2013 Kia Sportage XS Review – A Perfect Family Car

As you know, I am back from a nice long vacation in sunny California!

While we were visiting we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to drive a 2013 Kia Sportage XS.

2013 Kia Sportage XS Review

2013 Kia Sportage XS

2013 Kia Sportage XS

Let me tell you, we should have been filming a commercial.  We took that thing for a real test drive!  We covered everything from day to day running around, LA traffic, freeway driving, all the up to winding up hairpin turns and avoiding rocks in the road while trekking up to Mt. Baldy to see some snow!

Short and sweet:  I LOVE the Sportage!  My kids agree – they want to know when I am trading mine in for the “new” one!

Before I get into all the techy stuff.. let me tell you about it from a “mom’s” point of view – here is why I LOVE it:

1.  It looks very cool (yes-looks matter to me) I love the sleek lines and dual moonroofs!

2013 Kia Sportage XS Side

2013 Kia Sportage XS Side

2.  It has a ton of room for the whole family – the kids had lots of room to themselves with extra space for all of their “stuff”

2013 Kia Sportage Rear Moon Roof and Back Seat

2013 Kia Sportage Rear Moon Roof and Back Seat

3.  Easy to drive – although it is a “crossover” it feels like you are driving a car. Smooth and easy to maneuver.

Us in the Kia

Us in the Kia

4.  Safe – Tons of safety features which you can see in detail at the Kia website.  5 stars by NADA in all categories except a 4 star in rollover.  Still very good!

2013 Kia Sportage Navigation

2013 Kia Sportage Navigation and Dual Climate Control

5.   Economical – The price is very affordable for all that you are getting out of the rig.   The gas mileage is also excellent with an estimated 21-28 MPG.  Awesome!

2013 Kia Sportage XS Dash

2013 Kia Sportage XS Dash

6.  It’s comfortable – Like I said, we took this car everywhere, and nobody ever complained about the ride.


2013 Kia Sportage Passenger Side

Kia Sportage Passenger Side

Is that enough to convince you?  Well- let me give you more “details”.  

Of course you can head over to the Kia Motors Website and get the full specs and “build your own” to get an estimate at any time!


2013 Kia Sportage XS


Exterior Standard Options:  18″ Tires with Alloy Wheels, Body Colored Bumpers with Chrome Garnish, Chrome Body/Side Moldings, Sculpted Side Sill Moldings, Chrome Door Handles, Black and Chrome Front Grille, Body Colored Power Mirrors with Turn Signals, Power Folding Side Mirrors, Auto Light Control, Projection Headlights, Front Fog Lights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Front/Rear Intermittent Wipers, Front Solar and Rear Privacy Glass, Rear Spoiler, Roof Rails and Dual Chrome Exhaust.

Interior Standard Options: Premium “Infotainment” System, Rear Camera Display (Backup Camera) and HD Radio, Back Up Warning System, USB/Aux Jacks, Bluetooth, Supervision Meter Cluster, Trip Meter, Push Button Start, Power Windows and Doors, Dual Auto Climate with Air Filter,  and much more…

Seating: Leather Seating Package with A/C or heated drivers seat with adjustable lumbar support,  Heated passenger seat, Bench back seat with fold down cup holder/arm rest.

Engine:  2.0 Liter Turbocharged DOHC w/CVVT inline 4 cylinder Aluminum Block and Heads, 260 HP at 6,000 rpm


Now… the all important question.  Just HOW AFFORDABLE is it?  Well with the base model starting at $19,000 and the SX starting at $26,900 it is VERY affordable.  For my next car, I would seriously consider buying this car!

Please do head over and look at the Kia Website for ALL the info on this car… I will say it again… I LOVE this Sportage!



 Disclaimer: I was given this car at no charge to drive and provide a thorough review

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  1. Wow it looks really comfy. Perfect for those long family road trips. Thanks for sharing the info. :-)
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  2. My brother-in-law has one of these and it is HOT. I was surprised how roomy they are. When I ditch my Rav4, I am seriously considering a Kia!
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  3. Looks like an awesome vehicle… and I am one that needs the coolness of a vehicle too. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. I have a friends with one of these and she loves it!
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  5. This car sounds amazing! I am looking into getting a new car in the not so distant future and this review makes me want this one! Plus, red is my favorite color :)
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  6. GREAT review!!!
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  7. Wow, how lucky is that. Now do you get to keep it? Or get a huge discount?
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  8. Looks like a GREAT car! Love the GPS already included!

  9. We have been owners of Kia’s for voer 10 years! I think our favorite one was the Sportage! They are great cars and we have never had problems! I love the color of the one you got to drive!
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  10. A friend of mine has a Kia and she loves it! She has a long work commute so it’s very economical for her. Great article!
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  11. Wow so sporty and practical! You look great in it too! :)
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  12. Wow, looks like a comfy ride. I would love to test drive a vechile especially on vacation! Maybe I’ll make that one of my goals this year:)
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  13. I have the Hyundai version of this car and I love it!
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  14. This looks awesome. I’ve never paid much attention to Kia’s before but this look really nice!
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  15. Looks like fun!

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