2022 Kia Sportage

Rating8.1

Ranked #5 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$24,090 - $36,425

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Key Spec of 2022 Kia Sportage
fuel economy

23/26/30

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Quirky exterior styling

Low cargo volume

LX Value Edition package introduced with newer features

Plush cabin space

Mediocre gas mileage

A new trim called ‘Nightfall' replaces the S trim for 2022.

Optional turbo engine is punchy

Sluggish acceleration

EX trim gets sunroof as standard

Excellent safety ratings

2022 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 27, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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As compelling and competitive, the 2022 Kia Sportage is back once again with a shuffled trim lineup - the Nightfall Edition replaces the S trim level and minor interior and exterior feature additions on the LX and EX trim levels. The 2022 Sportage makes a strong case for itself with its reasonable pricing, which is almost $1500 to $2000 lower than the compact SUV class average. Not only this, the Kia Sportage 2022 offers a stylish interior with room for five, a long list of standard features, along with a class-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Sportage is powered by a standard 181-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. An optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder available on the SX Turbo makes 240 hp in front-wheel-drive models, and 237 hp with all-wheel drive. The Kia Sportage SX is one of the fastest compact SUVs with a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds

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Now in its fifth generation, the prices for the base 2022 Kia Sportage start from a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,090 for the base LX FWD trim, and the most expensive Sportage SX Turbo AWD trim costs $35,250 without options. The prices exclude the $1,175 destination charge. Kia offers all-wheel drive for an extra $1,500 option, except for the Nightfall trim, where it’s $1,700. Some of the most expensive options include things like premium paint ($395), a paint protection package ($425), and a tow hitch (also $425).  A redesigned Sportage arrives for the 2023 model year, probably with a new hybrid Sportage model added to the lineup. Furthermore, plenty of finance options is also available, such as some affordable lease deals. For $347/ month excluding a $2000 signing cost, you can get a Kia Sportage with a 12000 annual mileage limit for a 36-month term.

2022 Kia Sportage Buying Advice

The differences between the 2021 and 2022 Sportage models are minor. The Nightfall Edition, previously an available package, is now a standalone trim that replaces the S trim in the 2022 Sportage lineup. Also, the base model gets more available options this year including heated front seats and proximity keyless entry. The EX gains a sunroof. Kia refreshed the interior and exterior design of the Sportage 2020 plus added more equipment to the standard features list. Shoppers looking for used Kia Sportage can save money on the 2020 or 2021 models which are available at a lower average price unless you need a Nightfall edition model. The 2022 model closes out the fourth generation of the Kia Sportage, which was first introduced in 2017.

2022 Kia Sportage Latest Updates

  • Apr' 13, 2022 : 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Pricing Announced, Range Starts At $27,290 Read More »
  • Mar' 21, 2022 : Kia Sedona And Kia Sportage Earns J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) Awards Read More »
  • Mar' 9, 2022 : Battle of the Generations: 2021 Kia Sportage V/S 2023 Kia Sportage Read More »

Though the Kia is starting to show its age, the 2022 Sportage offers an attractive interior with roomy passenger space and cargo volume. Also, the Kia Sportage's fuel economy is average in the compact SUV class - EPA estimates up to 23 city/30 highway mpg. The Sportage's long list of standard and available features make a strong value statement as compared to the competitors. Available for sale across Kia showrooms, the 2022 Sportage see an improvement in sales, almost 26.2 percent up compared to the same period last year. However, the corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson is all-new for 2022 and outsells the Kia by some margin. The Kia Sportage 2022 competes with the top-rated compact SUVs such as Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.


Over All Rating

8.1

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Notable Rankings

#5 in Compact Suv

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Trims

LX$24,090 onwards

  • 60/40-split folding
  • 8-Inch touchscreen display
  • Blind-Spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  • Gloss black interior trim
  • Piano black exterior accents
  • Rear USB port
  • Usb port

Nightfall$28,090 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  • Foglights
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Piano black exterior accents
  • Power-Adjustable driver's seat

EX$28,390 onwards

  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Gloss black interior trim
  • Hands-Free liftgate
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Keyless entry and push-button ignition
  • Rear USB port

SX Turbo$33,750 onwards

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Heated flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Led headlights
  • Navigation system and satellite radio
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Wireless smartphone charging pad


