2013 Kia Sportage Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Larger than the first-generation crossover, this second-generation Kia Sportage still sits on the smaller end of the sporty crossover spectrum. But it does deliver more interior room than before, and nudges the likes of the Nissan Rogue with its seating space and cargo capacity.

In front, passengers sit on well-shaped cushions upholstered in grippy cloth on most versions. When they're covered in leather, the Sportage's seats can also be ventilated and heated, a nice luxury touch in a vehicle that begins life so inexpensively. However, the passenger seat remains a manually operated piece, no matter how much you spend--even though a power driver seat is available.

The cabin's roomy and finished fairly well, but the Sportage could do with less road noise.

These front seats benefit from the Sportage's relatively high dash, and have good leg and shoulder room, with a fairly narrow space for knees, given the ute's overall size. As usual, add a sunroof, subtract headroom. The back seat's like that in the related Hyundai Tucson. Bigger adults will slouch a bit to find a good seating position perched on the otherwise nicely angled cushions.

Cargo space measures 26.1 cubic feet, more than some luxury utes, but smaller than in most other compact crossovers. The rear-end styling means more of the cargo space is hidden behind sheetmetal--great for valuables, not so great if you carry pets often.

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