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. For Kia SUV 2012, every 2012 Kia Sportage gets revised suspension tuning for improved handing. Kia has also added more sound insulation to reduce noise.
Truck imitation is so last decade; crossovers like the 2012 Kia Sportage are sleek little gym shoes, packing the same convenience in much more stylish duds. It’s grown up and out, in size and price and performance, and that means the Kia Sportage 2012 is now in the thick of things. Thanks to a fun-to-drive nature, the 2012 Kia Sportage is a realistic alternative to other top small crossover SUVs on the market.
The 2012 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV with seating for five. There are now a total of four trim levels available, including Base, LX, EX and 2012 Kia Sportage SX. Most versions of the 2012 Kia Sportage are powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4-cylinder engine that produces 176 hp and 168 pound-feet of torque.
A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered on base models, while all other versions come with a six-speed automatic with manual shift feature. Front-wheel drive is standard on all 2012 Kia Sportage models and all-wheel drive is offered as an option on all but the base model.
In 2012 Kia Sportage reviews tests, a front-wheel-drive Sportage with the 2.4-liter engine and automatic accelerated to 60 mph from a standstill in 9.5 seconds, an average time for this class. 2012 Kia Sportage mpg gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy at 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the automatic and front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive drops those to 21/28/24.
The 2012 Kia Sportage SX model gets a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out an impressive 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel economy is 22/29/24 with front-wheel drive and 21/26/23 with 2012 Kia Sportage SX AWD.
Unlike many affordable compact SUVs, the 2012 Kia Sportage has a sleek, aggressive exterior that reminds test drivers of pricier European models. The 2012 Kia 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.
Priced from below $20,000 in base form to more than $30,000 as a 2012 Kia Sportage SX, the Sportage overlaps a lot of larger vehicles now, but it does it with a confident look. We think 2012 Kia Sportage is one of the best-looking compact utes, with its deft mash up of SUV and hatchback lines. The tipped-back stance shares some sass with the Soul, and a few well-chosen details lighten up thick body sides. 2012 Kia Sportage is chunky, but not at all clunky–we think, what the Jeep Compass could have been.
Competitors of the 2012 Kia Sportage
The 2012 Kia Sportage interior relative lack of cargo and passenger room compared to competitors like the Chevy Equinox, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 may also be an issue for many buyers. 2012 Kia Sportage is also worth considering for those with a need for greater space.
If you don’t have such a need, the 2012 Kia Sportage is a strong choice compared to SUVs with similar interior volume like the 2012 Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-7 and Volkswagen Tiguan. While all have their strong points, the 2012 Kia Sportage has a unique personality that may very well just win you over. 2012 Kia Sportage release date is expected to hit the show room in mid 2011.
2012 KIA Sportage Test Drive from Brenengen Auto — Deb
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