2012 Kia Sportage

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Kia Sportage base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Modern design
  • Standard USB port and Bluetooth
  • Available panoramic moonroof

The Bad

  • Short side windows reduce visibility
  • Large rear doors might be difficult to open in tight spaces
2012 Kia Sportage exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Kia Sportage

  • Available turbo four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Available Uvo connectivity system
  • FWD or AWD

2012 Kia Sportage Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

This small crossover represents another salvo directed at the likes of Honda, Toyota and Ford. The five-seat Sportage has a range of four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged version. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

New For 2012
The rear suspension has been revised and floor insulation added to make the Sportage quieter, but otherwise changes are minor for 2012.

Exterior
Redesigned last year, the Sportage has much crisper sheet metal than the model it replaced. The front end is dominated by a black grille bordered by angular headlights that creep up the front fenders. A subtle crease accents the side doors, and sharply angled rear roof pillars draw your eyes to the back of the crossover. Exterior features include:

  • LX models have body-colored door handles and supplementary turn signals in the side mirrors
  • Seventeen-inch rims are now standard on the LX
  • The EX is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and adds body-colored heated side mirrors, roof rails, and chrome trim, including a chrome-bordered grille


Interior
The Sportage has room for five people, and it has a 60/40-split folding backseat. Standard features include cloth seat upholstery, air conditioning, a CD stereo with auxiliary and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a tilt steering wheel and height-adjustable front seats. Interior features include:

  • Available telescoping steering wheel
  • Available keyless entry
  • Available dual-zone air conditioning
  • Available cooled glove ...
Vehicle Overview

This small crossover represents another salvo directed at the likes of Honda, Toyota and Ford. The five-seat Sportage has a range of four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged version. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

New For 2012
The rear suspension has been revised and floor insulation added to make the Sportage quieter, but otherwise changes are minor for 2012.

Exterior
Redesigned last year, the Sportage has much crisper sheet metal than the model it replaced. The front end is dominated by a black grille bordered by angular headlights that creep up the front fenders. A subtle crease accents the side doors, and sharply angled rear roof pillars draw your eyes to the back of the crossover. Exterior features include:

  • LX models have body-colored door handles and supplementary turn signals in the side mirrors
  • Seventeen-inch rims are now standard on the LX
  • The EX is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and adds body-colored heated side mirrors, roof rails, and chrome trim, including a chrome-bordered grille


Interior
The Sportage has room for five people, and it has a 60/40-split folding backseat. Standard features include cloth seat upholstery, air conditioning, a CD stereo with auxiliary and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a tilt steering wheel and height-adjustable front seats. Interior features include:

  • Available telescoping steering wheel
  • Available keyless entry
  • Available dual-zone air conditioning
  • Available cooled glove box
  • Available power driver's seat
  • EX and SX come with Uvo, Kia's entertainment and communication system that's similar to Ford's Sync
  • Available leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available rear parking sensors
  • Available panoramic moonroof

Under the Hood
The Sportage's base engine is a 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. A 260-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct injection is also available. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with a clutchless-manual mode. Mechanical features include:

  • Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available
  • Standard hill start assist, which holds the Sportage when starting out on an uphill grade
  • Standard hill descent control, which automatically limits vehicle speed during steep descents

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Active front head restraints

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

First Car Purchase - Love it!

by Tlrobinson430 from Sandusky, OH on April 4, 2018

The Kia Sportage fits all of my needs and wants. I was a first time car buyer and didn’t really know where to start. I started with Kia due to reasonable prices. I fell in love with the red 2012 Kia ... Read full review

(5.0)

Kia Sportage

by metvette from Foley, mn on January 3, 2018

This is a quick and quiet all wheel drive vehicle. Good choice for small families and individuals who want all wheel drive in a smaller package Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Kia Sportage currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Kia Sportage Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sportage received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker