The Sportage is the sister vehicle of the Hyundai Tucson and scores similarly. It is a contemporary and pleasant small SUV. The base engine gets relatively decent fuel economy at 22 mpg. Handling is fairly nimble and very secure. The base powertrain is fairly pleasant but acceleration approaches being leisurely. But the ride is stiff and there is pronounced road noise.
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

"The suspension is extremely inadequate resulting in a very rough ride. The dealer had no suggestions to improve it even with changing shocks or struts. At the time when I purchased the vehicle I only use it as a commuter car. Now we use it only to run around town on short trips."

Gerald E., NJ (2011 Kia Sportage)

"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)

"I like my Sportage for the way it handles. Plus it is a good ride for me"

Ashley D., OH (2011 Kia Sportage)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The redesign of the front seats was not great. There is reduced leg room, less roomy seats, and a huge console that separates the front seats. The seats are still comfortable, but the loss of leg room makes long-distance traveling more fatiguing."

Maureen S., IL (2011 Kia Sportage)

"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)

"Ride is a bit stiff, can feel bumps in road."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Kia Sportage)

"The sportage has terrible wind noise even with sunroof closed. When test driving before purchase I asked the salesman about it and he assured me it was just that particular vehicle, but upon purchasing one (a different vehicle) the loud noise persisted. Handling and acceleration are superb though."

Cliff B., ON (2011 Kia Sportage)

"I have the Sportage Sx model and the ride is very uncomfortable. Would never buy t agan,"

James O., CT (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Seat backs too narrow"

Robert G., KS (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Ride is a little noisy and the aftermarket roof rack makes it noisier."

Anonymous, PR (2011 Kia Sportage)

"The seats are great!"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Kia Sportage)


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

What Owners Say

"One the cheapest SUVs in this range."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Warrenty is misleading. They only cover internal part of the engine. Intake manifold went out at 53000 miles. Kia refuses to repair, will cost me approx $1,200 to fix myself."

Dan P., PA (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Quality vehicle for the price. Gives great value for the money spent. Nimble-quick and easy to drive."

Peter L., NY (2011 Kia Sportage)

"Great value for the money, came standard with features that were not available on much higher priced vehicles."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Kia Sportage)

"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)

Would you buy this car again?

2011 vehicles
Acura RDX
Audi Q5
Chevrolet Equinox
Ford Escape
GMC Terrain
Honda CR-V
Honda Element
Hyundai Tucson
Jeep Wrangler
Kia Sorento
Kia Sportage
Mazda Tribute
Mercury Mariner
Nissan Rogue
Nissan Xterra
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4
Volvo XC60
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.
Change Vehicle