2019 Kia Sportage review

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Kia Sportage highlights

Customer rating


  • Smooth and comfortable ride
  • Spacious and accommodating passenger seating
  • Quiet cabin for serene highway cruising


  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Modest cargo capacity
  • Base engine lacks sufficient power

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 23 highway, 21 combined

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A quiet, comfortable, and stylish SUV.

When it's time to upgrade from a sedan to something bigger or you want something with the seats and space to accommodate everybody, consider the 2019 Kia Sportage. Behind the exciting looks is a five-passenger SUV that offers a selection of modern technology, a choice of peppy engines, and plenty of modern driving aids. Whether you're looking for a roomier around-town family vehicle or something with some ground clearance and all-wheel drive for winter weather, the 2019 Kia Sportage is a great option.

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What is new for the 2019 Kia Sportage?

  • Sportage trims have been upgraded with CD Audio as standard equipment this year.
  • Remote Start and Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The LX trim now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.

2019 Kia Sportage trims

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  • Starting out at the base-level LX trim, you'll find standard features like a five-inch touchscreen, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, cloth seats, and Bluetooth® connectivity.

  • View all Kia Sportage LXs in stock


  • This mid-level trim unlocks many standard features and options, like a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, leather seats, heated seats, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.

  • View all Kia Sportage EXs in stock

SX Turbo

  • This top-trim model replaces the standard engine with a turbocharged one and adds automatic forward braking, a panoramic sunroof, a kick-activated power tailgate, LED lighting, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Kia Sportage

1. Space for everyday life

2019 Kia Sportage: Front Seats | CarMax

The 2019 Kia Sportage is a five-passenger, two-row SUV that offers plenty of space. With all the seats folded up, there's an impressive 30.7 cubic feet of room. Folding down the second row opens up 60.1 cubic feet of space for those bulky items. You can split-fold the rear bench 60/40 and fold-flat the front seats, opening up many different layout options.

2019 Kia Sportage: Cargo | CarMax

2. Impressive driving aids

2019 Kia Sportage: Dashboard | CarMax

It can be nice having an extra pair of eyes on the road. The 2019 Kia Sportage is available with Kia's Drive Wise suite of driver-aid technology. While a rearview camera is standard, mid- and top-trim 2019 Kia Sportage models can include blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic forward emergency braking, and front- and rear-facing parking sensors. Automatic high beams are also available.

3. Fuel economy

2019 Kia Sportage: Engine | CarMax

There are two engine choices available on the 2019 Kia Sportage. Standard models are equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower, while an optional turbocharged 2.0L engine makes 240 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is available on all trims. When equipped with the 2.4L four-cylinder and front-wheel drive, the 2019 Kia Sportage gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

4. Comfort for the long ride

2019 Kia Sportage: Backseat | CarMax

Sitting for long periods should be less tiring in the 2019 Kia Sportage. Even in entry-level 2019 models, front seats are comfortable and supportive. The rear passengers are treated to 38.2-inches of legroom; the second-row should be just as pleasant to sit in, offering excellent all-around support. A well-insulated interior is designed to keep down the road noise, capping off the comfortable experience.

5. A Base trim that isn't basic

The 2019 Kia Sportage doesn't skimp on the features in the base-level LX FWD trim. This starter trim still includes great features like Bluetooth® connectivity and a rearview camera. You’ll also enjoy heated front seats for those cold mornings and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Kia Sportage an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Sportage 7th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Kia Sportage features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Overall length






Leg room

F 41.5"/R 38.2"

Head room

F 39.3"/R 39.1"

Front tires


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Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

165/1650 lbs.



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Color options

Exterior colors

  • Black Cherry

  • Burnished Copper

  • Clear White

  • Hyper Red

  • Mineral Silver

  • Pacific Blue

  • Snow White Pearl

  • Sparkling Silver

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