The 2012 Kia Sportage comes with a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission, while a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission were optional when it was new. The base engine produces adequate power for the average commuter, reviewers said. If you need more power, they recommended the turbocharged engine, which offers plenty of power for passing and merging. Test drivers were also impressed with the Sportage’s smooth, responsive automatic transmission. With up to an estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, the Kia Sportage gets good fuel economy for the class. Critics said the Sportage offers well-controlled handling and accurate steering. However, they noted that the Sportage’s ride quality feels overly firm and harsh.