970mm (38.2")
  • Front headroom - 998mm (39.3")
  • Rear headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Front hiproom - 1,379mm (54.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,300mm (51.2")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,400mm (55.1")
  • Passenger volume - 2,792L (98.6 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 869 L (31 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,702 L (60 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 181hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 175 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 26mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 23mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX Search New $23,600   181-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
LX 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX Search New $25,100   181-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 25  
EX 2018 Kia Sportage SUV EX Search New $26,400   181-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  
EX 2018 Kia Sportage SUV EX Search New $27,900   181-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 25  
SX Turbo 2018 Kia Sportage SUV SX Turbo Search New $32,900   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 26  
SX Turbo 2018 Kia Sportage SUV SX Turbo Search New $34,400   237-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 23  

Reviews

Driving Impression

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
“”

Ride comfort and handling prowess are Sportage strong points. LX editions with 17-inch tires yield the softest ride, but the EX is only a tad stiffer. SX Turbos ride on firmer springs, with different dampers. Steering is set up slightly differently, too, giving the SX a distinctive character.

Handling confidently and predictably, unlike some competitors, the Sportage shows minimal sloppiness. By compact crossover standards, at least, the Sportage feels sure-footed through curves and corners. Steering offers a little more heft than is customary. LX and EX models feel well-planted, without being overly firm.

The Sportage is impressively quiet, thanks to extensive sound-deadening and acoustic glass.

With either engine, performance ranks above average. The basic 2.4-liter engine performs adequately, but cannot be called inspiring. Acceleration is more stirring with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, in the SX Turbo.

Kia’s all-wheel-drive system reacts swiftly on slippery surfaces, to improve grip by the rear tires. A special front bumper that provides slightly more ground clearance goes on AWD models, to help on snow-covered pavement.

The quiet base engine sends only a subdued growl into the cabin. Especially with all-wheel drive, fuel economy trails class-leading rivals. An LX with front-wheel drive is EPA-rated at 23/30 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops that estimate to an unimpressive 21/25/22 mpg. Slightly larger wheels cut EX figures to 22/29/25 mpg with front-wheel drive, or 21/25/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.

SX Turbos consume the most, EPA-rated at 21/26 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined, with front-wheel drive; and only 20/23/21 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Walk Around

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
“”

More than most compact crossovers, the Sportage relies on a swoopy design and a sporty nature. Some consider its bold styling excessive. A relatively long wheelbase and short overhangs gives it a feisty appearance.

The front ends are slightly different on all-wheel-drive models, which have greater ground clearance.

SX Turbos flaunt the most dressed-up look, helped by 19-inch alloy wheels. Slim taillights are tied together by a refined chromes strip. A red panel connects LX and EX rear lamps.

Interior Overview

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
“”

Within the classy, reasonably roomy Sportage cabin, soft-touch plastics mix with helpful ergonomics, resulting in a sense of high quality, even in basic LX models.

Fabric upholstery in base LX trim is appropriate, if not noteworthy. EX and SX Turbo trim levels move up to leather. Soft-feel surfaces appear on both the dashboard and front doors.

Front seats provide good support. Headroom and knee clearance are satisfying up front and in the outboard rear seats. Out back, a third passenger shouldn’t feel too squeezed, at least for short trips.

Cargo space totals almost 31 cubic feet behind the second row, expanding to 60.1 cubic feet with seatbacks folded. Low liftover height eases luggage loading.

On the cleanly laid-out, driver-oriented dashboard, controls sit within easy reach. Split into upper and lower halves, the dashboard is slightly canted, helping the driver focus on gauges.

Three infotainment screens are available. Clear, high-resolution 7.0- and 8.0-inch touchscreens don’t wash out on sunny days. Kia’s UVO infotainment operates better than most, and is easy to navigate.

Outward visibility is impeded by thick roof pillars and a high beltline.

Summary

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
“”

The Kia Sportage is a competent crossover that stands out mostly for styling and value. It has a modestly sporty nature. The cabin feels like refined quality, and front seats promise long-trek comfort. Especially in SX Turbo form, the Sportage performs with a touch of gusto. Kia’s warranty is another plus.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
“”

Sportage LX ($23,600) has front-wheel drive and the 2.4-liter engine. Standard equipment includes a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, basic 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and locks, and air conditioning. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $990 destination charge.)

All-wheel drive is optional ($1,500) on all models.

Sportage EX ($26,400) adds 18-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, 7.0-inch touchscreen, foglamps, and heated power-folding mirrors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is included.

Sportage SX Turbo ($32,900) substitutes the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, adding a sport-tuned suspension. Standard features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, parking sensors, paddle shifters, 19-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, and power tailgate.

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