2012 Kia Sportage

Based on analysis of 16 Sportage reviews and test drives.

Avg. Paid:$18,876 – $28,644

MSRP: $18,500 – $28,400

Invoice: $18,135 – $26,495

MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy


U.S.News Scores

Overall: 8.0
Performance: 7.9
Exterior: 8.2
Interior: 7.0
Safety: NA
Reliability: NA

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Kia Sportage Review – What the Auto Press Says

The 2012 Kia Sportage stands out for its attractive, modern styling, impressive list of standard features and affordable base price, but reviewers complain about its performance and poor visibility. 

The 2012 Kia Sportage may be one of the least expensive models in its class, but reviewers say that it is more upscale than its price suggests. Unlike many affordable compact SUVs, the Sportage has a sleek, aggressive exterior that reminds test drivers of pricier European models. The Sportage is also packed with standard tech features, like Bluetooth and a USB port, that are usually optional in this class and standard on many luxury compact SUVs.

Although it offers luxury at an affordable price, the 2012 Sportage does have its flaws. Test drivers say the base engine is underpowered, though the optional turbocharged engine gives the Sportage a much-needed boost. One characteristic that might be a deal breaker is the Sportage’s hampered front and rear visibility.  

Even with these imperfections, the automotive press likes the 2012 Kia Sportage because it is such a great value.

Details: 2011 Kia Sportage

The 2012 Kia Sportage is available in four trims: base, LX, EX and SX. The SX trim is the only trim available with a turbocharged engine. Changes for 2012 include a revised rear suspension and more floor insulation to make the cabin quieter.



Karp Kia (www.karpkia.com)  is a division of Karp Automotive (www.karpauto.com), a family owned and operated dealership since 1957 located in Nassau County on the South Shore of Long Island in Rockville Centre, NY between Baldwin and Lynbrook, handling all Volvo, Buick, Saab, and Kia needs.  Since its inception, Karp Automotive has made a commitment to upholding its core values of integrity and honesty.  Karp is an active member of the community sponsoring many local outreach programs, community service projects, and community development initiatives.  This has made Karp Automotive widely regarded as “the Auto Authority” and providing a superior ownership experience.  As our customers would attest, there are many places a person can purchase a vehicle, but only here will you be treated like family by family.

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