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2018 Kia Sportage

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$9,857 — $23,261 USED
5 Seats
21-26 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance with turbocharged engine
  • Accurate steering with good feedback
  • Backseat comfortable for adults
  • Enormous moonroof available
  • Center console ergonomics

The Bad

  • Stubby exterior styling
  • Adaptive cruise control not offered
  • Price of SX Turbo
  • Hesitant acceleration from a standstill with AWD
  • Less cargo room than class leaders
2018 Kia Sportage exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Kia Sportage
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Choice of two four-cylinder engines
  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity available

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2018 Kia Sportage Review

from the expert editorial team

What it is: The five-seat Sportage was redesigned last year with a sporty look, upgraded interior materials and beefed-up safety systems and tech features. The Sportage offers front- or all-wheel drive, and competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

New for 2018

The base LX trim gets updated cloth upholstery, and a new LX Technology Package includes blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Best car in all weather

by Mimi from West Boylston, MA on January 27, 2020

The Kia Sportage is the first car I’ve owned and it is so reliable, especially in the snow and bad weather, which we have plenty of here in New England! Read full review


Amazing First Car

by NataliaC from Scottsdale, Arizona on January 10, 2020

After testing out many similar cars, this car was one that I immediately felt safe in. It’s comfortable and heavy, yet you feel like you can zip around quickly. Although this is a first car, it would ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2018 Kia Sportage currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Latest 2018 Sportage Stories

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sportage received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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