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How Much Weight Can A Kia Sportage Carry?

The Kia Sportage is one of the most recognizable and common Kias on the road. If you are a Sportage owner and are wondering what your car's weight limit rating is, then you've come to the right blog post. In this article, we have researched this topic for you and found these answers.

You can expect a payload rating of 1,010 lbs across all trims for the 2023 offering of the Kia Sportage. This payload rating includes not just your cargo but also the passengers and driver. With that being said, the Sportage is a perfect family or personal car that would be enough to meet the regular needs of a Crossover SUV. 

Do you want to learn more about the weight capacity and features of the Kia Sportage? Then continue reading as we will dive into more details about this topic and other additional questions that will surely answer your question. You will also find other posts regarding Kia vehicles at the end of this article. Let's start.

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How Much Weight Can You Put In A Kia Sportage?

The Kia Sportage continues to become one of the best-selling Crossovers in the market today. Kia has had a reputation as one of the industry's most reliable car brands, which is why the popularity of vehicles like the Sportage continues.

Kia Sportage stopped on a street

The Sportage is more of an urban driving car capable of carrying a typical weight of about a thousand pounds. Since this is only its max rating, the actual weight you can carry with the Sportage should not even reach this limit.

If you chuck a thousand pounds of cargo in the back of your Sportage, there wouldn't be enough for the passengers and the drivers. Your engine would have a difficult time carrying the load. Your suspension would be at its limit and could snap if under this amount of pressure for long periods.

Simply put, the Kia Sportage is not designed to carry heavy loads. It is not a work truck like an F-150 or Chevy Silverado. Instead, it is more or less an enlarged sedan with better ground clearance and added power. If you are planning on using the Sportage for carrying heavy loads, you will not have the proper weight limit rating and the cargo space to do so.

Which Kia Sportage trim has the best payload?

Across all trim levels, the Kia Sportage is rated at the same towing and hauling ratings. This also includes the engine. They only differ in amenities, such as interior features and design. The higher the trim, the more premium and luxurious the features will be available.

Can the Kia Sportage tow?

September 18th, 2018: Car transporters driving on the highway. The car transporter on the first plan has 7 Kia Sportage (from Slovak factory) cars on board.

 

We have seen a bump from previous model years regarding the towing capabilities of the new Kia Sportage. The 2023 Sportage is rated to tow at an impressive 2,500 lbs. Its Hybrid version also comes with the same tow rating. If you ask us, that is mighty impressive!

With these numbers, you can use the Kia Sportage for towing light trailers and cargo like a jetski or a small boat. For a more detailed discussion about this point, check out this article that we have previously published titled, Can A Kia Sportage Tow A Camper? [Inc. 6 Practical Examples].

Can you flat tow a Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage cannot be flat towed in any trim configuration, mainly because it is an all-wheel-drive vehicle with an automatic transmission. Kia vehicles are not known to be flat towable vehicles and were never designed to be used in such manners.

A Kia you can flat tow is a Kia soul. More on that topic with this article titled, Can you flat tow a Kia Soul?

What Are The Available Trims For The Kia Sportage?

A Kia Sportage is parked among palm trees as a family enjoys the beach near the Pacific coast town of Dominical (1)

 

The 2023 Kia Sportage has seven available trims for the market. These are the LX, EX, X-Line AWD, SX, SX Prestige, SX-Pro, and SX-Prestige Pro. The LX is the entry-level or base trim, while the SX-Prestige Pro is its top-of-the-line.

The following are what you can expect per trim level.

LX

The Sportage LX has the lowest starting price in all Sportage line-ups. It starts at a sticker price of $25,990. Specs are as follows.

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder Engine w/ 187 hp & 178 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels, Machined Finish
  • Drive Mode Select (Normal, Smart, and Sport modes)
  • Electronic Parking Brake w/ Auto-Hold
  • LED Headlights and Tail Lights
  • Available All-Wheel Drive
  • Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology
  • And many more

EX

Next on the trim level is the EX, which starts at $27,990. Specs are as follows.

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder Engine w/ 187 hp & 178 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels, Machined Finish
  • Heated Side View Mirrors, w/ LED Turn Signal
  • Dual-Zone Auto Climate Control
  • Auto Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Available All-Wheel Drive
  • Available Roof Rails
  • Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology
  • And many more

X-Line AWD

The X-Line AWD is available with a starting price of $30,790. Specs are as follows.

