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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.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2013 Kia Sportage has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Body Integrity
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Kia Sportage owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Touch Screen became unresponsive”

James C., VA (2013 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Would not activate. Shortage in electrical system”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“System would not recognize Blackberry phone until a new phone was purchased”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

“The steering wheel controls occasionally malfunction by switching functions (e.g. the channel change switch becomes the volume control, the volume control turns on the phone dialer, etc.). Usually, stopping and restarting the car is necessary to res”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“Small display and tilted so glare makes it difficult to see”

Richard D., PA (2013 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Frequent shortage on radio. Automatically turn off or turn on without pressing on the on or off button”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“Frequently does not respond properly”

Richard D., PA (2013 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“The Window Seals are failing which is allowing alot of wind noise”

Todd O., OK (2013 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“wind and excessive road noise”

Anonymous, OK (2013 Kia Sportage SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“With speeds over 50 noise in car from where I do not know”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Kia Sportage Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Windows seals are breaking down which is causing alot of wind noise.....I am getting is scheduled to go into the dealership to be fixed”

Todd O., OK (2013 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“The heater fan made a funny noise when turned to the higher speed. It was replaced as the bushings were dry”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Had leak inside of dash dealer could not find so they just recharged car. Local mechanic found leak inside dash which had too take apart too find”

Thomas K., IN (2013 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“It's under recall on engine problem. I'm waiting on notice from Kia”

Gary H., OR (2013 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“leakage on number 3 cylinder causing computer to throw a code”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sportage Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

“Cable on sunroof broke”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“The brakes were squeaking loudly. Took sportage in and the brake plates were worn prematurely. Kia could not explain why. Said it had nothing to do with the way I drove the car. Replaced brakes”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“chrome trim on driver's side door fell apart”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The entire transmission failed and it cost $9000 to replace. Being in Alaska, the dealer had to order the replacement from the lower 48. Took about 3 weeks”

Anonymous, AK (2013 Kia Sportage Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

“Car was squeeking when went over bumps warn bushing and a suspension part all in one had too replace whole assembly”

Thomas K., IN (2013 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seats

“The problem is actually with the switch that controls the up and down motion of the drivers seat. It didn't work to raise the seat without jiggling it a few times. The switch has been replaced twice already and is now not working again”

Kevin F., NJ (2013 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“The temperature sensor needed replacement”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Dec 19 2018
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Optima, 2012-2017 Sorento and 2011-2018 Sportage vehicles that previously received an engine replacement under recall number 17V-224, warranty, or the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) Product Improvement Campaign. The high pressure fuel pipe that connects to the fuel pump outlet may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, possibly causing a fuel leak.
What should you do:
Kia has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pipe, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 17, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC172.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V907000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 71653
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Mar 31 2017
Bearing wear may result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Kia Motor Company (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly, and replace the engine if necessary, free of charge. The recall began June 20, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC147.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V224000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 618160
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