2024 Kia Sportage
by Ric Green

The appearance of the 2024 Kia Sportage is unique and will not be confused with other crossovers. The front appearance is highlighted by the large daylight arrow-designed running lights.

U.S. News and World Report recently said the 2024 Kia Sportage offers the most bang for your buck in the compact SUV class with its roomy and upscale interior and a lengthy list of standard features and composed handling.

The Sportage rides on a new platform that features a longer wheelbase than the earlier generation, and ride comfort is improved as a result. The introduction of sporty trims such as the X-Line gives the compact an off-road vibe, but the X-Pro has equipment to help tackle the rough stuff. It rides on black 17-inch rims and all-terrain tires and features a choice of drive modes.

The Sportage manages well overall, with minimal body roll through the turns with controlled steering. Ride quality is also good. Motor Trend states that a comfortable ride quality and easy handling make the Sportage an agreeable daily driver.

The 2024 Sportage comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 187 horses and 178 pound-feet of torque. Front wheel drive is standard. All wheel drive is available and preferred when coupled with a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder with 227 horsepower as well as a 1.5 kWh lithium polymer battery that brings the total range to 655 miles. The hybrid powertrain has a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Where the 2024 Kia Sportage impresses is with its well-built interior and abundance of quality touches. The whole atmosphere feels modern and smooth, and the Sport-age’s few hard plastics are to less-traveled areas of the cabin. All models hold a total of five people. The front seats offer 16 adjustments, a comfortable driving position, and good outward visibility. The cabin feels spacious, and the space of the seats in the back is ample and is reported to be among the class leaders with its palatial rear legroom.

Its hatch accessed rear features more cargo space than other similar sized compact SUVs, according to Kelly’s Blue Book. There is 39.6 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats, and you can fold down the second row for a total of 74.1 cubic feet. Those figures stack up well against some two-row midsize SUVs.

Standard features in the Sportage include an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, and remote keyless entry. Options include a 12.3-inch touch screen, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a Harman Kardon stereo, satellite radio, navigation, wireless device charging, two rear USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry and a panoramic sunroof. Both available infotainment setups have intuitive menus and sharp graphics, which are more visually impressive on the larger touch screen. The one key factor that drives new car purchasers to the showroom of the Kia and its brother the Hyundai is the market-best 10 year or 100,000-mile warranty.

Prices start at $27,000 for the entry-level FWD model and top out at over $40,000 for all the bells and whistles of the AWD Hybrid, and more for the Plug-in Hybrid edition.