Colors and Styles

2022 Kia Sportage in Black Cherry color
Black Cherry

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2022 Kia Sportage slots right in the hotly contested compact SUV segment where it faces the heat from the likes of Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and its cousin the Hyundai Tucson. The 2022 Sportage sees no major design or mechanical changes and still banks upon an upscale spacious interior and a practical cargo space. It has been 5 long years since the Sportage SUV received any noteworthy major changes, which makes it less and less relevant among the growing competition. On the specs front, the base Sportage's four-cylinder engine delivers a decent ride, and the top-range Sportage SX Turbo models with the more powerful turbocharged GDI engine are the zestier. However, the subpar fuel economy and just-adequate interior space put the Kia Sportage behind the top-rated rivals including Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

The driving experience from the Sportage is sedate and even the turbocharged Sportage isn't as quick as some of the other fast SUVs in the segment. Also, with the increased speed, it has its limitations in the form of handling as the ride quality is on the softer side. That being said, 2022 Sportage fights tooth and nail in the segment with its aggressive pricing and top-notch safety ratings. On the topic of pricing, the 2022 Sportage starts off at an MSRP of $24,090.


Buying Advice

Amongst the wide foray of trims on offer, the 2022 Kia Sportage Nightfall Edition is the one we'd ask to opt for. For a competitive price of $28,090, this specific trim has a good collection of practical features on offer. It is the newest member in the lineup and brings along with it SynTex seating and many more driver-assistance extras to the mix. It certainly is a value for money proposition.

Features
8.0/10

The 2022 Kia Sportage gets four trim options namely LX, Nightfall, EX, and SX Turbo. The S trim from last year has been replaced with Nightfall trim. The base LX trim starts at $24,090 and the topmost SX Turbo trim maxes out at $35,250 with AWD. All the four trims come standard with FWD while AWD can be added for $1,500 on all except the Nightfall trim, on the Nightfall trim AWD costs $1,700 extra.

Trims

LX

Nightfall

EX

SX Turbo

MSRP (FWD)

$24,090

$28,090

$28,390

$33,750

MSRP (AWD)

$25,590

$29,790

$29,890

$35,250

Features

Lane departure warning w/ lane keep assist

Adds or upgrades to “LX”

Adds or upgrades to “Nightfall”

Adds or upgrades to “EX”

 

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Smart Key entry with push-button start

4.2-inch driver's multi-information display

 

Bi-projector beam headlights w/ LED daytime running lights

Silver roof rails

Dual-zone automatic climate control

19-inch machined alloy wheels

 

Rear AC vents

Powered-folding and heated outside mirrors w/ LED turn signal

Powered rear tailgate

Dual exhaust w/ chrome tip

 

8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system w/ 6-speaker audio setup

Smart Cruise Control with Start/Stop function

10-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support

LED headlights, front fog lamps, and taillights

 

Rearview camera

USB 2.1 rear charging ports

Heated front seats

Paddle shifters

 

Forward collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking

Blind-spot collision warning w/ rear cross-traffic alert

Panoramic sunroof

Ventilated front seats

 

 

Front and rear silver skid plate

Cruise control w/ stop and go

Flat-bottom steering wheel

The LX, Nightfall, and EX trims are powered by a naturally aspirated engine while the SX Turbo trim gets a turbocharged inline-4 engine. Changes done to the trim features this year include panoramic sunroof now standard on the EX trim and the SX Turbo trim getting equipped with complimentary map updates and ADAS feature support. Most of the trims offer optional packages and a couple of them worth looking at include the likes of the LX Value Edition Package for the LX trim, the Nightfall Premium Package for the Nightfall trim, and the EX Technology Package for EX trim.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

While we love the speedy turbocharged model, it's hard to justify its price given that the less powerful engine is still enjoyable to drive - Car and Driver

Engine choices for the 2022 Kia Sportage include a base naturally aspirated and a turbocharged engine. The base Sportage engine is a 2.4-liter inline-4 unit putting out 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mediocre in terms of performance and offers a sedate driving experience. The level of refinement of the engine however is top notch and you hardly ever feel any clutter or vibrations while driving.

