It won’t be long and football will be on TV, the leaves will start to turn, and students will head back to the classroom.
The publication focused on style, safety, fuel-economy, and versatility, and because students are always on a budget, KBB only looked at cars starting under $20,000.
With numerous standard features, a hearty warranty, with a low prices, the sporty compact crossover landed at #6 on the top-ten list.
Back to School in Style: 2013 Kia Sportage
The annual list seeks to assist college-bound students and their parents make informed, educated decisions when it comes time to purchasing a vehicle. The Kia Soul earned top honors last year, making the Sportage the 2nd Kia vehicle named to the list.
“Your hard-earned $20,000 buys a lot of car these days. Case in point, the stylish Kia Sportage offers up real SUV versatility, a bounty of standard features and a lengthy warranty at a very student-friendly price. That it’s recognized as a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick doesn’t hurt, either.”
– Kelley Blue Book
Considering Kia’s involvement with education, this honor seems appropriate. Kia has made charitable contributions to education-based groups, including B.R.A.K.E.S, which conducts driver safety training for teens, and DonorsChoose, which connects under-funded schools with would-be donors.
Standard features in the 2013 Sportage include the following:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Body-color door handles
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Leather-wrapped shift knob
- Brake Assist System
- Traction Control
- Hill Assist Control
- Front LED Accent Lights
“Kelley Blue Book’s recognition of Sportage as one of the 10 Best Back-to-School cars validates Kia’s competitive presence within the ever-growing compact CUV segment”
– Michael Sprague, Kia VP of Marketing
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