The Kia Sportage hasn’t seen a redesign since model-year 2017, but that hasn’t slowed down sales for the South Korean automaker’s popular compact SUV. Despite all the buzz drummed up by Kia’s three-row Telluride that debuted for 2020, it’s the Sportage that holds the lead as Kia’s bestselling SUV so far this year and second bestselling nameplate overall behind the Forte. With a redesigned model expected to arrive for 2023, the Sportage thus returns for 2022 with only a minor shakeup to the lineup, a slight price increase for some trims and a handful of notable new features.
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The Sportage comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine good for 181 horsepower and 175 pounds-feet of torque or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder available in the top SX Turbo trim, which produces 240 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque. Each model is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the crossover’s combined fuel economy ranges from 21 mpg in AWD turbo 2.0-liter form to 26 mpg in the FWD 2.4-liter models.
While there are no changes to the Sportage’s powertrain options for 2022, new packages and trim offerings will be available. A new LX Value Edition Package outfits the affordable base trim with 18-inch dark-gray wheels, keyless entry with push-button start and heated front seats.
The mid-tier S trim level is replaced with the Nightfall trim for 2022, and a panoramic moonroof becomes standard on the EX trim. Finally, the EX Tech Package and SX Turbo will offer complimentary map updates, including new points of interest and advanced driver assistance systems support.
The 2022 Sportage again comes with standard safety features across the lineup including forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on Nightfall, EX and SX Turbo trims and available with the LX Value Edition Package.
There is no increase from the 2021 model to the starting price for the base Sportage LX or top-tier SX Turbo. The EX trim gets a $1,000 price bump for 2022, up to $29,565 from $28,565 (all prices include destination), while the new Nightfall starts at $29,265 compared to the outgoing 2021 S trim’s $27,765. Here are the full prices for the 2022 Sportage:
- LX: $25,265 (FWD); $26,765 (AWD)
- Nightfall: $29,265 (FWD); $30,965 (AWD)
- EX: $29,565 (FWD); $31,065 (AWD)
- SX Turbo: $34,925 (FWD); $36,425 (AWD)
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