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Description: The 2016 Kia Sportage is ranked #8 in Affordable Compact SUVs by U.S. News & World Report. See the full review, specs, pictures and prices.

The 2016 Kia Sportage's nimble handling makes it fun to drive, but critics note that its harsh ride and poor cargo space may discourage some shoppers.

Powering the 2016 Kia Sportage is a four-cylinder engine that reviewers say delivers fairly quick acceleration. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available, and according to auto writers, it delivers vigorous power. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with both engines.

The EPA estimates that the Kia Sportage gets 21/28 mpg city/highway, which is a bit lower than most rivals' estimates. Test drivers praise the Kia Sportage for its sporty handling, which they say makes it enjoyable to drive. However, they note that its firm suspension creates a rough ride quality. The Sportage's steering is sharp, some critics report.

Reviewers like the Kia Sportage's stylish cabin and say it's well-built, but they point out that the abundance of hard plastic materials is disappointing. Some test drivers say the front seats are comfortable, while others think they're too stiff. Most reviewers complain about the lack of rear legroom and say the Sportage's thick roof pillars create poor visibility in most directions.

The 2016 Kia Sportage comes standard with satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Optional features include an Infinity premium stereo, a panoramic sunroof, a UVO eServices infotainment system, a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Auto writers agree that the 2016 Sportage's dashboard and climate controls are straightforward and easily accessible, and the navigation system is easy to operate. With 54.6 cubic feet of overall cargo space, the Kia Sportage has less cargo room than most rivals.

    "For 2016 the Kia Sportage remains one of the most stylish and feature-rich compact-crossover SUVs one can buy. Up against the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and even the new Hyundai Tucson, Kia's 2016 Sportage compact-crossover SUV plays in an increasingly crowded field. All of these competitors offer more interior room, better fuel economy and a smoother ride than the Sportage, so Kia's little SUV has to emphasize its strong points, namely its available 260-horsepower turbocharged engine and sleek exterior styling." -- Kelley Blue Book "Thanks to a fun-to-drive nature, the 2015 Kia Sportage is an entertaining alternative to other small crossover SUVs on the market." -- Edmunds (2015) "Other strengths include an available 260-horsepower turbocharged engine, which really puts the ‘Sport’ in ‘Sportage.’ Throw in adequate backseat room and a wealth of standard and optional features, and it's clear that the Sportage's strong first impression is just the beginning." -- AutoTrader (2015) "Sportage's racy styling sacrifices some outward visibility, and fuel economy falls a bit below par for the class. Otherwise, Sportage delivers a host of standard features, an impressive list of luxury options, and the bonus of Kia's strong warranty." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Kia Sportage vs. GMC Terrain: Though it's not especially agile, test drivers report the Terrain has a comfortable ride over rough roads. The base Terrain earns modestly better fuel economy estimates than the Sportage. Reviewers praise the Terrain's front and rear seats for their comfort and space. They also appreciate that the rear seats slide and recline for even more room and versatility. The Terrain's cabin is well-built and uses high-end materials, according to test drivers, and they report it has a chic design. With 63.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded, the Terrain has 17 percent more cargo space than the Equinox.

Kia Sportage vs. Nissan Rogue: The Nissan Rogue was a finalist for our 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money award. The Rogue has a four-cylinder engine and earns some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class, and Reviewers think this SUV has decent power for daily driving. The Rogue has a smooth ride over broken pavement, according to reviewers, and some say its handling is controlled. Test drivers say there's plenty of room in the Rogue's first and second rows. A third-row seat is available, but critics report it isn't very spacious. The Rogue has 70 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded, which is 15 more cubic feet than the Sportage has and represents one of the highest cargo capacities in the class.

The 2016 Kia Sportage is a two-row compact SUV. It is available in three trims: LX, EX and SX. The Sportage comes standard with seating for five (two in the front row and three in the second row).

LX and EX models comes standard with a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while SX models are standard with a 260-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. All trims come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional.

The Sportage was last redesigned for the 2011 model year and sees no major changes this year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2016 model years.

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