When Kia started selling vehicles in America, the Sportage SUV was one of the first models to roll onto U.S. soil. It was a fairly unsophisticated body-on-frame model back then, a compact SUV with appealing styling, a low price tag, and genuine off-roading capability. It arrived just before the mid-90s crossover SUV boom began, and proved itself a popular value as people began buying smaller sport-utes.
Today, the 2013 Kia Sportage is one of the most sophisticated crossover SUVs in the compact class, equipped with an upscale appearance, entertaining handling, a terrific warranty, and an appealing price tag. With just 6.7 inches of ground clearance, there are no pretensions to off-roading with the Sportage, unlike with the original model.
For this review, we tested the turbocharged Sportage SX model, equipped with front-wheel drive, the Navigation Package, the SX Premium Package, and Signal Red paint. Our test SUVs price tag was $30,900.