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.