2008 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2008 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door I4 Auto LX Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Since the 2008 Kia Sportage is a car-based crossover SUV, it is safe to assume that you're not looking for a vehicle with capabilities like a Jeep Wrangler.

Agreed? Good.

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Quick Specs
6.8
If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value.
7.4
Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date.
8.0
With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.8
With the 2009 Nissan Rogue, the crossover market gets another right-sized entry that’s just a little tighter inside than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
MSRP From    
$16,050$20,435$23,280$20,700$19,430
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door S w/CA Emissions
Drivetrain    
2 Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticContinuously Variable