The 2013 Kia Sportage has plenty going for it with respect to safety. Its feature list is stocked with items that safety-minded folks in northern climates will appreciate--and it's achieved an excellent set of safety ratings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives front-drive Sportages an overall score of four stars, while all-wheel-drive models earn a five-star score. The Sportage earns top 'good' ratings across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—and it's earned the Top Safety Pick designation.
Dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; and stability control are standard in all Sportage models. In addition, they have standard hill-start assist and downhill brake assist, which aid and abet all-traction capability.
Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are available in option packages on some but not in all models. We recommend them, as there are some big blind spots and rearward visibility is s weakness.