2016 Kia Sportage

Rating8.0

Ranked #7 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$22,150 - $31,490

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Key Spec of 2016 Kia Sportage
fuel economy

19/24/28

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Plethora of standard features

Firm ride

No major changes

Nimble handling

Restricted cargo capacity

Powerful turbocharged engine

2016 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 24, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Kia Sportage fits aptly into the compact SUV segment by catering to a class of family buyers who prioritize space, upscale and stylish cabin, and pleasant driving dynamics over every other aspect. The price for the 2016 Kia Sportage starts at $22,150 for its base variant, and the current model year undergoes minor changes to the trim levels, making the SUV even more appealing. The 2016 Sportage gains a rearview camera and automatic headlights as part of the LX Popular package while the EX Premium package now adds the Infinity premium audio system, fog lights, integrated turn signals, and a cooled glovebox. 

This two-row Kia Sportage slots below the larger Sorento and offers a strong engine lineup, sporty handling, and above-average reliability ratings. The crossover is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Two four-cylinder engines are available: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque in the LX and EX trims, and a 2.0-liter turbo rated at 260 hp and 269 lb-ft in the top-of-the-line SX. A six-speed automatic is a standard across the range. The fuel economy is decent but falls behind the top-rated rivals, at 21/28 mpg city/highway for FWD LX and 19/26 mpg with all-wheel drive. The Sportage turbo returns 20/26 mpg in the front-drive guise and 19/25 mpg with all-wheel drive.

2016 Kia Sportage For Sale

The 2016 Kia Sportage starts from $22,150 for the entry-level LX FWD and the prices go up to $$31,490 for the full-loaded SX Turbo AWD. The optional all-wheel-drive system costs $1,500 extra on any Sportage. The used 2016 Sportage is available for sale at an average price range of $13,300 to about $22,000, depending on the vehicle's mileage, condition, and location.

2016 Kia Sportage Buying Advice

The 2016 Sportage is the final model year of a generation that began in 2011. Kia redesigned the 2017 model which features the same powertrain but has a softer ride and more interior features. Used car buyers can look for a 2014 or a 2015 Sportage as these are most similar to the 2016 model and cost less. Further, the redesigned 2017 Sportage costs about $2,200 more than the Used 2016 Sportage's average price. Also, we recommend going for the mid-level EX trim which brings the best value for money and better fuel economy than the Sportage SX's turbocharged engine.

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The only complaint we have with the 2016 Kia Sportage is its subpar cargo capacity and harsh ride quality. Compare to its rivals, the 2016 Sportage looks dated and is slotted for a redesign for the 2017 model year. Popular rivals such as Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape offer better ride quality and space inside the cabin. Even after that, the Kia Sportage makes a strong value statement with its well-designed interiors, ample standard features, and a class-leading powertrain warranty.


Over All Rating

8.0

Out of 10

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9.50
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7.60
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7.60
6.00
Notable Rankings

#7 in Compact Suv

#8 in Suv


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Trims

LX$22,150 onwards

  • 5-Inch touchscreen display
  • 60/40-Split folding & reclining back seat
  • Automatic headlights
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-Speaker sound system w/ satellite radio

EX$25,350 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitoring
  • Foglights
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear USB charging port
  • Upgraded exterior & interior trim

SX$29,990 onwards

  • Electronic parking brake
  • Larger gauge display
  • Led foglights
  • Special exterior trim
  • Sport-Tuned suspension
  • Xenon headlights

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2017 Kia Sportage
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2017 Kia Sportage SUV

LX

$14,381
Est. $195/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,175 Below market
RMV: $18,556
Belleville, IL
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2016 Kia Sportage
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2016 Kia Sportage LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$10,950
Est. $148/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,100 Below market
RMV: $14,050
Fort Worth, TX
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2015 Kia Sportage
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2015 Kia Sportage LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$11,995
Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,266 Below market
RMV: $15,261
Fredericksburg, VA
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2015 Kia Sportage
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2015 Kia Sportage LX

LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$11,995
Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,214 Below market
RMV: $15,209
Elizabethton, TN
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2017 Kia Sportage
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2017 Kia Sportage LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$13,491
Est. $183/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,504 Below market
RMV: $16,995
Houston, TX
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2016 Kia SportageHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1349508 Apr 2022

2016 Kia Sportage LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$12,995
Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,356 Below market
RMV: $16,351
Naugatuck, CT
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2016 Kia SportageHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $1001
Previous Price: $1449427 Jun 2022

2016 Kia Sportage EX

EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$13,493
Est. $183/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,449 Below market
RMV: $16,942
Schaumburg, IL
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2017 Kia SportageHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1550022 Jun 2022

2017 Kia Sportage LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$15,000
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,782 Below market
RMV: $18,782
Jacksonville, FL
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2016 Kia Sportage
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2016 Kia Sportage LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$10,995
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,754 Below market
RMV: $13,749
Hammond, IN
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Colors and Styles

2016 Kia Sportage in Black Cherry color
Black Cherry

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2016 Kia Sportage offers unique and stylish looks along with sporty handling. It sports a responsive steering system that makes it an agile handler. The only major downside is that it sacrifices some interior space in favor of exterior aesthetics. It competes head-on with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Apart from this, the major selling points of the 2016 Kia Sportage include Kia's certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty as well as a one-year/12,000-mile comprehensive Platinum warranty on non-powertrain parts. Also, the 2016 Kia Sportage earned the top score of Good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the FWD Sportage an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, while the AWD model earned a five-star overall rating. 


Buying Advice

The 2016 Kia Sportage EX adds 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, and a plethora of other features under $30,000 whether you go with the front-wheel-drive or the all-wheel-drive configuration, providing the best value for the money spent.

Features
9.5/10

The 2016 Kia Sportage is offered in three trims, the LX, EX, and SX trim, each of which provides the option of either an FWD or AWD setup and are differentiated by the features and engine that they come equipped with. It falls in a price range that extends from $22,150 to $31,490 for the top-tier trim.

The Kia Sportage LX includes all the bells and whistles typical for the class, including a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The Kia Sportage EX trim adds leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a touch-screen display, a rearview camera, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support.

Trims

LX

EX

SX

MSRP (FWD)

$22,150

$25,350

$29,990

MSRP (AWD)

$23,650

$26,850

$31,490

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

18-inch wheels unique to SX trim

 

Rear privacy glass

Chrome exterior trim

Turbocharged engine

 

Cloth upholstery

Keyless entry and ignition

Unique front grille

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Dual-zone automatic climate control

LED daytime running lights and taillights

 

60/40-split folding and reclining rear seats

Leather upholstery

Panoramic sunroof

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Six-way power driver seat (with adjustable lumbar support)

Dual exhaust outlets

The most-equipped model is the Kia Sportage SX, which adds a UVO infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and navigation. The SX trim also adds more safety and interior technology including rear park assist, heated and ventilated front seats, a cooling glove box, an Infinity premium seven-speaker sound system, and more.

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Engine and Performance
8.2/10

The 2016 Kia Sportage packs a 2.4L inline 4 engine under the hood that puts out 182 hp along with 177lb.-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The SX trim is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged engine which puts out 260 hp and 269lb.-ft of torque. The ride quality is somewhat firmer than its rivals which is also the reason behind its sporty handling, yet it provides superior comfort.

