2012 Kia Sportage  RealSafeCars75Safety Rating

#33 of 2012 SUVs

#74 of all 2012 vehicles

Pictured: 2017 Kia Sportage
The Sportage, a mainstay of Kia's lineup since 1995, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. The Kia Sportage packs some potency, exceeding the average horsepower for its class. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2012 Kia Sportage is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Kia Sportage has a score of 75, implying a 0.048% chance of driver death (4.3% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Kia Sportage has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.048% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.4833%, meaning the average driver has a 0.048% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.4833% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Kia Sportage is 0% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2012 Kia Sportage is 15% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

But it is safer than many comparable models.

8551Jeep PatriotToyota MatrixSuzuki Grand VitaraMazda 5Toyota Scion xBNissan RogueKia SorentoKia SportageJeep CompassHyundai TucsonSubaru ForesterFord EscapeComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Kia Sportage with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 51 to 85. The 2012 Kia Sportage is safer than the 2012 Jeep Patriot, the 2012 Toyota Matrix, the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara, the 2012 Mazda 5, the 2012 Toyota Scion xB, the 2012 Nissan Rogue, the 2012 Ford Escape, and the 2012 Subaru Forester and less safe than the 2012 Kia Sorento. It is about as safe as the 2012 Hyundai Tucson and the 2012 Jeep Compass.

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