2015 Kia Sportage

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Kia Sportage base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Modern design
  • Standard USB port and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Panoramic moonroof available

The Bad

  • Short side windows reduce visibility
  • Large rear doors might be difficult to open in tight spaces
2015 Kia Sportage exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2015 Kia Sportage

  • Turbo four-cylinder available.
  • Uvo connectivity system available
  • FWD or AWD

2015 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 offers a choice of four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged four-cylinder. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.
New for 2015
There are no significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Available spoiler
  • Available trailer hitch receiver
  • Available fog lights
  • Available panoramic moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Cloth seat upholstery; leather available
  • Air conditioning
  • CD stereo with MP3 and USB ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Tilt steering wheel; available telescoping steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable front seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available cooled glove box
  • Available power driver's seat
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats

Under the Hood

  • 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 260-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hill start assist, which holds the Sportage when starting on an uphill grade
  • Hill descent control, which automatically limits vehicle speed during steep descents

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available backup camer...
Vehicle Overview

This small crossover represents another salvo directed at the likes of Honda, Toyota and Ford. The five-seat Sportage offers a choice of four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged four-cylinder. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.
New for 2015
There are no significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Available spoiler
  • Available trailer hitch receiver
  • Available fog lights
  • Available panoramic moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Cloth seat upholstery; leather available
  • Air conditioning
  • CD stereo with MP3 and USB ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Tilt steering wheel; available telescoping steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable front seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available cooled glove box
  • Available power driver's seat
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats

Under the Hood

  • 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 260-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hill start assist, which holds the Sportage when starting on an uphill grade
  • Hill descent control, which automatically limits vehicle speed during steep descents

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available backup camera

 


Latest 2015 Sportage Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Car buying experience

by JoshKen Sportsfan from Tacoma, WA on May 21, 2018

The Kia Sportage is a very nice car. My son enjoyed driving it as well as loving it. It's a perfect size SUV for our son. Read full review

(5.0)

A Basic affordable all wheel drive

by Zepires65 from Webster, ma on April 29, 2018

So far so good! Nothing glamorous but not a $50,000 dollar vehicle worth purchasing used because after 2 years car can still be bought preowned with low miles like new. Plus doing it this way saves ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Kia Sportage currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Kia Sportage LX

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
poor
Structure and safety cage
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
good
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.

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