The Sportage is a small SUV that's similar to its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson. It is far more stylish inside and out, but that comes at the expense of visibility. Cabin appointments are basic but nicely fitted. It is powered by a 176-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is civilized yet returns reasonably good fuel economy.
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2013 Kia Sportage Test Drive
The 2013 Kia Sportage crossover continues to raise the bar for the compact crossover market.
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Nice looker but tired and thirsty by Stu Clark NJ on 01/25/2013. Trim: 2013 Kia Sportage LX FWD, Owned 1 year.
Pros: We liked the styling and the 100k powertrain warranty. The advertised mileage ratings were ok. The car handles well and fit and finish is good.
Cons: The fuel mileage is poor. I am not a hard driver and am getting 18.5 around town and 23 highway. KIA has admitted overstating the mileage and created a program to compensate owners but it does not come near paying for the extra fuel I use. The power is not good, My 94 Voyager minivan could run circles around this car and it got better mileage. The cars computer always overstates the mileage by 1 or 2 mpg compared with mileage calculated at the gas pump.
Overall review: It is the right size car for my wife and I. It looks good and seems well made. I feel it is under powered and does not get near the rated fuel mileage.
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