The 2012 Kia Sportage offers pretty impressive fuel economy ratings--provided you stick with front-wheel drive. The available all-wheel drive (AWD) system that's available in the Sportage adds a couple hundred pounds and a lot of extra driveline drag, to knock up to 4 mpg off estimates.
Gas mileage ranges from 21/30 mpg with the front-drive four-cylinder, to 20/27 mpg with the SX AWD.
The 2012 Sportage is one of a set of vehicles found to have overstated fuel-economy numbers. Kia initially submitted figures of 22/32 mpg (25 combined) with the 2.4-liter engine and up to 22/29 (24 combined) with the 2.0-liter. On a confirmation check of several vehicles, the EPA found the Sportage's actual tested fuel economy to be lower, with those figures (along with all the rest in the lineup) corrected to 21/20 mpg (25 combined) and 21/28 (24 combined), respectively. See the model-year details for all the other numbers. Also, owners can register with Kia to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels; more details are found at KiaMPGInfo.com.