2012 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2012 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door EX Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Kia's UVO voice controller uses some of the same code as Ford's SYNC system--both have Microsoft roots--but it has a more limited set of functions.

It's still a better idea than steering your iPod with your hands and a distracted pair of eyes, in our opinion.

2012 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Sportage
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2012 Ford Escape Hybrid2012 Ford Escape
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2012 Honda CR-V2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door Auto GLS Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Tucson
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2011 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Rogue
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2012 Subaru Forester2012 Subaru Forester
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Quick Specs
8.0
The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
7.2
If you're keen on green in crossover form, the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid earns good gas-mileage ratings, but its styling and handling are showing their age.
7.8
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
8.0
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
7.2
The 2012 Nissan Rogue's comfortable ride and versatile layout make it a good fit for a value-conscious small families--but it's far from exciting to drive.
7.4
The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns.
MSRP From     
$18,500$21,440$22,495$19,145$22,070$20,595
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GLFWD 4-Door S4-Door Manual 2.5X
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
ManualManualAutomaticManualContinuously variable ratioManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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