2016 Kia Sportage

MSRP $22,150

Ranked #9 in Suv

8.1

Overall Rating

2016 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Kia Sportage fits aptly into the compact SUVsegment by catering to a class of family buyers who prioritize space 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 MY undergoes minor trim-wise changes to make the SUV even more appealing.

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Pros

Plethora of standard features

Nimble handling

Powerful turbocharged engine

Cons

Firm ride

Constrained rear-seat space

Restricted cargo capacity

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22150

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

132 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

177 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

174.8 in.

width

73 in.

height

64.4 in.

curb weight

3280 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1328 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./60,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$22,150 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 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

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.6

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.6

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


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 likes of the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Mitsubishi Outlander.


9.5/10
Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.6/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.6/10
Safety


2016 Kia Sportage 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.

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

We Recommend

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.

2016 Kia Sportage 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 60mph in a matter of 8.8 seconds with the quarter-mile coming in 17.8 seconds.

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.

2016 Kia Sportage 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.

2016 Kia Sportage 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 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 are 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

2016 Kia Sportage 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 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 

2016 Kia Sportage 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 highly 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

2016 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 the 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.

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