While the previous-generation Sportage was an also-ran, this fourth-generation redesign jumps almost to the top of the small SUV class. Distinctions like the rakish roofline and spry demeanor remain, but improvements include more civilized road manners, a roomier interior, improved crash-worthiness, and better visibility.
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 2017 Kia Sportage has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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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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Exhaust
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2017 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Minor under dash rattle that KIA service corrected at no cost"

Ronald C., NC (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Annoying plastic-like rattle in rear"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose bolt in rear door"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Kia Sportage EX 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

Headlights

"When the back of the vehicle is heavy (more than 20-30 lbs in the trunk), headlight or DRL angles up and gets into the eyes of oncoming traffic. This is a serious safety issue"

Anonymous, DE (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"When the back of the vehicle is heavy (more than 20-30 lbs in the trunk), headlight or DRL angles up and gets into the eyes of oncoming traffic. This is a serious safety issue"

Anonymous, DE (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Keyless system failed, rear doors wouldn't lock electronically which led to battery failure"

Leland M., FL (2017 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Loud warning alerts almost everytime we go through any drivethrough. Also warnings for grasses, but no for stakes that must not be wide enough! Can't take onto grassy (5") fields, nor back up near beach seagrass. Dealership says can't help"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"When starting vehicle the warning comes on the screen about something stupid which I never read. It requires you to hit the confirm button that you won't do that stupid thing. However the confirm button does not always highlight so therefore I can not get rid of that screen and go on to use the radio, climate control and other functions tied into the screen and renders everything inoperable"

Anonymous, MI (2017 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

"This was a very minor problem. Rubber seal needed to be replaced. It was a factory recall, I did not even notice the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on front & rear bumpers is a VERY SERIOUS difference in color (shade) from the body of the rest of the vehicle. Especially noticeable on the front bumper"

Wayne S., GA (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"The compressor failed and ad to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Kia Sportage Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"AC stopped blowing cold air. Took dealer 3 days to find problem. Dealer said that Kia changed refrigerant. It has been over one month now and car is back in shop for new evaporator !"

Brian O., FL (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Fuel cap

"Engine light lit requiring service. The fuel tank pressure sensor was covered with "spider web" causing the sensor to malfunction. Repair by dealer was satisfactory"

Carl P., NY (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine light on requiring dealer service. Inspection determined that seals defective and were replaced. Parts and labor Covered by the warranty"

Carl P., NY (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Still not resolved. Seriousness not yet determined. Loud ticking from under hood. Dealer said they need to check with factory, but not yet completed"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Check Engine Light indicated, Engine Misfire in a Cylinder. Turned out to be a cracked spark plug"

Michael M., NJ (2017 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

Slipping transmission

"On occasion transmission seems to slip, hang up"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"The baffles within the muffler came loose"

Anonymous, NB (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Steering wheel vibration

"The car vibrates at highway speeds and also wanders though these problems have improved after I took it back to the dealer but both problems still exist but not so bad"

Anthony F., FL (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Engine Major

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

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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
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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
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Nov 30 2016
If the trailer brake lights stay illuminated while being used, other drivers may be confused, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Sorento vehicles manufactured October 27, 2014, to August 25, 2016, and 2017 Sportage vehicles manufactured December 10, 2015, to August 26, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness that, due to a malfunction of the tow hitch module, may result in the trailer brake lights being constantly illuminated. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, " Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trailer tow hitch harness, free of charge. The recall began January 18, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC142.
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: 16V862000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10212
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