2013 Kia Sportage SX

The Good The 2013 Kia Sportage SX's engine uses a turbo and direct injection to generate 260 horsepower. Its small SUV form makes it practical for many uses.

The Bad Optioning navigation deletes Kia's more advanced UVO voice command system. iOS integration with the stereo requires a special cable.

The Bottom Line With its turbocharged engine, the 2013 Kia Sportage SX offers a lot more power than most small SUVs, but its cabin tech tends largely towards the average.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 5.0
  • Performance tech 8.0
  • Design 7.0
6.5 Overall

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Review

Turbo makes the Sportage SX a power-mad SUV

Car-focused movies, such as the "Fast and Furious" series, show high-speed chases where the hero hits a nitrous button, causing his car to rear up, the front axle leaving the ground. The 2013 Kia Sportage SX felt a bit like that when I mashed the gas pedal. And it was a front-wheel-drive crossover.

The SX version of the Sportage gets near-uncontrollable power from a turbocharger.

The Sportage, Kia's answer to the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, checks in as a plump-looking crossover. Cargo area with the rear seat up measures 26.1 cubic feet, enough for a good stock of groceries or luggage for two on an extended road trip. The rear seats don't fold quite flat, but doing so still more than doubles the cargo area.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $19,000
  • Brand Kia
  • Trim levels SX
  • Available Engine Gas
  • Body style SUV
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