2013 Kia Sportage

MSRP $19,000

Ranked #10 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2013 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Kia Sportage is an excellent SUV that comes as an amalgamation of good looks, excellent features, great interior space, and modern features. It has enjoyed a fair share of the market, thanks to its fun to drive nature as well. It is definitely an interesting choice as well due to the nature of the brand now being established as a worthy automobile manufacturer.

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Pros

Nice ride and handling

Powerful engines

Styling looks neat

Cons

Fuel economy is not great

Touchscreen can cause distraction

Modest back seats

What's New?

New and bigger engine

Refreshed exterior styling

Better equipment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

168 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

174.8 in.

width

73 in.

height

64.4 in.

curb weight

3157 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

413.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$19,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Kia Sportage in Black Cherry color
Black Cherry

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


For the 2013 model year, the Sportage gets a new 2.4L engine as well as a 2 L turbocharged engine, both promising excellent performance. Other changes include refreshed exterior styling, the difference in suspension tuning, and standard features. For this year, the Sportage price starts at MSRP $21,600, and it competes against the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Kia Sportage Features

8.0/10

There are three trim levels available on the Kia Sportage for the 2014 model year. These are called LX, EX, and SX. Prices start at $21,600 for the LX model without options. Standard features on this trim level include 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, height-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, cruise control, and so on, which itself is plenty.

Trim

LX

EX

SX

MSRP (FWD)

$21,600

$25,000

$26,900

MSRP(AWD)

$23,100

$26,500

$28,400

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Upgraded front grille

 

Rear privacy glass

Chrome exterior trim

LED DRL headlights and tail lights

 

Full power accessories

Keyless entry and ignition

Dual exhaust outlets

 

Tilt and telescoping steering wheel

Ventilated front seats

Aluminum scuff plates

 

60/40-split folding and reclining rear seats

Cooled glove-box

 

 

Standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel

Heated power-folding mirrors

 

Which trim should you buy?

We find the EX trim level to be the pick of the lot as it strikes a good balance between value for money as well as the equipment level offered. Unless one wants a more powerful engine, this is the one to go for. It has better features, like a rear camera display, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, heated side-view mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded Infinity sound system, and more.

2013 Kia Sportage Engine and Performance

9.0/10

There are two engines available on the Kia. The base option is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The SX trim comes with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is good for 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. All of these are then mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The car comes in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. 

The turbocharged engine is extremely capable with acceleration figures being just under 6.5 seconds for 0 to 60 mph time. The other engine also is relatively quick with an 8.2 second 0 to 60 mph time as well as 16.5 seconds in the quarter-mile timing. When it comes to top speed, the 2013 Kia Sportage tops out at 125 mph, making it the second-fastest option after Ford Escape.

Model

2013 Kia Sportage

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Ford Escape

MSRP

$21,600

$24,150

$23,680

$23,450

Engine

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

177 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm

181 lb-ft. @ 3900 rpm

172 lb-ft. @ 4100 rpm

170 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.2

8.5

8.2

9.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.5

16.7

16.5

16.9

Top Speed (mph)

125

112

120

139

Despite being the cheapest car in this category, the Kia has not skimped on performance to make up for the price tag. Even when you take its base 2.4L engine, it is definitely the most performance-oriented car in the segment. Factor in the 2.0L turbocharged engine, and the Sportage is easily the best performing car in the category.

2013 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy

6.0/10

There is always a catch when a car looks too good to be true. In the case of Sportage, the biggest weakness of the car would be the fuel efficiency. It returns only 21 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG combined. Apart from this, it has a fuel tank of 15.3 gallons, resulting in the lowest range among all its peers. The range figures are 321 miles in the city, 428 miles on the highway, and 383 miles combined.

Model

2013 Kia Sportage

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Ford Escape

MPG (City)

21

27

24

22

MPG (Highway)

28

34

31

31

MPG (Combined)

25

29

26

25

Fuel Capacity

15.3

15.3

15.9

15.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

321/428/383

413/520/466

382/493/437

341/481/411

Fuel efficiency is single-handedly the department of the Honda CR-V because even though it does not have the largest fuel tank, it has the best efficiency and the greatest range. The Toyota RAV4 has the largest fuel tank in the class, but its fuel efficiency numbers are not exactly as good as the rivals. The Ford Escape comes next, leaving the Kia Sportage at the back with the worst numbers overall. 

