Talking Cars 358: Driving the New Kia Sportage

We also answer your questions about the new Acura Integra

Main theme: Kia redesigned the Sportage for 2023. Even with a bump in the base price, it’s still one of the more affordable compact SUVs on the market today. But is it a good value? Our panelists share their first impressions of the Sportage we just bought for our test program,  including its extensive list of standard safety features and a few maddening design choices.

Audience question: CR recommends waiting for a second year of a new model to give automakers a chance to work the bugs out. But if the upcoming Acura Integra is a current Honda Civic Si under the skin, is it really a “first year” car?

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"Talking Cars" panelists Emily Thomas, Keith Barry, and Mike Quincy.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.