3rd Generation (2011—2015) Sportage Problems

This generations ranks 40th out of 45 Kia generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (56%), interior (12%), and the brakes (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Stopped Working While Driving 20 complaints at an average of 86,001 miles in the 2012 Kia Sportage.
  2. Repeated Engine Failure 5 complaints at an average of 56,306 miles in the 2011 Kia Sportage.
  3. Excessive Engine Noise 3 complaints at an average of 60,960 miles in the 2012 Kia Sportage.

What Sportage Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Kia model years.

Watch out for the 2012 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2015 4 1 62 2.3
2014 9 2 82 5.2
2013 20 2 70 4.63
2012 31 2 79 19.02
2011 17 4 75 16.51

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