The Kia Sportage's performance will never be mistaken for that of a BMW X3M or even an Acura 

MDX Type-S, but that isn't really what it's there for. 

The most powerful PHEV can reach 60 mph in as little as seven seconds

while the slightly underpowered gas-powered model needs a full two seconds longer.

Although it is difficult to expect more from any of these powertrains given that they each weigh more than 4,000 pounds.

The Sportage can operate off-road with competence thanks to the X-Line

It has BF Goodrich tyres designed specifically for the trim and 8.3 inches of ground clearance.

 a combined MPG of 43 MPG, slightly outperforming the all-wheel drive hybrids' 38 MPG.