While those looking for a punchy powertrain will prefer the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine available only on the SX Turbo trim. It cranks out 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to either front wheels or all four wheels via AWD. The 2022 Sportage with the base engine does 0-60 MPH in about 9.0 seconds and covers the quarter-mile distance in about 16.8 seconds. While the SportageTurbo SX Turbo with the turbocharged engine sprints from 0-60 MPH in 8.1 seconds and covers the quarter-mile taking 16.3 seconds.

Models

2022 Kia Sportage

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Nissan Rogue

2022 Hyundai Tucson

MSRP

$24,090

$26,400

$27,875

$26,745

Engine

2.4-liter inline-4

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

2.5-liter inline-4

2.5-liter inline-4 

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

8-speed automatic

Power

181 hp @ 6000 RPM

190 hp @ 5600 RPM

201 hp @ 6000 RPM

187 hp @ 6100 RPM

Torque

175 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

179 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

225 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM

182 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec) 9.0 7.7 8.1 8.9
Quarter-mile (sec) 16.8 16.0 16.5 16.8
Top Speed (MPH) 121

127

120 130

The ride quality of the 2022 Sportage falls under the comfortable category soaking up bad roads, bumps, and undulation with ease. The Sportage on the whole is a pretty nimble car to drive. The steering is light but precise, so cutting through traffic and navigating tight spaces is easy. In short, if you’re looking for something that is thrilling to drive or something that you could take off-roading, then you’re at the wrong place. The Sportage is built for sedate driving and is mostly suited for urban cruising which it does perfectly well.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

The 2022 Kia Sportage, with its standard 2.4-liter, NA unit, has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 23 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on the highway, and 26 MPG combined. Getting AWD in place of FWD sees a drop of 1 MPG in the city, 4 MPG on the highway, and 3 MPG combined. The Sportage powered by the turbocharged motor returns 20/28/23 MPG in the city/highway/combined respectively. While the turbocharged Sportage with AWD is the least efficient returning 19/24/21 MPG in the city/highway/combined respectively.

The Honda CR-V is the most fuel-efficient car in the competition and gets an EPA rating of 30 MPG combined. The CR-V is followed by the Nissan Rogue that gets a similar combined EPA rating but lower city gas mileage compared to the CR-V. The Hyundai Tucson even with the smaller and least powerful engine has the lowest fuel economy rating in the competition and delivers about 25 MPG combined.

Interior
8.0/10

Kia's infotainment is user-friendly, but technology overall is outclassed by newer competitors - Motortrend

The interiors of the 2022 Sportage haven’t changed all that much compared to the outgoing model. The design of the interior has always been simple and subtle. What has impressed us the most is that Kia has not compromised in terms of the quality of materials used on the inside. The plastics and the other bits look and feel much more premium and you do not get to see similar levels of quality in other cars in the segment. The level of fit and finish too is very good and there’s nothing that shakes or vibrates in the car.

The 2022 Sportage can seat four adults plus a child inside comfortably but five adults will be a squeeze. The amount of headroom and legroom on both rows is decent. The front seats are comfortable but lack proper support. The seats are positioned well and they give a wide and commanding view of the outside world. The back seats are similar to what you get at the front. Seats get fabric-trimmed in lower trims while the Nightfall and EX trims get simulated leather upholstery and the SX Turbo trim gets genuine leather upholstery.

Behind the second row of seats, the Sportage offers about 30.7 cubic feet of cargo storage area which is pretty large. The second-row split folds 60/40 and once the second row is folded down flat, you open up to about 60.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Now those figures might look good but actually, Kia’s rivals offer much better cargo space than it does.

The infotainment system on the 2022 Sportage is a standard 8-inch touchscreen display that sits on the center of the dash. The infotainment system is quite simple and easy to use thanks to the physical buttons. As standard, the Sportage gets a 6-speaker audio system while an 8-speaker Harman & Kardon premium surround sound system is available.

Interior Features on offer are-

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth and USB ports
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel column
  • Split-folding rear seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats (optional)
  • Heated and ventilated front seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Wireless charging pad (optional)
Exterior
8.5/10

Even in its sixth year on sale, the Kia Sportage still looks quirky and cool - Motortrend

Now, there are mixed opinions about the exterior looks of the 2022 Kia Sportage in general and while there is a set of people who find the Sportage absolutely ugly, there is another set of people who think that Sportage looks quite quirky and sporty. Even we think that the Sportage looks cool and its rather unconventional oblong shape and quirky styling help it stand out in the crowd. The 2022 Sportage has had some cosmetic upgrades and Kia has tried to impart a sober and mature character to it. 

