• Feb 14, 2011
2011 Kia Sportage - Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 Kia Sportage beat out both the Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in a recent CUV shootout conducted by Consumer Reports. According to CR, Kia has managed to more effectively straddle the line between a full-on SUV and a more civil hatchback with its offering. That's thanks largely to the fact that the Sportage serves up plenty of interior room without falling on its face in the fun-to-drive department. While the Juke delivers unique styling and plenty of performance, buyers are forced to make major sacrifices in the cargo room department.

Meanwhile, Consumer Reports found the Outlander Sport to share too much DNA with the standard Outlander to take the title.

Everything wasn't all roses and sunshine with the Sportage, however. CR noted that the vehicle has a planted highway ride, but that acceleration was "leisurely." Additionally, the Korean CUV has a stiff ride and plenty of road noise at speed. The tester for this particular competition carried a $23,790 MSRP and the company's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 176 horsepower. CR says that the vehicle managed 22 combined miles per gallon in its testing. Hit the jump for the press release.



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[Source: Consumer Reports]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      When the Sportage SX hits the market don't be surprised to see them sell with little or no discount. Even a Sportage EX does not get much bargaining room.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, its definitely the looker of the 3, thats for dang sure! I havent driven any of them, but if it drives and behaves and has the build quality that matches the rest of the current KIA lineup, Im sure its juuuust fine as-is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      At only 162" long (over a foot shorter!), the Juke holds less. Duh! One look at it and you know it's MUCH smaller than the Sportage. CU must think people are stupid. Obviously, if you choose the Juke over any of dozens of true SUV's, you must have your reasons, chief among them is probably that you didn't want a huge, honking SUV! Thus, less cargo space translate into the advantages sought after, more than likely. Hardly a demerit!
      • 3 Years Ago
      22 mpg?? And in the mean time, my A4 diesel avant gets me AT LEAST 38 mpg.... Wow, all that for 10% more room... This is ridiculous.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No I mean 6.2 L/100 km which is my computer average over the last 6 months (and is in agreement with my own calculations at the pump, i don't trust trip computers), and which according to google is 37.937836 mpg. That includes highway driving in France at 80 MPH, in Germany at between 80 and 100 MPH, driving up the mountain twice, and running around in town. I had the same experience with a rental Ford Mondeo Station wagon, which is a little larger than the A4 actually, and was returning 40 mpg at 80+ MPH.
        I am sorry, but anybody who thinks that 22 mpg for a vehicle this size, and apparently not even quick, is acceptable lives in the 80's, not in the 2010's...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Way to compare two VERY DIFFERENT types of vehicles. While you're at it, why not compare a WRX to a GMC Denali.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Congrats,but you forgot to factor in price into the equation. Even if you use the cheaper Jetta Sportwagen as the comparison, the Jetta costs almost $5k when similarly equipped. Factoring in that and the higher cost of diesel in the U.S., it'll take you approximately 15 years to pay off the difference if you drive around 12k miles per year. That's using the EPA numbers because, as always, your mileage may vary.
        • 3 Years Ago
        In Europe, the Sportage does come with diesel engine that returns 52.3mpg (EU Combined) - 1.7 CDRi engine .. take that A4 with ONLY 38mpg!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes it's an european car, and it's my own mileage, while driving 80+ MPH with kids and a car filled up to the brim. No matter how hard I drive it I don't get below 38 mpg. Yes it's not real fast, but apparently neither is this CUV. And once again just a little bit smaller. And I bet it handles much better too, which is what people who care about car should really be interested in.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are not VERY different. One is a station wagon, the other one is a big hatchback/station wagon that wants to be an SUV but oh my god is not really, and is a grand 10% larger inside and can tow 10% more . Oh but sure, you are sitting high and pretty on that thing...
        I am sorry, but 22 mpg for THIS and a 4 cylinder is ridiculous.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Jb, do you mean 38 miles per imperial gallon? Your US fuel economy would be 31-32 mpg.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ JP...Do you live in Europe? If so is that 38 mpg in the European cycle?
      • 3 Years Ago
      it looks good...but i'm not sure i'd shell out 20large for any of them. Then again, I'm am very cheap and might try one used in a year or 2.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should've tested the diesel. Better acceleration, better fuel economy.
      I'm highly dubious over anything from America that says the suspension is too stiff - if the soft wallow of cars I see in movies and TV shows that look like they are riding a waterbed is anything to go by, give me the stiffest suspension you have
      • 3 Years Ago
      Odd. Nice little vehicle but the suspension is noisy and the view out the rear window is......well, there isn't much of one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      kudos Kia.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 'C'/'D' pillar thing is way too thick...otherwise, this CUV, and Hyundai/Kia in general, are most likely making other manufactures somewhat nervous. Price-points coming down with the quality going up is good for all us consumers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sat in a Kia Sportage at the Chicago Auto show. The plastics in the dashboard were extremely cheap, especially compared to the ones in the GM CUVs, the Tiguan, the Journey, and the CR-V which I had sat in earlier.

      I wonder how much Kia payed Consumer Reports to promote the Sportage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would the Forester not be considered in the same class?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It appears Consumer Reports is living in the past.

        The Sportage has grown up with the latest generation, and now sits firmly in the volume small CUV class with the Forester, Escape, Equinox, RAV4, CRV, Rogue, Outlander, Tiguan, etc. The Juke and Outlander Sport usher in a new generation of compact CUV models designed to fill the gap left by the fact that most of the other models that formerly occupied the bottom rung on the CUV food chain (including the CRV and RAV4 too) have simply grown up and moved on.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Thanks, guys. Just curious, as I'm debating between either the Forester or the Sportage. I love the Sportage's looks and I thought it drove pretty well, but I never got it up to highway speeds, so I'll have to wait till I drive it again before I can get a better sense for the car. Right now, leaning towards the Forester, but who knows?

        Thanks for the info.
        • 3 Years Ago
        CR's monthly comparison articles do not test the *entire class*, but rather the latest round of entries into the class--the less-new CR-V, RAV4, and Forester were tested a few years back. Each car's quantitative scores (as calculated by CR) are published in a graph at the beginning of the article, to show the relative scores of the vehicles tested in the article against the class in general. The Sportage "won" in this article, but may very well not have topped the class in CR's ratings.

        However, Autoblog lazily reports that the Sportage "tops small CUVs" in the publication's opinion. Wrong... it was rated best of the three SUVs covered by this particular test, not necessarily the class at large.

        I'm not a CR subscriber, so don't know which SUVs may or may not be rated above the Sportage in CR's rankings. But it annoys me that Zach and/or Autoblog (still) can't be arsed to do some basic fact-checking when it comes to CR.
        • 3 Years Ago
        yes, see below.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Our '09 Forester averages 24mpg with the same power and a 4-speed.
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