The Kia Sportage is the underdog of the compact CUV segment, which is why it’s worth checking out. What do you need to know before you buy a Kia Sportage? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in our Buyer’s Guide.

Kia has come a very long way. That’s an expression that means that they used to suck, but now they don’t anymore. Take this Kia Sportage, for example; it doesn’t suck! In fact, it offers good build quality, plenty of interior volume, a nice long 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and tons of safety features all for the price of a used stick of Juicy Fruit.

Don’t cross this crossover off your list quite yet. It might just surprise you.

What’s New About The 2016 Kia Sportage

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The third generation Sportage debuted for the 2011 model year with a 260 HP 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 and a 176 HP naturally aspirated 2.4-liter 4 banger. The 2016 model keeps the same engines, but the 2.4 gets better fuel economy and a power bump to 182 HP thanks to direct injection. Gone is the 6-speed manual that was available on that 2011 model. It has since been replaced by 6-speed automatics on all trim levels.

Changes between the 2015 and 2016 model year were insignificant.

Which One We’d Buy

If you want a Sportage, you can get an LX, and EX, or an SX. At $22,150 (plus $895 destination fee), the base model LX is pretty compelling, especially considering the standard Bluetooth, AC, power windows and locks, projector beam headlights, and aluminum wheels. Though for an additional three grand, the $25,350 EX model also offers solid value with its power heated leather seats, touch screen display, backup camera, push button start, and dual zone climate control. So, consider it a toss-up between LX and EX. [Build Your Own]

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Important Facts At A Glance:

MSRP: $22,150 - $29,990 Max Advertised Towing Capability: 2,000 pounds

MPG: 21 city/ 28 hwy / 24 combined [2wd 2.4L] Engines: 2.0-liter turbo I4, 2.4-liter I4

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Curb Weight: ~3,280 - 3,660 pounds IIHS Rating: Not A Top Safety Pick

Transmissions: 6-speed Automatic

Drivetrain Layout: Front engine, FWD/AWD

Photo credit: Kia

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