Kia's capable Sportage compact SUV has been updated for 2009, featuring a new grille, headlights, and front valence, as well as upgraded interior trim.
Engine options for the Sportage are a 140 horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 and a 173 horsepower 2.7-liter V6. Power is sent to the front wheels or available 4-wheel drive through a 4-speed automatic transmission. 4-cylinder models are also available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Fuel economy for the Sportage ranges from 17 miles per gallon city, up to 25 miles per gallon highway.
In addition to the available 4-wheel drive, electronic stability control and dual link rear suspension ensure that the Sportage is well planted on or off the road.
Base MSRP for the 2009 Kia Sportage is $16,695. A 4-wheel drive EX V6 with full options will come in at around $28,000. The Sportage is backed by Kia's impressive 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With a fresh, updated appearance and capable powertrain choices, the 2009 Kia Sportage is an excellent choice in the compact SUV market.