2021 Kia Sportage  RealSafeCars72Safety Rating

#65 of 2021 SUVs

#128 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2017 Kia Sportage
The Sportage, a mainstay of Kia's lineup since 1995, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. The Kia Sportage has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. The Sportage has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 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 2021 Kia Sportage has a score of 72, implying a 0.052% chance of driver death (4.7% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.045%, and the chance of injury falls to 4%.

We estimate that the 2021 Kia Sportage has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0523% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.9744%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0523% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.9744% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Kia Sportage is 12% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 Kia Sportage is 29% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 Kia Sportage offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 13%.

Active safety features can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. There are optional safety features on the 2021 Kia Sportage which may add to the cost but should be strongly considered --- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA).

A safety feature that may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances, should still be considered. Side mirror turn signals are optional on the Kia Sportage. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9367Kia SportageHyundai TucsonM. Outlander SportSubaru CrosstrekNissan Rogue SportJeep CherokeeMazda CX-5Mazda CX-30Volkswagen TiguanGMC TerrainJeep CompassChevrolet EquinoxComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Kia Sportage with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 67 to 93. The 2021 Kia Sportage is less safe than the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox, the 2021 Jeep Compass, the 2021 GMC Terrain, the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2021 Mazda CX-30, and the 2021 Mazda CX-5. It is about as safe as the 2021 Hyundai Tucson.

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