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.
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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

"The color combination of carpet and upholstery is horrible. Need more color options, other than BLACK and a very light TAN."

Shelia C., AR (2014 Kia Sportage)

"It's sooooop easy to handle and it's the most fun to dtive.9"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Kia Sportage)

"It handles very well, but the fuel economy is poor. I knew this when I bought it. It also accelerates slowly compared to other makes I had driven."

CHRIS S., NS (2014 Kia Sportage)

"It's very stable on snow-covered roads. The clock only works when the radio is on! The rear window is small."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Kia Sportage)

"Had an occasion to avoid a stalled car on a blind curve at speed; car handled very well(sharp right/left swerve), also the abs performed perfectly. Was glad I was driving the Kia."

STEPHEN F., CA (2014 Kia Sportage)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"seats are uncomfortable front and rear. accessibility is extremely ackward"

Tom M., CO (2014 Kia Sportage)

"Previous car a Honda Civic; long trips became uncomfortable. Just drove to San Diego and back and was comfortable the entire time, Impressive."

STEPHEN F., CA (2014 Kia Sportage)

"Would like a softer ride. seats are comfortable climate control works well some wind noise"

FREDERICK H., ME (2014 Kia Sportage)

"bad=front frame posts eg. front roof posts down windshield create a blind spot. . side view mirrors are more for design than practical use."

JAMES B., ON (2014 Kia Sportage)

"vehicle is noisy on the road."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Kia Sportage)

"bummy ride"

HERB H., IL (2014 Kia Sportage)


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

What Owners Say

"For the money, it had more features than many others. I would of had to pay thousands more to get the features I wanted from other makes."

CHRIS S., NS (2014 Kia Sportage)

"The Kia Sportage gives a lot for the dollar. Good performance but gas mileage has been disappointing. The AWD works very well and I like the sound system that you can pair the phone to."

JAMES H., MI (2014 Kia Sportage)

"I think the car is a reasonable value but I felt cheated by the dealer. I hate car shopping and I wasn't paying attention and the sales manager slid a long term maint. contract in the final sale and I signed without reading. Tried to change it the next day but he wouldn't let me."

Anonymous, MI (2014 Kia Sportage)

"Third sportage: zero mechanical problems with any of them"

JOEL E., VA (2014 Kia Sportage)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It seems to be more roomy than some of the other offerings in this category."

JAMES H., MI (2014 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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