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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

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Original MSRP: $18,295 - $27,295
MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Kia Sportage Review

Review Last Updated: 8/9/12

The Kia Sportage was completely redesigned for 2011, which helps it compete with the best of the class.

The 2011 Kia Sportage is ranked:

Top safety scores, agile performance and a comfortable interior make the 2011 Kia Sportage a compelling choice among used 2011 SUVs. When it was new, most test drivers liked the Sportage’s acceleration and felt it had decent power, though some noted that it struggled at times in passing situations and had a bumpy ride. The Sportage offers a four-cylinder engine that is more powerful than the 2010 model’s V6, but it still trails the four-cylinder engines in the 2011 Toyota RAV4 and 2011 Honda CR-V. If you’re seeking more power, the SX Sportage features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The Sportage is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and a manual or automatic transmission is available with either drivetrain. The front-wheel drive Sportage gets up to 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The 2011 Kia Sportage was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its excellent performance in its crash tests and carries an above-average reliability rating.

While reviewers liked the Sportage’s roomy interior and features, they felt that the interior had too many hard plastic surfaces. Some reviewers complained that the seats in the Sportage are too firm, and that the back seat is best-suited for two adults, though there’s room for three. The Kia Sportage has cargo space that’s in-line with what other SUVs in the class offer. Critics liked the Sportage’s list of standard features, which include a standard USB port, satellite radio and Bluetooth.

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Other Cars to Consider

The highly-ranked 2011 Chevrolet Equinox offers better performance, interior quality and reliability over the Sportage. Additionally, the Equinox gets slightly better fuel economy than the Sportage with a more powerful engine. The Equinox also has more cargo space.

If you’re considering the Sportage, you should take a look at the 2011 Honda CR-V, which is another top SUV in the class. The CR-V comes with a class-leading reliability rating and has one of the most spacious cargo areas in the class. It also received better interior comfort reviews than the Sportage, though its fuel economy and safety ratings aren’t as strong as with the Sportage’s.

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