Intro: Kia has added to an already formidable lineup with the redesigned 2011 Sportage. A complete re-imagining of Kia's 5-passenger compact crossover, the Sportage features rakish lines, aggressive headlights, and design cues that evoke motion even when at rest.
Trims for the Sportage are Base, LX, and EX. Our EX model came equipped with standard fog lights, side-mirror corner signals, a dual panel sun roof, and 18-inch alloy wheels boasting a design as otherworldly as the car itself.
Performance: The Sportage is powered by a 2.4-liter dual overhead cam inline-4. It sends 176 horsepower and 168 pound feet of torque to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Those selecting the available all wheel drive get the 6-speed automatic. When properly equipped, the Sportage can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: Our EX's cabin featured the available leather-trimmed seats, with a heated front passenger seat, and a heated AND cooled driver's seat. It also came equipped with push-button start with smart key, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, and Bluetooth wireless technology connectivity.
The EX also comes with a standard 6-speaker stereo with satellite radio and auxiliary/USB/iPod interface.
The available navigation system adds a touch screen monitor and helpful items such as points of interest and real time traffic updates.
Safety: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, traction control system, driver and front passenger airbags with occupancy sensor, and side impact airbags.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Kia Sportage is $18,295. An EX all wheel drive model starts at $24,795. The Sportage is backed by a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With a striking new design, fuel-efficient powerplant, and a host of standard and optional features, the 2011 Kia Sportage has raised the bar for the compact crossover market.