The 2022 Kia Sportage Just Might Be the Women’s World Car of the Year

The 2022 Kia Sportage is one of the most popular SUVs, and now it’s also the Women’s World Car of the Year Family SUV. That puts it in the running for another title; the Women’s World Car of the Year. What makes the Kia Sportage a contender for this top honor?

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The 2022 Kia Sportage is the Women’s World Car of the Year Family SUV

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The 2022 Kia Sportage takes the title of the Women’s World Car of the Year Family SUV. To find the award winners, 56 journalists from over 40 countries tested vehicles that were produced between January 1 and December 31, 2021. The judges will pick an overall winner for the Car of the Year award on March 8, 2022, which is International Women’s Day.

There are a total of six categories that the judges, all women, will choose from. Current category winners include the 2022 Peugeot 308 in the Urban Model category, the 2022 Kia Sportage as the Family SUV, the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E in the Large Car category, the 2022 BMW iX as the Large SUV, the 2022 Audi e-Tron GT in Performance Car, and the 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe as the winner of the 4×4 category.

Is the Sportage a good SUV?

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Yes, the 2022 Kia Sportage is a great SUV. It comes with a host of important safety features, even in the base model, the LX. The LX comes with forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist. If you opt for the 2022 Kia Sportage S, you’ll also get blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic warning.

The 2022 Sportage has a 16.4 gallon gas tank that holds enough fuel to get you 23 miles in the city and 30 miles on the highway. While there are some other SUVs that get slightly better fuel economy, this isn’t bad for an SUV, and is unlikely to be a reason you’d be disappointed in the Sportage.

How much does the Kia Sportage cost?

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The base model 2022 Kia Sportage, the LX, costs $24,090. This comes with a 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine. You can always upgrade to one of the higher trims, though. The 2022 Sportage Nightfall Edition costs $28,090, while the Sportage EX comes in at $28,390. The Kia Sportage SX Turbo will start at $33,750. Each of these Sportage models comes with front-wheel drive, though you can add all-wheel drive to any of them for $1500.

The 2022 Kia Sportage comes with an impressive infotainment system that’s simple to use with clear and crisp graphics. It has an eight-inch touchscreen and is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. The 2022 Sportage also has voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, and USB ports.

All in all, the 2022 Kia Sportage is exactly the kind of SUV that a family would consider. While it may not suffice for larger families, it has everything a smaller family needs, plus enough niceties to make you comfortable on any trip. It’s also an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, so you can feel comfortable knowing that your SUV has good crash test ratings. Now we just have to wait and see whether the 2022 Kia Sportage can take home the overall title of Women’s World Car of the Year.