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2012 Kia Sportage SUV

2012 Kia Sportage Review

(0 Stars)  A compact sport-ute with a techie edge.

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Overview
Few buyers may remember it, but the Sportage was the model that got Kia off the ground in America. The current version, however, has nothing to do with that sad little SUV. In fact, this Sportage is effectively an all-new model, introduced last year. It's a sibling under the skin to the Hyundai Tucson, but the Kia has a unique look, and that's true inside as well. The interior is as stylish as the exterior, but the sometimes cheap-looking materials remind you that this vehicle is aimed at the budget-conscious buyer. For 2012, though, Kia is adding a new cloth seat fabric that supposedly reduces staining and static electricity. Kia likes to play up the high-tech aspects of the Sportage; among them is Uvo, an audio system that allows for voice control of the radio, CD player, or connected iPod. A navigation system and a backup camera are optional. In the world of small crossovers, the Sportage stands out thanks to well-controlled body roll, nicely tuned electric power steering, and good brake feel. The ride quality, however, leaves something to be desired. You can really put some more sport into the Sportage by opting for the SX, which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that puts out 256 hp. Despite its extra oomph, the turbo gets the same highway mileage as the base four. Unfortunately, the six-speed manual transmission in the base Sportage is not offered with the turbo. The SX does, however, have a stiffer suspension with variable-rate dampers.

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2012 Sportage Base Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 23 MPG combined and 334 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
14.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 176 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 168 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

'12 Kia SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Hill Decent Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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