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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
As is often the case with Kias, there is a lot of value in this vehicle.
Other thoughtful touches abound, including rear-parking assist, back-up camera, dual-zone climate control, ionized filtration A/C, a cooled glove box, a giant panoramic sunroof and a bottom-hinged throttle pedal, just like a Porsche.
Unlike with Sync, though, there's no navigation feature, and due to a planning oversight, you won't be able to get UVO with the factory nav system until the 2012 model year.
UVO searches all of your media sources, finds the song you want then plays it. Pretty slick.
The spot where you plug in the key fob for pushbutton start is in the center console storage area and the iPod jack is just below the center stack.
The 2012 Kia Sportage comes with a generous list of standard features, no matter which model. And most of them include connectivity features like Bluetooth and a USB port.
Kia offers three versions of the Sportage. The base vehicle is priced at around $19,000 and brings with it air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; and 16-inch wheels. Moving up to more expensive models adds features like keyless start; satellite radio; Bluetooth; steering-wheel audio and phone controls; and a USB port.
Top LX models get a cooled glove box; a power driver seat; 18-inch wheels; leather steering wheel and shifter trim; roof rails; and a rear spoiler. One disappointment--at least for those who choose EX models--is that you have to also step up to the LX to get telescopic steering adjustment.
Major options include leather upholstery; seat heaters; a cooled driver seat; and finally UVO, Kia's version of the Microsoft voice controller sold by Ford as SYNC. Kia's version has a more limited vocabulary and controls fewer functions, but it can search all your media to find the perfect soundtrack to your next drive, whether it lives on your iPod, an SD card, or HD Radio.
The 2012 Kia Sportage comes with more standard features than rival models in the same price range, but it's not a value standout in all respects.