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2020 Kia Sportage Review | CarMax

When it comes to compact crossover vehicles, you can choose from many different shapes and sizes. Some give you a sporty drive, others take you off-road, and still, more offer you a family-sized experience in a small utility package. The 2020 Kia Sportage offers you an array of stylish choices; there's the well-equipped base model, for example, with plenty of driver-assistance technology to keep you confident behind the wheel and in-cabin infotainment options to keep your passengers entertained for miles. Overall, the Kia Sportage is a feature-rich and attractive choice if you're looking for a compact crossover.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Kia Sportages on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Kia Sportage with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the Kia Sportage.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $15,5001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $16,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $19,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $18,0001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $19,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Kia Sportage review:

Key Specs and Features


  • The 2020 Kia Sportage with FWD, 2.4L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • Total available: 129.3 cubic feet
  • Behind the first row: 60.1 cubic feet
  • Behind the second row: 30.7 cubic feet

Towing Capacity:

  • The Kia Sportage's towing capacity is an estimated 2,000 lbs. with the 2.4L four-cylinder engine on 2020 models when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • Five passengers

Engine Options:

  • 2.4L four-cylinder engine making 181 hp
  • 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 240 hp

Tech Features:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® and available Kia UVO® infotainment system4
  • Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and voice recognition
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Available wireless device charging pad
  • Driver attention warning, lane-keeping assist, and forward collision assist with pedestrian detection

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Feature-Rich from Top to Bottom

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The 2020 Kia Sportage aims to keep you satisfied behind the wheel with plenty of useful standard features across the line-up. For example, the base model LX gives you technology like the Kia UVO infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and remote entry; 17-inch alloy wheels also come standard. Meanwhile, the range-topping SX Turbo aims to give you a little something extra during your drive with features such as heated mirrors, automatic headlights, and heated seats.

2. Lots of Standard Driver-Assistance Features

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You can expect a lot from your 2020 Kia Sportage, including a long list of standard driver-assistance features designed to help you handle the unexpected when you're on the road. That includes electronic stability control, driver attention warning, rearview camera, lane-departure warning system, high-beam assist, and forward-collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection system. As for available driver tech, you can keep an eye out for blind-spot collision warning, smart cruise control, and front and rear parking-assist sensors. Your daily ride just got smoother the moment you got behind the wheel.

3. Interior Comfort and Convenience

2020 Kia Sportage Review: Backseat | CarMax

The 2020 Kia Sportage comfortably fits you and four passengers. The cabin is designed to provide generous space for your passengers, with ample legroom in the front and rear (41.5 and 38.2 inches respectively) and plenty of headroom as well (39.3 and 39.1 inches respectively). You're sure to find the cabin as stylish as it is comfortable too, with premium-cloth seat covers and chrome details throughout the dash, both as standard. Other standard comforts include heated and ventilated front seats and Sofino® simulated-leather upholstery.

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4. A Compact Crossover Made for City Streets

Thanks to ample detection systems and cameras, the 2020 Kia Sportage is an ace at navigating you through tight spaces and tighter city parking. That's no surprise though, thanks to the standard rearview camera, available parking sensors, and front-view monitor. A clear view out of the vehicle, as well as the LCD monitor, will also help you keep your Sportage on the right track.

5. Available Kia UVO Connected Car System4

The 2020 Sportage features the available Kia UVO connected car system. UVO integrates just about all communications and connected car features into a fast and engaging platform. That includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but also goes much further, including available vehicle diagnostics, maintenance alerts, remote start, and more—all through your smartphone.4 And if that wasn't enough convenience for you, there's even a built-in navigation interface.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • LX: Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, height-adjustable driver seat, reclining back seat, rearview camera, and more.
  • S: Adds 18-inch wheels, roof rails, a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, Sofino® simulated-leather upholstery, and blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
  • EX: Standard equipment includes a hands-free tailgate, keyless entry and ignition, and a rear USB port.
  • SX Turbo: Adds a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and dual exhaust tips.

Available Colors

  • Black Cherry Pearl
  • Burnished Copper
  • Clear White
  • Hyper Red
  • Pacific Blue
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Steel Gray


  • Total available cargo capacity is 129.3 cubic feet with 30.7 cubic feet available behind the 2nd row.
  • The 2020 Kia Sportage seats up to five passengers.
  • Infotainment includes an eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and available Kia UVO infotainment system, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.4
  • Standard USB/auxiliary input jacks and available USB ports can be found in the rear-floor console.

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Kia Sportage is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Kia Sportage.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $15,5001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $16,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $19,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $18,0001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $19,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Kia Sportage, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Kia Sportage5

The 2020 Kia Sportage is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Kia Sportages with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Kia Sportage.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 4.0/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $462.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Kia Sportage

The 2020 Kia Sportage received an overall score of 5/5 stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Kia Sportage, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is a roomy midsize sedan that seats up to five passengers. It received a styling makeover for the 2018 model year and is currently in its seventh generation (2018 to present). Trunk space measures 16.3 cubic feet. Sonatas give you an option of five different powertrains; the base engine is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that gets 185 hp. With the 2019 Hyundai Sonata, you can enjoy technology features like Bluetooth, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Standard driver-assistance tech adds blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and more. Features across 2017–2019 model years include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Keyless entry
  • Available heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Available wireless smartphone charging

Kia Stinger

Powerful and stylish, the 2019 Kia Stinger is a five-door hatchback that's as luxurious as it is sporty. All-new in 2018, the Stinger seats five passengers with ample room, especially in the front. Cargo space measures 23.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 40.9 cubic feet behind the front seats. There are two engines available for the 2019 Kia Stinger: a 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and a twin-turbo V6 that makes 365 hp. Technology features include a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, and blind-spot monitors. With the 20182019 Kia Stinger you can expect standard features like:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Power seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Shifter paddles
  • Available 15-speaker Harman Kardon® sound system

Kia Optima

If you're looking for a comfortable and stylish sedan, you should put the 2019 Kia Optima on your test-drive list. Mostly unchanged since the 2017 model year, this midsize sedan fits five passengers and does so with class, flair, and advanced driver-assistance technology in the 2019 model. That includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and lane-departure warning all as standard equipment. Trunk room measures 15.9 cubic feet—and there's the added bonus of rear seatbacks that fold to open up to the trunk. Meanwhile, hybrid Optima models get 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space. Four engines are available, including the base 2.4L four-cylinder making 185 hp. Standard features on 2017–2019 Kia Optimas include:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Power doors and windows
  • Keyless ignition
  • Seven-inch touchscreen for infotainment
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

The Bottom Line

If you're searching for a compact crossover with plenty of equipment at the base model price, check out the 2020 Kia Sportage. With its stylish design and comfortable interior, the Sportage deserves a place on your shopping list.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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5RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/01/2019. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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