Flash Drive: 2013 Kia Sportage

By Bruce Caldwell

2013 Kia SportageModel Tested: 2013 KIA SPORTAGE SX AWD

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, 260 hp, 269 lb/ft

Transmission:  6-speed automatic, All Wheel Drive, Locking Center Differential

EPA Ratings: 20-mpg city/25-mpg highway

Base Price: $28,400

As Tested: $32,400


  • Peppy turbocharged engine combined with athletic body produces a very sporty compact SUV
  • Excellent AWD system
  • Welcome Hill Descent feature


  • Beyond stretch out front legroom
  • Excellent headroom
  • Comfortable, supportive seats, soft headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Air-cooled driver seat
  • Adult size rear seat with flat floor
  • Excellent audio and navigation systems


  • Spacious cargo areas with back seat up or down
  • Flat cargo floor
  • Excellent compartmentalized under floor storage
  • Split rear seat folds almost flat
  • Big hatch opening

WOW Factors

  • Strong, responsive turbocharged engine and excellent 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Fun to drive in all types of weather
  • Huge panoramic sunroof
  • Heated and cooled driver’s seat

Sporty engine and our spirited driving held fuel economy to high teens
Substantial rear roof pillars hamper rearward visibility
The 2013 Kia Sportage SX is great fun to drive, highly competent in inclement weather, solidly built, and a strong value. The quality and content levels exceed expectations for a compact SUV in this price bracket.