2020 Kia Sportage review

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Kia Sportage highlights

Customer rating


  • Generous head and legroom throughout
  • Comfortable and supportive seating
  • Hushed interior at highway speeds


  • Slow acceleration
  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Restricted visibility

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 24 highway, 21 combined

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Feature-rich and ready to roll.

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.

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What is new for the 2020 Kia Sportage?

  • The Sportage is available in a new trim called the S.
  • Sportage trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The EX trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning and Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment.
  • The LX trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.

2020 Kia Sportage trims

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  • Includes all features available on the EX

  • 237-hp, 260-lb-ft of torque 2.0L

  • 240-hp, 260-lb-ft of torque 2.0L

  • Panoramic Sunroof

  • A/C Seats

  • Automated Cruise Control

  • Turbo Charged Engine

  • Harman Kardon Sound

  • Navigation System

  • View all Kia Sportage SXs in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Kia Sportage

1. Feature-rich from top to bottom

2020 Kia Sportage Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

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

2020 Kia Sportage Review: Front Seat | CarMax

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.

2020 Kia Sportage Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

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 system

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.

And if that wasn't enough convenience for you, there's even a built-in navigation interface.

Similar vehicles

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

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Hyundai Sonata

With comfortable, supportive seats and a user-friendly infotainment system, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata is a smart choice in the sedan market. This year's model comes with the choice of three powertrains: the 185-horsepower base engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 178 horsepower, and a 245-horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine. A sophisticated ride, the Sonata is an excellent commuter car. Hyundai includes standard an array of technology features on the 2019 Sonata, like blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert; all of these give you more confidence on the road. With a seven-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay included in the 2019 base model, the Sonata is a smart choice for sedan drivers.

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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

LX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cloth Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Remote Start
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.5"/R 38.2"

Head room

F 39.3"/R 39.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

165/1653 lbs.



2020 Kia Sportage FAQ

More about the 2020 Kia Sportage

Color options

Exterior options

  • Black Cherry Pearl

  • Burnished Copper

  • Clear White

  • Hyper Red

  • Pacific Blue

  • Sparkling Silver

  • Steel Gray

Interior details

  • 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.

  • Standard USB/auxiliary input jacks and available USB ports can be found in the rear-floor console.

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