Kia has cut down on the shiny chrome bits on the outside and has replaced those with matt and gloss black panels this time around. The Sportage has an aggressive front fascia accompanied by the Kia signature tiger-nose grille and the swept-out projector LED headlight. The Sportage also has got skid plate at the front that gives it an SUV-ish aura. Although its 6.4-inches ground clearance says otherwise.

Models

2022 Kia Sportage

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Nissan Rogue

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Curb weight (lbs.)

3305

3337 3371

3329

Length (in.)

176.4

180.6

183.0

182.3

Width (in.)

73.0

73.0

72.4

73.4

Height (in.)

64.4

66.5

66.5

65.6

Ground clearance (in.)

6.4

8.2

8.2

7.1

Wheelbase (in.)

105.1

104.7

106.5

108.5

The Kia Sportage is the smallest car in the competition. The compact dimensions of the 2022 Sportage make it that much more flickable around the city and while Kia hasn’t compromised in terms of passenger volume, the smaller dimensions have resulted in the Sportage offering lesser cargo space than other cars in the segment.

Exterior Features:

  • 18” machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Powered liftgate
  • Heated, power-adjustable, power-folding outside mirrors with LED turn signals
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • Auto On/Off headlight
  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
Safety
8.5/10

The 2022 Kia Sportage has been tested and rated by both the NHTSA and the IIHS and it came out with flying colors. NHTSA gave the 2022 Sportage a perfect 5-star rating for overall safety while the IIHS gave it the highest rating of "Good" in all its six parameters. It went further and chose the Sportage as the "2021 Top Safety Pick".

Safety Features on offer with the 2022 Sportage are:

  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic high beam
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blindspot collision warning (optional)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (optional)
Competition
8.0/10

2022 Kia Sportage vs. 2022 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue and the Kia Sportage come with almost similar attributes yet the former is better than the latter. For starters, the Rogue is quicker and more fuel-efficient than the Sportage. While the Sportage balances it by offering two engine choices while the Rogue offers only a single naturally aspirated motor.

While the Sportage scores well in powertrain, the Rogue scores big in terms of practicality and remains the more spacious and comfortable between the two. Thus our pick would be the Rogue unless one goes for the Sportage with the turbocharged engine.

2022 Kia Sportage vs. 2022 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V simply rules the compact SUV segment with its powerful engine that offers quick acceleration timings but at the same time is also very fuel-efficient. The CR-V based on these two factors simply dismisses the Sportage from the competition.

Moving inside, the CR-V again not only offers a spacious cabin but also the biggest cargo space in the segment which Sportage finds very hard to even come close to. Thus the CR-V is a clear winner between the two.

Final Verdict
7.0/10

The 2022 Kia Sportage is a very well-built package. It offers everything that you would expect from a compact crossover SUV. It has good power under the hood, it is quick off the straight line, it has decent fuel economy numbers, offers a good amount of space to the passenger, and has excellent safety ratings. However, there are cars like the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue that do the same things in a better way. In a nutshell, the 2022 Kia Sportage is not a bad car but if you’re in the market looking for a compact crossover, we would recommend you to first have a look at the above two rivals.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$26765

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

144 cu in

horse power

445 hp @ 2800 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic W/Overdrive

dimensions
length

176.4 in

wheelbase

105.1 in

width

73 in

curb weight

3448 lbs

Height

64.8 in

Ground Clearance

6.8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

98.6 cu ft

cargo volume

60.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

22/23/26 mpg


Kia Sportage 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$28,166
5 Year Cost To Own
$44,726
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $44,726
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,036$1,671$1,535$1,850$1,716$13,808
Insurance$1,164$1,241$1,319$1,359$1,349$6,432
Fuel$1,856$1,864$1,931$2,007$2,082$9,740
Maintenance$589$822$684$1,818$1,933$5,846
Repairs$3$-34$10$1$636$616
Financing Interest$1,766$1,404$1,021$711$233$5,135
Taxes and Fees$2,412$226$186$161$164$3,149
Total Cost-To-Own$14,826$7,194$6,686$7,907$8,113$44,726
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