2013 Kia Sportage Interior

9.0/10

The interior of the Kia Sportage is an excellent place to be in. Its design shows the same kind of panache that its exterior has. It has a very nice space inside, offers capacity for five people, and performs well in terms of cargo capacity with 26.1 ft.³ of storage. There are some hard plastics, but that is only necessary padding where required.

In terms of interior space, it performs better than we expected as well. There is enough room for adults of all sizes and seats five passengers with ease. There are enough storage spaces inside for most stuff, and the cargo capacity can be adjusted by folding the seats and making room for more. Even though the cargo capacity can feel a bit low in comparison, it is still good enough for practical use.

Model

2013 Kia Sportage

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Ford Escape

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/57.1/41.5

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.9/56/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/55.1/38.2

38.6/56.4/38.3

38.9/55.4/37.2

39/55.3/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

26.1

35.2

38.4

34.3

We find that most cars in this category offer a decent amount of interior space, but the Ford Escape is the most spacious in the front row. All cars offer seating only for five passengers but do so with adequate cargo space. Like we mentioned before, Kia has a bit of an issue in terms of cargo space, whereas the Toyota RAV4 manages to offer the class-leading capacity of 38.4 cubic feet. Some standard features include: 

  • Auto-Dimming Mirror
  • Power Windows
  • Cruise Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver seat 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment features on this car are not exactly the best in the category but remain good. There is an optional navigation system, but it is not exactly on par with many of its competitors. The touchscreen interface is also optional, unlike several competitors. This year sees the addition of more features, but there is still room for improvement. Some features of the infotainment system include: 

  • Six-speaker stereo,
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port
  • Infinity premium stereo(optional)
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • UVO eServices infotainment system
  • A 7-inch touch screen
  • Navigation

2013 Kia Sportage Exterior

7.0/10

The Kia Sportage has an extremely dashing exterior design, which is very much one of its plus points. It not only gives the impression that it is a much larger car, but it also provides a very modern and sophisticated take on the crossover SUV trend. In terms of dimensions too, it is not too small. One will definitely be impressed by the exteriors of this car as it is a proper looker. 

Model

2013 Kia Sportage

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Ford Escape

Curb Weight (lbs)

3596

3358

3435

3598

Length (in)

176.3

179.4

179.9

178.1

Width (in)

73.0

71.6

72.6

72.4

Height (in)

64.4

64.7

65.4

66.3

Ground Clearance (in)

6.4

8

6.3

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

103.1

104.7

105.9

We find that the Kia Sportage is on the heavier side of this category, while the Honda CR-V happens to be the lightest. The CR-V is an incredibly light car and offers class-leading ground clearance as well. The Toyota RAV4 is the largest car out of the lot, while the Ford Escape is the heaviest. The Kia has a relatively long wheelbase but is short in terms of the overall dimensions. Some standout features include: 

  • Body-colored door handles
  • Black bumper claddings
  • Roofline spoiler
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Power mirrors 

2013 Kia Sportage Safety

7.0/10

In terms of safety, different versions of this SUV scored differently. The front-wheel-drive version scored an overall four-star rating in the NHTSA crash tests, while the all-wheel-drive version scored a perfect five stars in the same tests. It also performs very well in the IIHS crash tests, although it has not been named as a Top Safety Pick. It only has passive safety features as most active safety features are either available as options or are not available at all. Some of the standout safety features include:

  • Driver, Passenger, Head, and Side Airbags
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control

2013 Kia Sportage Final Verdict

The Kia Sportage is an excellent buy in 2013. The car has managed to bring a facelift and also introduces a whole host of amazing powertrains. It promises to be a very capable car that also manages to be very much modern. It is a bit behind in terms of fuel efficiency and cargo space, but these things aside, it manages to impress us in every way possible. It makes for an excellent buy for a family looking for a crossover SUV.

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