2018 Kia Sportage

Buyer's Guide

It’s a year of minor changes for the Sportage, a compact crossover Kia redesigned last year to give this affordable little utility a distinctly upscale look.

Those updates include the addition of a front passenger seat height adjustment in EX and EX Premium trims and, more notably, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and front parking sensors in EX Premium and EX Tech trims.

As before, the Sportage range is split into LX, EX and SX trims, the former two powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine making 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque and the latter getting the exclusive use of a 2.0L turbo motor that cranks out 237 hp and 260 lb-ft.

A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available, and AWD is an option in the LX and standard in EX and SX trims.

The offer of a turbo engine suggests Kia feels there’s still an appetite for fun in this category, but the reality is this is a heavy vehicle that needs that boosted engine to feel adequately quick. Another downside of such a potent motor is that it makes the Sportage thirsty, especially compared to the Honda CR-V, whose little 1.5L turbo is an economy champ.

But power is power, and Kia finds itself in league with the likes of Ford’s Escape and the Chevrolet Equinox for offering something to satisfy heavy right feet.

Where Kia used to be a value leader that crammed features into its vehicles at bargain prices, this South Korean brand now finds itself being challenged on that front by the likes of Honda and Toyota. Sportage pricing starts at an attractive $25,000 tag, but tops out at $39,600 in SX Turbo form. At least it looks like it’s worth that kind of money and comes with niceties like navigation, eight-inch infotainment screen, upgraded stereo, wireless smartphone charging, hands-free power tailgate, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a full suite of active safety features.

Fuel consumption estimates are 10.3/7.8 L/100 km (city/highway) for a 2.4L FWD model and 11.3/9.5 when AWD is added. SX Turbo models are rated at 11.9/10.2 L/100 km.

2018 Kia Sportage Specifications

There are 9 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $25,095 MSRP
9.1
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
181 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
LX FWD $25,095 5 SUV
LX FWD 181 hp @6000 rpm 175 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
LX FWD 176.4" 73" 64.4" 105.1"
LX FWD
LX FWD Cloth Seats
LX FWD
LX FWD
LX AWD $27,295 5 SUV
LX AWD 181 hp @6000 rpm 175 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
LX AWD 176.4" 73" 64.8" 105.1"
LX AWD
LX AWD Cloth Seats
LX AWD
LX AWD
EX AWD $30,595 5 SUV
EX AWD 181 hp @6000 rpm 175 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
EX AWD 176.4" 73" 64.8" 105.1"
EX AWD
EX AWD Leather Seats
EX AWD
EX AWD
EX Premium AWD w/Dark Brown $33,995 5 SUV
EX Premium AWD w/Dark Brown 181 hp @6000 rpm 175 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
EX Premium AWD w/Dark Brown 176.4" 73" 64.8" 105.1"
EX Premium AWD w/Dark Brown
EX Premium AWD w/Dark Brown Leather Seats
EX Premium AWD w/Dark Brown
EX Premium AWD w/Dark Brown
EX Premium AWD w/Black $33,995 5 SUV
EX Premium AWD w/Black 181 hp @6000 rpm 175 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
EX Premium AWD w/Black 176.4" 73" 64.8" 105.1"
EX Premium AWD w/Black
EX Premium AWD w/Black Leather Seats
EX Premium AWD w/Black
EX Premium AWD w/Black
EX Tech AWD w/Dark Brown $37,695 5 SUV
EX Tech AWD w/Dark Brown 181 hp @6000 rpm 175 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
EX Tech AWD w/Dark Brown 176.4" 73" 64.8" 105.1"
EX Tech AWD w/Dark Brown
EX Tech AWD w/Dark Brown Leather Seats
EX Tech AWD w/Dark Brown
EX Tech AWD w/Dark Brown
EX Tech AWD w/Black $37,695 5 SUV
EX Tech AWD w/Black 181 hp @6000 rpm 175 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
EX Tech AWD w/Black 176.4" 73" 64.8" 105.1"
EX Tech AWD w/Black
EX Tech AWD w/Black Leather Seats
EX Tech AWD w/Black
EX Tech AWD w/Black
SX Turbo AWD w/Canyon Beige $39,595 5 SUV
SX Turbo AWD w/Canyon Beige 237 hp @6000 rpm 260 ft-lb @1450 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SX Turbo AWD w/Canyon Beige 176.4" 73" 64.8" 105.1"
SX Turbo AWD w/Canyon Beige
SX Turbo AWD w/Canyon Beige Leather Seats
SX Turbo AWD w/Canyon Beige
SX Turbo AWD w/Canyon Beige
SX Turbo AWD w/Black $39,595 5 SUV
SX Turbo AWD w/Black 237 hp @6000 rpm 260 ft-lb @1450 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SX Turbo AWD w/Black 176.4" 73" 64.8" 105.1"
SX Turbo AWD w/Black
SX Turbo AWD w/Black Leather Seats
SX Turbo AWD w/Black
SX Turbo AWD w/Black

Owner Reviews: 2018 Kia / Sportage

Average Rating

2011 Kia Sportage

Trim: EX
by PaulByrne on 10-26-2012
Love the style
The safety rating was very important to me , but when coupled with great styling and the huge warranty the Sportage blew everything else away ( except perhaps the Hyundai Tucson- which is basically the same car)
I have really enjoyed driving this car for almost 2 years.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2006 Kia Sportage

Trim: V6 AWD
by Mellid on 10-25-2012
Good reliable car
I purchased this vehicle used about 2 years ago. The vehicle is a good all around car for someone looking for a small SUV. I would like slightly better fuel economy.The car has 114,000km on it, and i have had no major repairs, just basic maintenance of brakes and tires, overall I am very happy with it.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
2/5
Reliability
5/5
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2011 Kia Sportage

by kim_p12 on 10-12-2012
kia sportage
very good looking, nice and spacious on the inside. very reliable although worst vehicle ive seen on ice and in snow. great looking inside and out, great to drive, smooth ride.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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