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. One of the older designs in this red-hot segment, 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.
Alerts
There is 1 recall 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 2016 Kia Sportage has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2016 Kia Sportage owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 AC outside/interior air switch seems to not function. Fues can access the ionterior cabin, from vehicles nearby."

John P., PR (2016 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle noise is in rear of vehicle which KIA and dealer have been unable to repair after my returning the vehicle to the dealer for repair 7 or 8 times. I still have the problem."

Jon B., WA (2016 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The is a low speed rattle coming from the rear end."

Jon M., PA (2016 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"More road and wind noise than I should hear"

Roy W., UT (2016 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems doors n Windows make noise when shut during driving"

Frederick M., NY (2016 Kia Sportage EX 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Since I bought the car, the doors sometimes do not latch, causing the doors to fly open. Kia has had the car several times, but not able to find the issue. It happens on passenger side doors. Rarely have passengers in my car, so have given up on having corrected."

John J., LA (2016 Kia Sportage)

"The passenger two doors, when shut would not latch, causing them to fly open. The dealership has taken them apart and replaced some parts. They have had the truck for several visits. The problem has reoccurred on the passenger rear door again. They could never figure out what the problem is"

John J., LA (2016 Kia Sportage LX)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"water intended to spray the back windows, infiltrates the interior of the tailgate door/hatchback, and I am unable to squirt water on the back window."

Anonymous, PR (2016 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

A/C compressor

"Compressor would fail on longer drives."

Lyle F., FL (2016 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C makes a loud, popping noise at certain times."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Seat warmer on driver side stopped heating (winter/spring 2019). Heating wires had to be ordered and replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Kia Sportage EX 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

Shocks or struts

"For a vehicle that has little more than 25K niles on it, the ride/suspensiuon has deteriorated quickjly. The unevenness, and handling of potholes has gone form acceptable (new) to tolerable. Needs better shocks."

John P., PR (2016 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"handles poorly pot holes and uneven pavement. Ride in highway seems at times like a big chunky old car that rises and bows with road depressions."

Anonymous, PR (2016 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensor caused error code. To be replaced next week"

Anonymous, AB (2016 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.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"A blower switch malfunctioned in a couple of occasions, repaired by the dealer under warranty"

Anonymous, (2016 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Gives noise warning but no auto breaking or reducing speed when nearing a collision"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Software update fixes

"UVO system failed completely with an error code in a foreign language. I asked dealer to update the system, they said I would have to pay to replace the whole system($$$$) despite still being under warranty. I declined. A few months later it finally updated itself automatically."

Anonymous, FL (2016 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.

Paint/Trim

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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.

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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
ENGINE, FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
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
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