2012 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Sportage is Kia’s compact SUV which is new for 2012 with a modern, clean design that features a high beltline, sweeping angles and more pronounced wheel flares than its predecessor. The front end includes a signature Kia grille and swept back headlights and the rear is highlight by distinctive taillights set into the liftgate. The second-generation Sportage debuted as a 2005 model with a sportier and more elegant design than its more rugged predecessor and more interior room due to a longer wheelbase and wider stance. The Sportage was first introduced in 1995 and in 1997 Sportage adopted the automobile industry’s first knee airbag to augment its high level of standard equipment. For the 1999 model year, Kia added a 2-door Sportage convertible with a removable soft-top over the rear seat area with a fixed hardtop over the front seat area.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV with seating for five. There are now a total of four trim levels available, including Base, LX, EX and SX.
Standard features on the base model include 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, full power accessories, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.
Stepping up to the Sportage LX adds 17-inch alloy wheels, turn signals integrated into the exterior mirrors, tinted rear windows and keyless entry. The Convenience package adds rear parking sensors, a rear spoiler, roof rails, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and floor mats.
The Sportage EX includes the Convenience package along with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an easier-folding rear seat, a rearview camera, the Uvo voice-activated cell phone and audio interface, and an upgraded sound system with HD radio, digital music storage and a small touchscreen interface. The EX Premium package adds a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, the SX’s upgraded gauges, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a cooled driver seat and an auto-dimming mirror.
The SX model adds to the EX’s standard equipment a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded gauges, leather upholstery and distinctive exterior and interior styling details. The SX Premium package is similar to the EX version.
Powertrains and Performance
Most versions of the 2012 Kia Sportage are powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4-cylinder engine that produces 176 hp and 168 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered on base models, while all other versions come with a six-speed automatic with manual shift feature.
The SX model gets a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out an impressive 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel economy is 22/29/24 with front-wheel drive and 21/26/23 with AWD.
Standard safety features on all 2012 Kia Sportage models include front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints, antilock disc brakes, traction control and stability control, as well as hill descent and hill start control.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the Sportage received the highest rating of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.
Interior Design and Special Features
The 2012 Kia Sportage’s interior features a pleasing mix of complex and organic shapes to create a more interesting look than most competitors manage. There is quite a bit of hard plastic throughout the cabin, but for the most part, it’s well textured and adequately padded where passengers generally make contact.
The front seats are nicely contoured and offer good comfort, with adequate headroom and legroom. The 60/40-split rear seat is set up for three passengers, but it’s tight enough that it’s just passable for a couple of adults. The fact that this seat lacks the ability to recline and slide fore and aft as they do in many competitors is a weak point.
The interior’s other major shortcoming is its relative lack of cargo space compared to some other small crossover SUVs. Behind the rear seats are just 26.1 cubic feet of space, which grows to 54.6 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks laid flat. To put that last number in perspective, that makes it about 15 cubic feet smaller than the cargo holds of both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
While the 2012 Kia Sportage is by no means a tall four-door sports car, it’s still relatively fun to drive. The 2.4-liter engine gives it enough get-up-and-go to be interesting and the six-speed automatic transmission works well in both fully automatic and manual shift modes. The turbocharged engine is energetic, though its impressive fuel economy numbers are predicated on your being conservative with the throttle.
2012 Kia Sportage Price :
MSRP range: $18,500 – $28,400
Invoice price range: $18,135 – $26,495
2012 Kia Sportage Specs :
Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3157
City (MPG) : 21
Hwy (MPG) : 29
Horsepower : 176@6000
Torque (lb-ft): 168@4000
Wheelbase : 103.9
Length (in.) : 174.8
Width (in.) : 73.0
Height (in.) : 64.4