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2021 Kia Sportage

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Customer reviews

5 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4.5 out of 5

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 30 highway, 26 combined

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SX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

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

Optional Features

  • Full Roof Rack
  • Tow Hitch

Drive type


Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.5"/R 38.2"

Head room

F 37.6"/R 37.9"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

165/1653 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2021 Kia Sportage

1. Two engine options

With a standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine that pumps out 181 hp, the 2021 Kia Sportage has plenty of power for daily errands, mountain drives, and highway commutes. You'll find this engine on all trims save for the top SX Turbo, which features a 240 hp turbocharged 2L engine. If you're looking to go further between fill-ups, go for the standard engine, which gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined on FWD models.

 If it's power you're after, keep an eye out for the turbo—it gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined on FWD models.

2. Smooth ride

One of the biggest perks of the Kia Sportage is the comfortable, quiet ride. The suspension absorbs small bumps, and the cabin minimizes road noise, especially around town. The seats are supportive and comfortable, making it great for long journeys—whether that's a fun road trip or your daily commute. This is a great option if you favor comfort in your daily driver.

3. Filled with technology

The standard eight-inch touchscreen on the 2021 Sportage is easy to use and intuitive. If you like to use all your smartphone's features while you're on the road, you'll be pleased to see that Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto capabilities come as standard, too. If you climb the trim levels, you'll find additional technology such as a hands-free tailgate (EX trim), heated and ventilated front seats (SX Turbo), and a premium sound system (SX Turbo).

4. Compact footprint

This is a small SUV with a big personality. If you need lots of space but still need the maneuverability of a smaller vehicle, this is a great choice. You'll still get 30.7 cu-ft of cargo space with all the seats in place, while still being able to navigate cramped parking lots. The maximum cargo capacity expands to 60.1 cu-ft with all the seats down—that's almost double! This makes it great for luggage, sports gear, or even a mountain bike.

5. Available all-wheel drive

If you live somewhere with changeable weather, look out for a 2021 Sportage with available all-wheel drive. This will give you extra confidence when it starts to rain or during winter drives. If the conditions worsen or you just fancy some light off-roading, the driver-controlled center differential provides added traction at low speeds.

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

RepairPal reliability rating


RepairPal gave the Kia Sportage an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Sportage 6th out of 27 among Compact SUVs.

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