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.
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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:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"too noisy ... in cab noise is unacceptable front window pillars are too wide and obstruct left and right road/pedestrian views I will look at another maker in the compact suv caregory next year"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Very good handling and acceleration/stopping."

D T., TX (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Excellent steering response & handling in heavy traffic. Very good acceleration when entering highways."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Kia Sportage)

"At 100,000 km guck build-up over valves has been cleaned up and although this servicing was expensive, we noticed a real difference in acceleration. Overly, my wife and I enjoyed the daily ownership of this SUV with its easy going to live with and reasonable servicing fees at the dealership."

Dom P., ON (2012 Kia Sportage)

"The base engine has just adequate power for city driving, the handling is somewhat skittish on bumps"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Comfort, convience"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Vehicle is all-wheel-drive and handles well in inclement weather, including snow. Accelerates and handles well for a smaller vehicle, but the ride isn't as smooth as it could be. Noisier that Ridgeline."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Kia Sportage)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The ride is not nearly as smooth as our Outback. Feels more like a truck to me."

KEVIN S., NY (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Seats could be a little better comfort-wise, but not too bad."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Very Spacious front and back seats. My 6'4" brother could not believe that there wAS 3-4" of clearance above his head and lots of legs room. Rides really nice with a new set of Bridgestone Serenity Tires."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Seats could have a bit more control for comfort, i.e., pitch of bottom cushion. Sometimes hard to find a comfortable position for long-distance driving."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Too noisy on the highway. Wish passenger side had lumbar support and seat could b raised."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Kia Sportage)

"I love my Kia Sportage, but when I compare it to our other vehicle, the noise level while driving is considerably higher and the ride is bumpier. Great car for around town, but not usually the choice for longer trips."

MARY F., NY (2012 Kia Sportage)

"road noise is extremely loud. Purchased goodyear top of line tires and road noise is still annoying. 18" tires may be the problem"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Seats are very comfortable and front seats have a/c and heat. The cabin noise is average. Ride is very good."

D T., TX (2012 Kia Sportage)

"This is a stiff ride and the seats are tough on long trips."

Mark P., FL (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Very comfortable seats"

D T., TX (2012 Kia Sportage)

"It is fantastic except for front side visibility and rear visibility. Side mirrors and the huge support posts block side views."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Ride very bumpy and alot of road also window controls dont work very well"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Seat comfort is firm but good with satisfactory side support. Sound proofing could be better especially over portholes and road bumps. Ride is very good, light body lean during turning does not interfere with handling."

Dom P., ON (2012 Kia Sportage)

"poor mirrors for driving noisy interior"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Kia Sportage)

"The driver seat is comfortable, the front passenger seat feels like I'm sitting on a slightly padded bench."

Daniel R., MI (2012 Kia Sportage)


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

What Owners Say

"I purchased the 2012 Kia Sportage LX which included useful elements such as cargo storage tray, cargo net, extra rubber tray for the back (useful for transporting wet, muddy items, plants, etc.); as well as height-adjustable seat and tilt & telescoping steering wheel. These items added little to the base price but much in convenience. I have found these elements, as well as the general quality, of the Sportage (reasonable powerful and responsive engine, comfortable for 4-5 people, fabric seats,"

MICHELLE R., CA (2012 Kia Sportage)

"My wife loves it"

HAROLD C., SC (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Car is noisy, very light feeling, small cargoe compartment, poor gas mileage compared to engine size."

PETER R., FL (2012 Kia Sportage)

"Bought it used and it really was a good value used. The false gas mileage claim by the company has cost me more than I was reimbursed."

JAMES M., KY (2012 Kia Sportage)


Anonymous, TX (2012 Kia Sportage)

"A lot of standard option, Seats are not very comfortable."

Steven L., AB (2012 Kia Sportage)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Rear window hard to see out of but stying is very good"

RICHARD S., KY (2012 Kia Sportage)

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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