Michael SimariCar and Driver
The compact crossover segment is one of the largest and most hotly contested in the market. While the current Kia Sportage is getting on in years by the class standards, giving up some performance and fuel efficiency compared to newer entries, it remains a compelling small SUV for value-minded shoppers.
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The Sportage is Kia’s compact crossover offering, slotting between the Seltos and the Sorento.
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It competes with popular models such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
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Our test car was the SX Turbo model, which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine.
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This engine makes 237 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful cars in its class.
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A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is front-wheel drive. This Sportage was equipped with the $1500 option for all-wheel drive.
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The SX Turbo model also comes with 19-inch wheels and some different exterior trim pieces.
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Pricing for the 2020 Sportage starts at $25,110 for the base LX model with a non-turbo engine and front-wheel drive.
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The SX Turbo with all-wheel drive starts at $36,210, and our test car with a few accessories stickered for $37,290.
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The Sportage is a two-row crossover with space for five passengers.
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The rear seats fold to expand the cargo area from 31 cubic feet to 60 cubic feet.
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