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2012 Kia Sportage
2012 Kia Sportage
Available Price Range $9,019-$18,927 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 22-25 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Kia Sportage

Our Take

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.The rear suspension has been revised and f... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Short side windows reduce visibility
  • Large rear doors might be difficult to open in tight spaces

Notable Features

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


Our Expert Reviews

Just because the 2012 Kia Sportage is a cute-ute or compact crossover, it doesn't make it an ideal family vehicle. Maybe I'm just getting old (gasp!) or my expectations were set a little too high, but despite its cool factor inside and out, the Sportage disappointed with its lack of cargo space and visibility issues. It pains me to admit that I didn't find the Sportage to be mo... Read full review for the 2012 Kia Sportage

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by xand83 from Washington, DC on September 15, 2011

We went shopping for a Soul. As the model year was switching over, there was a shortage of '11 Souls and no new '12s yet. We hopped in a Sportage to give it a try and fell in love. We liked it so muc... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Kia Sportage.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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