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2013 Kia Sportage FWD: 21/30 mpg (2.4-liter auto); 20/27 mpg (2.4-liter manual); 21/28 mpg (2.0-liter auto)
2013 Kia Sportage AWD: 20/27 mpg (2.4-liter auto); 20/27 mpg (2.4-liter manual); 20/25 mpg (2.0-liter auto)
The Kia Sportage carries over its gas-mileage ratings from the year prior--impressive figures that give it at least competitive fuel economy with other popular crossovers in its size class.
The Sportage's economy ratings are split among front- and all-wheel-drive models; those with manual and automatic transmissions; and between the models with 2.0-liter turbo and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines. They have been restated since our initial review: that's because the 2013 Sportage is one of a set of vehicles found to have overstated fuel-economy numbers.
The backstory: 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.
If you're affected by the change in ratings, you can register with Kia to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels. More details are found at KiaMPGInfo.com.
The front-drive Sportage is among the most efficient small crossovers you can buy; just skip the all-wheel drive if you can.