If you’re not big on doing automotive research you might want to turn to The Car Book. The consumer guide analyzes new car models for safety, efficiency, maintenance and insurance costs, and performance, and then picks its favorites so you don’t have to. And this year The Car Book’s “Best Bets” include the 2013 Kia Sportage! “We appreciate Kia’s commitment to deliver high-value market choices for the American buyer,” said Jack Gilles, author of The Car Book. In response, Michael Sprague, the executive vice president of marketing and communication at Kia Motors America, says, “We are very proud to have the 2013 Sportage recognized.” He goes to to explain some of the reasons the Sportage stands out: “As Kia’s longest running nameplate, the Sportage offers sleek styling, modern amenities and fun-to-drive performance in a capable compact SUV.” The folks at The Car Book obviously agree!