2012 Kia Sportage Review, Price, Interior, Exterior

May 29th, 2012 | Category: Kia, SUV | 1174 Views

2012 Kia Sportage Reviews – Small SUVs sometimes earn the nickname “cute-utes” and it’s never been more true. Trucky imitation is so 2005, crossovers like the Kia Sportage are sleek little gym shoes, packing the same convenience in much more stylish duds. It’s grown up and out, in size and price and performance, and that means the latest Sportage is now in the thick of things, alongside best sellers like the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, its kin Hyundai Tucson, and the grassroots favorite Subaru Forester.

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2012 Kia Sportage Review, Price, Interior, Exterior

2012 Kia Sportage, Priced from below $20,000 in base form to more than $30,000 as a turbo SX. The Sportage overlaps a lot of larger vehicles now, but it does it with a confident look. We think it’s one of the best-looking compact utes, with its deft mashup of SUV and hatchback lines. The tipped-back stance shares some sass with the Soul, and a few well chosen details lighten up thick body sides. It’s chunky, but not at all clunky we think. what the Jeep Compass could have been. The cockpit relates to the sheetmetal in a way most cars and utes gloss over. Big gauges are framed by a rectangular dash that’s toned down significantly versus the one in the Tucson, though if you look hard, you can see how the two share some common hard points. It’s workmanlike in the best way possible–it looks substantial, and feels authentic.

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2012 Kia Sportage Review, Price, Interior

2012 Kia Sportage interior shows there are quite a lot of hard plastic throughout the cabin, but for the most part, it is both textured and soft enough where passengers generally make contact. Front seats are well contoured and offer good comfort, with adequate headroom and legroom. 60/40-split rear seat is set up to three passengers, but tight enough that it could only be passed to some adults. The fact that this chair does not have the ability to recline and slide forward and back as they do in many of the competitors is the weak point. The 2012 Kia Sportage ranks 9 out of 21 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 16 published reviews and test drives of the Kia Sportage, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. The 2012 Kia Sportage stands out for its attractive, modern styling, impressive list of standard features and affordable base price. But reviewers complain about its performance and poor visibility.

The 2012 Kia Sportage may be one of the least expensive models in its class, but reviewers say that it is more upscale than its price suggests. Unlike many affordable compact SUVs, the Sportage has a sleek, aggressive exterior that reminds test drivers of pricier European models. The Sportage is also packed with standard tech features, like Bluetooth and a USB port, that are usually optional in this class and standard on many luxury compact SUVs.

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2012 Kia Sportage Review, Price

Although it offers luxury at an affordable price, the 2012 Sportage does have its flaws. Test drivers say the base engine is underpowered, though the optional turbocharged engine gives the Sportage a much-needed boost. One characteristic that might be a deal breaker is the Sportage‚Äôs hampered front and rear visibility. Even with these imperfections, the automotive press likes the 2012 Kia Sportage because it is such a great value. For 2012, every Kia Sportage gets revised suspension tuning for improved handing. Kia has also added more sound insulation to reduce noise, LX models get standard 17-inch alloy wheels and low-rolling-resistance tires. EX and SX models now come standard with Kia’s Uvo hands-free interface for cell phones and portable music players.

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2012 Kia Sportage Review

Introduction, Just like people, vehicles have personalities ranging from bland and boring to stylish and entertaining. If you accept that premise, it’s safe to say the 2012 Kia Sportage comes down on the “cool kid” end of the continuum. Part of the appeal of this small crossover SUV is simply that it’s such a dramatic departure from earlier versions, all of which were largely forgettable. This time around, the third-generation Sportage offers a near-ideal balance of style and substance, with an eye-catching look and a lively driving character that many of its competitors can’t match. Truth be told, the Sportage’s 176-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine is merely adequate. But this is outweighed by firm suspension tuning that makes for nimble handling. If that’s not enough, though, the 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the SX model not to mention its sport-tuned suspension makes the Sportage one of the quickest models in its segment.

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2012 Kia Sportage

2012 Kia Sportage engine using 2.4 liter inline 4 cylinder that produces 176 hp and 168 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is offered only on the base model, while all other versions come with six-speed automatic with manual shift feature. Fuel efficiency of 2012 Kia Sportage rated 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, 2012 Kia Sportage price starts from $ 18,500.
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Title: 2012 Kia Sportage Review, Price, Interior, Exterior
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