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Kia Sportage 2018 4-door SUV
The Sportage is a stylish and mildly sporty choice among small SUVs. Most versions are equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the top-trim SX version boasts a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Both engines are mated to a smooth six-speed automatic transmission. Though a touch firm, the ride is composed and handling is responsive. Unlike the similar Hyundai Tucson, the Sportage benefits from the pairing of a larger engine and a conventional automatic transmission, which combine to give it smoother power delivery. While the controls are easy to use, visibility to the rear and side is hampered by the thick rear roof pillars. The rear seat is roomy and has an almost flat floor. The Sportage scored a Good in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

Road Test

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 manne...


  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Handy size with a roomy and versatile interior


  • Hampered rear and side visibility
  • Standard 5-inch infotainment screen too small

Best Version to Get

The best value is an LX. Make sure you add the Popular package, which includes a power driver's seat and heated front seats. We'd also get the optional 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system for its larger screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (181 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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