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder Engine w/ 187 hp & 178 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Active All-Wheel Drive w/ Center Locking Differential
  • 8.3 Inches of Ground Clearance
  • X-Line Body Styling
  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels, Gloss Black Finish
  • High-Utility Roof Rails, Gloss Black
  • Dual-Zone Auto Climate Control
  • Available Smart Power Tailgate
  • Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology
  • And many more

SX

You can get a brand-new SX trim at a starting price of $31,490. Specs are as follows.

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder Engine w/ 187 hp & 178 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels, Matte Gray Finish
  • Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade
  • Smart Power Tailgate
  • Roof Rails
  • Heated Side View Mirrors, w/ LED Turn Signal
  • Dual-Zone Auto Climate Control
  • Auto Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Available All-Wheel Drive, Heated Windshield
  • Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology
  • And many more

SX Prestige

The SX prestige will be yours at an MSRP starting price of $33,490. Specs are as follows.

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder Engine w/ 187 hp & 178 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels, Gloss Black Finish
  • Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade
  • LED Projector Headlights
  • LED Rear Combination Tail Lights
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Smart Power Tailgate
  • Roof Rails
  • Dual-Zone Auto Climate Control
  • Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology
  • And many more

Sportage X-Pro

Have a look at the new SX-Pro, which price starts at $34,990. Specs are as follows.

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder Engine w/ 187 hp & 178 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Active All-Wheel Drive w/ Center Locking Differential
  • Multi-terrain Drive Modes
  • 8.3 Inches of Ground Clearance
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels w/ BFGoodrich® All-Terrain Tires
  • Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade
  • Smart Power Tailgate
  • High-Utility Roof Rails, Gloss Black
  • Dual-Zone Auto Climate Control
  • Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology
  • And many more
 

Sportage X-Pro Prestige

The top-of-the-line SX-Prestige Pro is available at an MSRP starting price of $36,790. Specs are as follows.

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder Engine w/ 187 hp & 178 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Active All-Wheel Drive w/ Center Locking Differential
  • Multi-terrain Drive Modes
  • 8.3 Inches of Ground Clearance
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels w/ BFGoodrich® All-Terrain Tires
  • Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade
  • Smart Power Tailgate
  • High-Utility Roof Rails, Gloss Black
  • LED Projector Headlights
  • LED Rear Combination Tail Lights
  • Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology
  • And many more

Kia Sportage Hybrid

The Kia Sportage also has a separate line for its Hybrid version. It has three available trims, the LX, EX, and SX Prestige. Their specs are the same as their non-Hybrid counterpart. The only difference is the 1.6-liter Hybrid engine that can output 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm.

How Long Do Kia Vehicles Last?

You can expect roughly 200,000 miles out of most Kia models. Kia is a Korean automotive brand that has always prided itself in making vehicles that last. With the proper care and maintenance, you can easily exceed this limit, barring any major accidents that could affect the engine's performance. Owners in online forums claim that their Kias have reached north of 350,000 miles and counting.

How well does the Kia Sportage hold up in value?

 A Kia Sportage is parked among palm trees as a family enjoys the beach near the Pacific coast town of Dominical.

 

A Kia Sportage will depreciate only 29% in the first five years from purchase. If you bought the vehicle for $33,058, you could still sell it for over $23,300 half a decade later.

But you must consider multiple factors like mileage, cosmetic issues, legal issues, and repair history to get the right appraisal value for your vehicle. You will also have to consider if the model year of your Sportage has a recall, as it may affect its value. The 2008-2009 model year has one.

Here's a quick recap of what we discussed

Although not designed as a hauling vehicle, the Kia Sportage is still rated to carry a maximum weight of just over a thousand pounds. This is pretty impressive, considering that it is a Crossover-SUV and has a smaller engine compared to dedicated hauling cars like a half-ton truck.

The Sportage will suffice for your basic daily needs and those occasional family weekend road trips. It can even tow a lightweight camper trailer that you can use for boondocking adventures and RV travels, while still doubling as your everyday use or commuting vehicle. And with its Hybrid option, it helps take the sting out of soaring gas prices.

We hope that we have satisfied your query regarding the Kia Sportage. Do you have any more questions about Kias? Check out some of our previously written articles about them below.

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