In the hot compact crossover market, new models are constantly hitting the streets. And that makes it easy to overlook the 2022 Kia Sportage. The Sportage hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2017. And because it arrived half a size smaller than best-selling models like the Toyota RAV4, it had a built-in handicap.
Still, Kia has improved the Sportage over the years — most notably in 2020, when the vehicle received a slew of standard safety and infotainment features. That means that even a base Sportage LX, costing $24,090, is an amenity-laden crossover. We rented that base Sportage to see how much you’d have to give up with this tempting value option. Here’s what we found.