2016 Kia Sportage

Pros: Strong value for the money; peppy acceleration from SX model’s 260-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder; generous level of standard equipment

Cons: Steep price premium for SX model; thick roof pillars compromise rear visibility; SX models ride stiffly

CG Says: Kia’s 5-passenger compact SUV sees a minor shuffling of standard and optional equipment for 2015, the final model year for the current generation. (A redesigned Sportage is set to debut in summer 2016 as a 2017 model.) Sportage’s racy styling sacrifices some outward visibility, and fuel economy falls a bit below par for the class. Otherwise, Sportage delivers a host of standard features, an impressive list of luxury options, and the bonus of Kia’s strong warranty. We especially like the high-value LX and EX models. The SX’s quicker acceleration and sharper handling are nice upgrades, but even they can’t overcome a stiff ride and significantly higher price.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices LX: $22,150
AWD LX: $23,650
EX: $25,350
AWD EX: $26,850
SX: $29,990
AWD SX: $31,490

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
182
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
260
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-26

2016 Kia Sportage
2016 Kia Sportage