Resale: $24,930
Value: Below Average Below Average
MPG: 20 city/25 hwy

2013 Kia Sportage SX SUV

2013 Kia Sportage Review

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

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
All Sportages have sun-visor extenders and power-folding exterior mirrors as standard equipment. There’s a new “Kia” badge on the hood, liftgate, and steering wheel of all models. LED accent lights are standard on EX and LX models, and SX models get LED daytime running lights. A Blue Interior Package, only available on the EX, includes dark blue cloth seats and interior accents and a black headliner.
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. The current Sportage is a sibling under the skin to the Hyundai Tucson, but the Kia has a unique look inside and out. The interior is as stylish as the exterior, but the sometimes cheap-looking materials remind you that this vehicle is aimed at budget-conscious buyers. 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 add some sport to 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-cylinder. 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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2013 Sportage SX Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 319 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
14.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 260 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 269 ft lb of torque @ 1,850 rpm

'13 Kia SX SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Hill Decent Control
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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