The Sportage is a competitive small SUV that blends a spry appearance with somewhat sporty handling.
Although the Sportage shares its platform with the Hyundai Tucson, these two corporate cousins diverge in terms of outward visibility and interior layout.
The Sportage's standard 2.4-liter, 181-hp four-cylinder supplies ample power that never feels too taxed. The refined automatic transmission operates serenely in the background, showing good response to inputs. But fuel economy is just fair at 23 mpg overall, falling well behind the small SUV pack. The high-end Sportage SX has a 2.0-liter, 240-hp four-cylinder turbo.