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Kia Sportage: Likes and dislikes


Publisher Tim Esterdahl and his wife Heather take the Kia Sportage out for a drive and shared their likes and dislikes in this video. You’ll find the highlights below and be able to watch the full review video at the bottom of this post.

A peppy, compact SUV

With its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine this Kia Sportage is a peppy little AWD vehicle that offers downhill assist and a center locking differential for those who want to leave the pavement and paddle shifters for those who want to have a little fun on the highway.

The fuel economy numbers seem a little low for a vehicle this size and the price a little high, but it’s a great compact SUV with plenty of passenger and cargo space.

A happy face

Esterdahl points out the headlamps look a little like bug eyes in front, and the grille could be a mouth. Now, I can’t unsee the happy face on this sporty little SUV (and I bet you can’t either. You’re welcome.). The dual chrome exhaust and big moonroof are nice features as well.

Interior of the Kia Sportage

The black-and-tan interior of the Sportage has a nice contrast. The touchscreen is nice and includes the relaxing nature sounds we saw offered in the 2022 Kia Carnival a few weeks back. We like that this screen is integrated into the dash vs. sticking up like so many of the screens we’ve seen recently. You also get wireless charging.

The front seats are heated and cooled, and the rear seats offer plenty of head-and-shoulder room to make rear passengers comfortable.

What do you think? Would the Kia Sportage be an option for you or your teen? We’re thinking this could be a great car to take off to college.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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