The refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage crossover SUV is more fuel efficient in every configuration than last year’s model, according to fuel-economy ratings released last week by the EPA. That’s better than before, but the 2020 Sportage still trails many of its rivals.
The thriftiest version of the new Sportage uses a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4 to send power to the front wheels, and it’s rated by the EPA at 23 mpg city, 30 highway, 26 combined. Most versions of the Sportage with the base engine were rated at 22/29/25 mpg last year.
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Other versions of the Sportage also performed better in the EPA’s test, although the optional all-wheel-drive system takes a larger toll on the Kia’s efficiency than it does on some rivals. The base Sportage with all-wheel drive is rated at 22/26/23 mpg.
Sportage crossover SUVs fitted with the automaker’s 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 are rated at 20/28/23 mpg with front-wheel drive and 19/24/21 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Even though the thriftiest version of the Sportage is now rated at 26 mpg combined in the EPA’s test, the compact crossover SUV trails its direct rivals. With front-wheel drive, the 2019 Honda CR-V is rated between 28 and 30 mpg combined and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is rated as high as 28 mpg combined. The 2019 Subaru Forester comes only with all-wheel drive and is rated at 29 mpg combined.