So many small SUVs look like the boxes they were shipped in. Not the Kia Sportage, whose sporty ovoid styling stands out in a rectilinear field. The Sportage offers nimble handling and a roomy rear seat, but otherwise comes up short. Its stiff ride and loud cabin won't endear itself over the long haul. Acceleration with the base four-cylinder engine is leisurely and a lackluster 22 mpg overall proves to be no consolation.
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Road noise is terrible with all-season tires with mildly aggressive tread pattern."

ROBERT G., KS (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Steering response is very mechanical. Requires attention to over steering no play. Ride quality is very rigid or stiff"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Kia Sportage)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Heated and cooled driver's seat. Quiet ride."

MICHAEL M., PA (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Driver seat is power adjustable with lumbar support. Overall excellent long distance comfort. Seat Cushions are longer than Japanese brands and more supportive."

SHANE D., NS (2011 Kia Sportage)

"I like the Sportage and would probably purchase another. The car is not very quiet when you drive it on the highway."

GERALD W., NC (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Ride is too firm or streets are too full of potholes."

LES M., TX (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Excellent car but ride is stiff"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Kia Sportage)


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

What Owners Say

"Have not had any serious problems. A few recalls, normal brake wear and replacement."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Kia Sportage)

"They depreciate quicker than other brands ."

MICHAEL M., PA (2011 Kia Sportage)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The paint on the roof rack rails comes off due to Sun damage without ever using them"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Love the front end."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Good lines and sporty appearance."

R M., TX (2011 Kia Sportage)

"This car is very comfortable and easy to drive, however, there are areas of "blind spot" with the design. I believe this has been addressed with the newer models. It gets around very easily in the winter months and is my go to car when the weather is bad. The traction is very good and the height is great when the snowplow driver isn't around."

Anonymous, PA (2011 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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