2023 Kia Sportage  RealSafeCars82Safety Rating

#58 of 2023 SUVs

#93 of all 2023 vehicles

Pictured: 2017 Kia Sportage
The Sportage, a mainstay of Kia's lineup since 1995, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. 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 2023 Kia Sportage is 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 2023 Kia Sportage has a score of 82, implying a 0.039% chance of driver death (3.5% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.034%, and the chance of injury falls to 3%.

We estimate that the 2023 Kia Sportage has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.039% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.4531%, meaning the average driver has a 0.039% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.4531% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2023 Kia Sportage is 16% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2023 Kia Sportage is 4% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2023 Kia Sportage offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. An active safety system that is standard on the 2023 Kia Sportage is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA). There are optional safety features on the 2023 Kia Sportage which may add to the cost but should be strongly considered --- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA).

Another safety feature seems simpler but should still be considered. Optional side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot.

And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9262M. Eclipse CrossMitsubishi MirageM. Outlander SportKia SorentoKia SportageHyundai Santa FeHonda HR-VMitsubishi OutlanderHyundai TucsonGMC AcadiaVolkswagen TiguanChevrolet BlazerComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2023 Kia Sportage with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 62 to 92. The 2023 Kia Sportage is safer than the 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage, and the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and less safe than the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2023 Honda HR-V. It is about as safe as the 2023 Kia Sorento, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer, and the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan.

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