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2020 Kia Sportage

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A compact crossover SUV, the 2020 Kia Sportage offers sporting good looks and a low starting price. However, it doesn’t sell as well as some of its competitors. Honda, for example, has sold four times as many CR-Vs so far in 2019. While it might not be the most popular kid in school, so to speak, the Sportage is still an option to consider with a turbo engine available and many standard driver assistance features.

2020 Kia Sportage pricing and trims

The least expensive 2020 Kia Sportage is the LX trim at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $23,990. If you want to go all the way up to the SX Turbo with its faster acceleration time and luxury touches, you’ll pay almost $10,000 more.

As you shop, keep your total budget in mind. Taxes and auto insurance aren’t included in the MSRP. Check out our auto calculators to figure out what your monthly payment might be or what you could afford.

2020 Kia Sportage and Trims
Trim LX S EX SX Turbo
Base MSRP $23,990 $25,990 $27,190 $33,490
Standard Features 17″ Wheels, 3 Drive Modes, Power Windows and Door Locks, Driver Assist Features 18″ Wheels, 8″ Touch Screen, Bluetooth, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Smart Key with Push-Button Start and Immobilizer, Roof Rails 19″ Wheels, Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade, LED Headlights, Tail Lights and Fog Lights

What about sales pricing? You do not necessarily have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. Depending on where and when you shop, you may be able to find a 2020 Kia Sportage for less than MSRP due to dealership sales or manufacturer rebates. Shop around and use industry guides, such as NADAguides or Kelley Blue Book, to see what see the fair market price is in your area.

What about all-wheel drive (AWD)? AWD is available to be added to all trims of the Sportage for $1,500 on top of the base MSRP. If you want something that could handle more serious off-roading, here are the best 4×4 SUVs.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is next. Potential lenders include Kia financing, your bank, a credit union or an online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, depending on your creditworthiness.

2020 Kia Sportage safety

The 2020 Kia Sportage earned a five-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn’t tested the 2020 Kia Sportage yet, but the 2019 Sportage largely passed the crash testing with flying colors, receiving all “good” marks for its “crashworthiness” category. It didn’t earn a Top Safety Pick designation, however, because its headlights earned low marks.

Kia front-loaded its active driver assist technology so that even on the least-expensive base trim, you get a lot of features.

On the LX trim and above:

  • Forward Collision Warning and Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection. The car warns the driver of a potential collision and applies the brakes if the driver does not.
  • Lane Keeping Assist. The car can make minor steering adjustments to help it stay in the lane.
  • High Beam Assist. The car can switch from high beam to low beam if it senses oncoming traffic.

On the S trim and above (and optional on the LX trim):

  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning. The vehicle can alert the driver visually and audibly when it senses an oncoming car when the vehicle is in reverse.
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning. The vehicle can alert the driver visually and audibly when it senses another car in one of its blind spots.

On the SX Turbo trim only:

  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go. When cruise control is on, the car can adjust its speed to match and follow the speed of the car in front of it. The car can also automatically come to a complete stop and start again, up to the preset speed, if the stop time is less than three seconds.

However, be aware that no matter how many safety features the vehicle has, you should still practice safe driving methods. If one of your concerns is potential bad weather, check out our best cars for snow.

2020 Kia Sportage competitor comparison

The 2020 Kia Sportage is one of the lower-priced vehicles in the compact crossover market, but it’s also one of the lower-rated by experts. It didn’t quite make our list of the best compact SUVs. So, if you’re not brand-loyal to Kia, here are some of its competitors that may turn out to be more enticing to you, as well as an overview of how they all compare.

2020 Kia Sportage vs. Competitors
Vehicle 2020 Kia Sportage 2019 Mazda CX-5 2019 Honda CR-V 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
Base MSRP $23,990 $24,350 $24,350 $23,800
Expert Scores 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.1
Standard Technology 17″ Wheels, Three Drive Modes (Normal, Eco and Sport), Driver Assist Features 17” Wheels, LED Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring, 7″ Touch Screen, Keyless Entry/Ignition 17” Wheels, LED Daytime Lights, Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera Teen Driver System, 7″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Fuel Economy Combined/City/Hwy 26/23/30 MPG 28/25/31 MPG 28/26/32 MPG 28/26/32 MPG

*Chart data is for base models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings as available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is as defined by the EPA for the least-expensive base model trims. Note there is a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox available at the time of publication, however LendingTree has not yet reviewed it.

What about warranty? All new Kias come with a five-year, 60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Most competitors, including the specific ones above, have a three-year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

The bottom line on the 2020 Kia Sportage

The 2020 Kia Sportage offers consumers a basic, compact crossover SUV at a low price. It comes with a longer term warranty than most of its competitors. However, there are lower-priced and better-rated competitor models out there that you might consider before ultimately deciding on your new vehicle.


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