The 2016 Kia Sportage is available both as an FWD and AWD variant and power will be transferred to the wheels depending on the configuration one opts for. When equipped with the base engine, the SUV can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of 8.8 seconds with the quarter-mile coming in 17.8 seconds. The Kia Sportage is also capable to tow up to 2000 lbs when properly equipped

Models

Kia Sportage

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP

$22,150

$23,745

$23,590

$22,995

Engine

2.4L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

Horsepower

182 hp

185 hp

168 hp

166 hp

Torque (lb.-ft)

177 ft-lbs

181 ft-lbs

170 ft-lbs

162 ft-lbs

0-60 MPH

8.8 sec

8.3 sec

9.2 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter mile

16.8 sec

16.6 sec

16.9 sec

17.2 sec

Top Speed (mph)

113 MPH

130 MPH

N/A

110 MPH

Each compact SUV makes use of an inline-4 engine and is channeled as an FWD variant. The 2016 Honda CR-V and 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander bear distinction by making use of CVT setups. In terms of acceleration, the most powerful CR-V takes 8.3 seconds to the 60mph mark, while the Outlander produces the lowest power and torque output of 166hp, and 162lb.-ft of torque is the slowest clocking 9.2 seconds. Though the 2016 Ford Escape manages similar timings in the acceleration test as the Mitsubishi, it gains ascendancy in the quarter-mile run taking 16.9 seconds and ranks third in the segment.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The 2016 Kia Sportage’s gas mileage feels substandard and underwhelming. As per EPA estimates, the base 2.4L inline-4 engine does 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined which feels low for an SUV of its class. With the turbocharged engine option, the combined efficiency further tends to fall and is rated at 22 miles per gallon of fuel only.

The tank, however, can hold 15.3 gallons of fuel which will set you up for a long road trip to where ever you want without worrying about gas stations along the way. In the city, the 2016 Kia Sportage LX averages 321 miles in a single fuel refill, which drastically increases to 428 miles on the highway, yet it remains the lowest in the segment.

Models

Kia Sportage

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mitsubishi Outlander

MPG (city)

21

26

22

25

MPG (highway)

28

33

31

31

MPG (combined)

24

29

25

27

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

15.3

15.3

15.1

16.6

Range (miles) (city/highway)

321/428

398/505

341/481

415/515

When compared to the competitors, the 2016 Honda CR-V is the most frugal option and averages 29 MPG, while the Mitsubishi and Ford lag behind averaging 27 and 25 MPG, respectively. However, the 2016 Outlander is fitted with the largest fuel tank in the segment that can hold 16.6-gallons of fuel, and consequently, it covers the highest range of 415 and 515 miles in the city and on the highway.

Interior
7.6/10

The 2016 Kia Sportage interiors feel less commodious than its rivals. It sacrifices the interior space in favor of the exterior design to keep it more aesthetically pleasing to the eye which results in a lack of legroom in the rear seats. Otherwise, the cabin is a nice place to be in, it provides superior comfort and the firm ride quality won't annoy you as much. The Sportage offers a modest 54.6-cubic-foot cargo space with the rear seats folded, still, Honda CR-V offers over 70 cubic feet of the cargo hold.

The 2016 Kia Sportage’s problems are not just limited to its rear-seat space. Its cargo capacity is somewhat disappointing behind the rear seats it's at 26.1 cubic feet and with the rear seats folded the cargo volume is 54.6 cubic feet which is less than almost all of the vehicles in this category of compact crossovers.

Models

Kia Sportage

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mitsubishi Outlander

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.1/56.7/41.4

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.9/56.0/43.1

40.6/56.6/40.9

Second (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

38.5/55.1/37.9

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.0/55.3/36.8

38.4/56.1/37.3

Cargo Capacity to the second row (cu.-ft)

26.1

37.2

34.3

10.3

Cargo Capacity to the third row (cu.-ft)

54.6

70.9

67.8

34.2

In the segment, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is the only SUV that can seat seven passengers. While the Ford Escape does have maximum space upfront, the rear-seat occupants will find themselves most comfortably seated in the Honda. Additionally, the CR-V has the highest trunk volume of 37.2 cubic feet.

Some salient interior features include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cloth/Leather Upholstery
  • Cruise Control
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Manual/automatic seat adjustment 

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2016 Kia Sportage?

The infotainment system is well laid out and quite intuitive. Each knob and button that surrounds the system is functional and adds to the usability of the central touchscreen. While the 7-inch display unit is the better option, the base variant receives a 4.3-inch unit. Both the 2016 Kia Sportage SX and EX trims also make use of Kia’s UVO telematics system which allows for music streaming and voice control.

