The 2021 Kia Sportage is a stylish and sporty hatchback that provides all the perks of a crossover SUV, along with the driving enjoyment of a hatchback. On top of that, it also has exceptional fuel efficiency and value, making it the perfect choice for an all-around set of wheels.

Drivers around Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, can find out more about the 2021 Kia Sportage Miles Per Gallon with our in-depth review below. Then, when you want to see the Sportage efficiency in person, stop by Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg!

Kia Sportage Performance

Before we jump into the MPG ratings of the 2021 Sportage, it's important to know about the equipment under the hood. The Kia Sportage comes with two engine choices, so whether you're looking for efficiency, power, or a little of both, you're covered. 

Standardly, the Sportage comes with the following engine options:

  • 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine: produces 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. This is great for city driving and provides the perfect amount of power for maneuvering through rush-hour traffic as well as seamlessly reaching higher speeds on the highway.
  • 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This produces an impressive 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque for a more exhilarating experience behind the wheel.

This is thanks to a lively acceleration and robust power that make it an exciting, enjoyable drive. Firmer springs, revised dampers, and different steering settings also give it a personality all its own, and the agility of a much sportier vehicle type.

Other important equipment includes:

  • Electronically Controlled 6-Speed Transmission: Providing guess-free shifting, this automatic transmission aids in smooth handling and efficient driving. Plus, it features Overdrive with Sportmatic® technology to personalize your commutes when you see fit.
  • Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive: Available for all four trims of the Sportage, this AWD system provides more traction during harsh weather conditions. This also boasts a locking center differential, which aids in off-roading as well.

Is the Kia Sportage Good on Gas?

Now that we know about the performance of the Kia Sportage, what does the fuel economy look like for this Kia crossover? Thanks to both engines' Continuously Variable Valve Timing, you can expect to stay on the road for longer, as both configurations will have you at the gas station less often.  

When the 2021 Sportage is equipped with the standard engine and front-wheel drive, you can expect an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 city/30 highway/26 combined MPG.*

Add on available AWD and that changes to a respectable 22 city/26 highway/23 combined MPG.*

When you opt for the available turbocharged engine, the EPA-estimated fuel economy drops a bit due to its impressive power. However, with 20 city/28 highway/23 combined MPG, it's still quite remarkable.*

If you want the upgraded engine as well as AWD capabilities, the EPA-estimated fuel economy comes in at 19 city/24 highway/21 combined MPG.*


FWD Estimated MPG*

AWD Estimated MPG*

2.0L 4-cylinder

23 city / 30 highway / 26 combined

22 city / 26 highway / 23 combined

2.0L Turbo

20 city / 28 highway / 23 combined

19 city / 24 highway / 21 combined

How to Improve Your Kia Car's MPG

Though the notable fuel economy estimated for the Kia Sportage speaks for itself, without proper care and attention, these numbers can decrease. To ensure your MPG always stays its best, here are some tips and tricks for you and your Sportage:

  • Oil Changes: Getting your oil changed when recommended is crucial in keeping your Sportage efficient. Without clean oil for your engine, it'll need to work in overdrive, thus using more fuel than needed. The recommended interval for the Sportage to get the oil changed is every 5,000 miles, but more often if driving under strenuous circumstances.
  • Tire Pressure: Ensuring your tires are always at the correct PSI is also important for a fuel-efficient Kia. This is easy, thanks to the High Line Tire-Pressure Monitoring System standard on every trim. This will let you know on your dashboard when your tires need air.
  • Towing: Though the Kia Sportage can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped, it's best to do so only when you need it. Towing (or carrying heavy loads in your cabin) frequently can also lessen your MPG.

2021 Kia Sportage Technology

The Kia Sportage has much more than lively performance and exceptional fuel economy. There's a lot of value to be had with this Kia vehicle, regardless of the trim level you choose. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard in every trim offering Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone compatibility. Access to apps and control of the available Harman Kardon® premium audio are optional.

The UVO infotainment system is one of the best on the market, due to its responsive touchscreen with large clear icons, high-resolution output, and its user-friendly interface. With this system you can quickly and easily access the features and options you want most for entertainment or connectivity on the road.

Test Drive the 2021 Kia Sportage Today!

The Kia Sportage offers many appealing attributes, including energetic powertrains, excellent fuel economy, and a long list of technology and convenience features to enhance the daily driving experience.

If you want to learn more about the Kia Sportage MPG, Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg is here to help. Drivers around Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, PA, can find out more about the Kia Sportage fuel economy and features by visiting our dealership. Give us a call or stop by today to browse our inventory of Sportage models and schedule your test drive!

*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.

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