The Sportage is a pleasant and well-rounded vehicle with a lot of standard features for its price, a roomy interior, good levels of fit and finish and a refined V6 powertrain. Still, it falls far short of class-leading models. In our testing, the Sportage lost points for middling fuel economy, long stopping distances and less-than-agile handling.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Had return to the dealer five times to get the climate control fixed properly. It took a regional person from Kia to make sure it was repaired properly."

ALEX M., NY (2008 Kia Sportage)

"tire noise somewhat loud."

ANTHONY C., ME (2008 Kia Sportage)

"The heated leather seats are comfortable and offer good support even for multi-day trips. The ride is smooth and noise is low."

STEPHEN G., BC (2008 Kia Sportage)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"What we paid was fair, but at first the sleazy Naperville, IL Kia dealer tried to get us to pay $6000 more. As we were walking away from this deal he chased after us, knocked the price from $25,000 to $19,000 and told us to promise not to say anything negative anywhere about him without telling him first. What a shady salesman. But, the ultimate price and value we eventually got we felt were very fair."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Kia Sportage)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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