Some other features include:

  •  Optional Infinity premium sound system
  •  USB Port
  • Satellite Radio
  •  Navigation System
  • 6-speaker sound system
  •  Auxiliary Audio Input
Exterior
8.0/10

The 2016 Sportage is one of the most stylish and uniquely designed crossovers in the market. The front and rear fasciae are like nothing else. The unique signature Kia grille and the sharp angular lines give it an appealing look and it will surely be liked by those who aren't fans of traditional crossover design language. The 17/18-inch wheels help amplify the design characteristics.

Though smaller both in dimensions and visually, the 2016 Kia Sportage has a traditional SUV feel to it. It stands tall and upright with a total height and ground clearance of 64.4 and 6.8 inches, respectively. It is 174.8 inches long with a wheelbase of 103.9 inches. What does come as a relief, however, is that it is the widest SUV in the segment measuring 73 inches, which allows for higher shoulder room on the inside.

Models

Kia Sportage

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mitsubishi Outlander

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3280

3358

3598

3318

Length (in.)

174.8

179.4

178.1

184.8

Width (in.)

73.0

71.6

72.4

71.3

Height (in.)

64.4

64.7

66.3

66.1

Ground clearance (in.)

6.8

6.3

7.9

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

103.9

103.1

105.9

105.1

When compared to the competitors, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is the longest vehicle in the segment having a total length of 184.8 inches and also sports a best-in-class ground clearance of 8.5 inches. While the 2016 Ford Escape is shorter, it features the largest wheelbase of 105.4 inches and is also the tallest SUV in the segment. The Honda CR-V on the other hand is smaller than all of its rivals.

Some of the salient exterior features of the 2016 Kia Sportage include:

  • Sunroof
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lamps
  • Tiger-nose Kia Grille
  • Chrome exterior trim 
Safety
7.6/10

When it comes to safety, there is no doubting the capabilities of the SUV. It packs a sturdy build quality with abundant safety features and scores the best possible ratings of 5-stars and Good in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and IIHS, respectively. Even, the recalls on 2016 Kia Sportage are also limited to just one, which is suggestive of its potential.

Some salient safety features include:

  • Vehicle Stability Management 
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Antilock Disc Brakes
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors (available with SX trim only)
  • Traction Control
Competition
6.0/10

2016 Kia Sportage vs 2016 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V ranks among the best in the segment and all for the right reasons. It gets the most practical and one of the comfiest cabins in the class along with getting a segment-leading cargo capacity too. On the performance side, the SUV fares better than the Sportage with more power and torque on tap. Surprisingly, the CR-V is more fuel-efficient too despite having more oomph under the hood. Overall, the CR-V comes out as the better choice when compared to the Sportage.

2016 Kia Sportage vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 sets itself apart from most of the crossovers in its class with a radically different design and athletic handling, a set of uncommon traits for a mass-market crossover. To attribute to its sporty handling, it gets a slightly bigger and more powerful engine under its hood too. On the practical aspect, it triumphs over the Sportage with its way bigger cargo space and an equally spacious cabin. Also, the interior design is better on the CX-5. To conclude, the Mazda CX-5 becomes a better alternative to the Kia Sportage.

Final Verdict

The 2016 Kia Sportage is a perfect mix of performance, practicality, and stylish looks without being too pricey. As compared to its rivals it offers quick acceleration and sporty handling and the SX with the turbocharged motor is a serious performer. Overall, if you want a somewhat practical crossover SUV that is also exciting to drive and pleasing to look at, the Kia Sportage is your answer. The 2016 Sportage's five-year cost of ownership ranges up to $22,870, which is on the lower end of the spectrum. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$25350

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

144 cu in

horse power

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

177 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

dimensions
length

175 in

wheelbase

104 in

width

71 in

curb weight

3280 lbs

Height

64 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

100 cu ft

cargo volume

54.6 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

428.40 mi

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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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