2021 Kia Sportage

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2021 Kia Sportage
2021 Kia Sportage

Key specs

Base trim shown.


The good:

  • Performance with turbo engine
  • Accurate steering with good feedback
  • Backseat comfort for adults
  • Enormous moonroof available

The bad:

  • Hesitant acceleration from a standstill with AWD
  • Gas mileage trails competition
  • Stubby exterior shape

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price.

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Kia Sportage trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New Nightfall Edition
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Choice of two four-cylinder engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

2021 Kia Sportage Review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Kia Sportage?

The Kia Sportage is a compact SUV with room for five. It competes with popular SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Under the Sportage’s hood is a standard 181-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission. The optional engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 240 hp in front-wheel-drive models and 237 hp in all-wheel-drive versions.  

What’s New on the 2021 Kia Sportage?

Nightfall Edition and Nightfall Edition Premium packages are available on the S trim level, featuring piano-black exterior accents, unique 18-inch alloy wheels and special Sportage badging on the liftgate. 

What Features in the 2021 Kia Sportage Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist

Available features include:

  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation
  • Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Wireless device charging
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Sport-tuned suspension

Should I Buy the 2021 Kia Sportage?

By and large, the Sportage delivers a refined driving experience and has an inviting interior with a backseat roomy enough for adults to ride comfortably. The touchscreen multimedia system is simple to use, but gas mileage is subpar.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Has 500 miles developed a noisey racket from motor

It's a great car as long as you don't have any noises from motor after the first 500 miles and is getting louder, the dealer won't replace any parts in question high pressure fuel pump follower, or a possible timing chain tensioner. Warranty department is yet to be desired on this issue but could just this kia dealer. Love the kia sportage and fun car to drive


So far so good but I haven't driven it much.

The true litmus test will be on an upcoming 2 - month road trip, otherwise, I just have driven it much but so far I'm pleased


It's the best car that I have owned so far.

I love the sporty look. Every time that I look at it I can't believe it's mines. I wish it had automatic start and the trunk lift with the remote but I know I can't have everything. I love the drive modes the lane assist, cruise control, camera, sound of the music, the color, etc. Just overwhelmed and always looking forward to driving it again.

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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