Used Car: 2013 Kia Sportage Review
Most reviewers agreed that the 2013 Kia Sportage has ample engine power and lots of features, but a number of rivals in the class offer more cargo and passenger space and ride more comfortably.
The 2013 Kia Sportage is ranked:
The 2013 Kia Sportage is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine or an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A manual transmission is standard and an automatic was optional when the Sportage was new. Reviewers generally preferred the turbocharged engine’s increased power, but reported that the base engine is fine for most driving situations. With the base engine, automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, the 2013 Sportage gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is in line with rivals' estimates. Several reviewers found the Sportage’s handling composed, but many critics thought that the ride is fairly uncomfortable over rough pavement.
Reviewers had several complaints about the inside of the 2013 Kia Sportage. The Sportage has less cargo space than other compact SUVs, and critics said the cabin is constructed with cheap plastics. A few reported that outward visibility in all directions is poor and that rear-seat space isn't very generous. However, reviewers were impressed with the Sportage's long list of features, which includes standard USB and auxiliary input ports, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Features like a rearview camera, navigation, proximity key, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof and heated front seats are available.
Other SUVs to Consider
The 2013 Subaru Forester has plenty of passenger and cargo space, according to reviewers. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive, and test drivers said it has a comfortable, car-like ride.
While reviewers complained about the Sportage’s limited space, the 2013 Honda CR-V earned reviewer praise for its ample passenger space and easygoing road manners. The CR-V has quite a bit more overall cargo space than the Sportage, and it gets good fuel economy for the class.