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The base Sportage comes well-equipped for the price. It starts with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 176 horsepower and mated to a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic is optional. Included in that model are power windows, mirrors and locks, tilt steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, trip computer and a four-speaker audio system with USB input and Bluetooth.
Moving up a trim, the LX spices up the exterior with 17-inch alloy wheels and privacy glass. Keyless entry is added to the power door locks and the mirrors also get turn-signal indicators. The automatic is the only transmission available. The up-level EX adds features like rear parking sensors, striking 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, telescoping adjustment to the steering wheel and floor mats. It also includes automatic headlights with LED running lights, power driver's seat and a backup camera. Kia's UVO voice recognition system is also included to control audio and iPod functions. The sporty SX adds the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 276 horsepower, a sport-tuned suspension, leather seats and keyless entry and start.
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If you don't need to have the biggest crossover in the class and don't mind the Kia badge anymore, the Sportage is a worthy opponent to the known names in the segment. With either the efficient 2.4 or the powerful 2.0 turbo, and a long range of trims that are loaded with options, there's a Sportage for every price range and customer. Anyone looking in this segment should check this Kia out.
The base Sportage still comes well-equipped, considering its place at the bottom of the trim level range. The Sportage comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 176 horsepower going through the front wheels. A six-speed manual is standard, but a six-speed automatic is an option. All Sportages get 16-inch alloy wheels, a split-folding rear seat, power windows, locks and mirrors, tilt steering wheel, a trip computer and Bluetooth. Also standard are LED running lights, air conditioning and steering wheel controls for the six-speaker audio system that also has USB and AUX inputs. The base Sportage gets a limited selection of exterior color choices and only comes with black cloth upholstery, but if all you want is a small crossover with front wheel drive that's light on fuel, the base Sportage is worth a look.
The EX loads the Sportage up with more technology features and creature comforts to make commutes and long drives more comfortable. The EX adds to the LX, with 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim on the exterior, automatic headlamps, fog lights, rear spoiler, roof rails, power driver's seat, backup camera, the UVO system, HD radio, cooled glove box, telescoping steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Premium Package adds leather seats, with heat for the front ones, a cooled driver's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror with garage door opener, cargo cover and power-folding outside mirrors. The Navigation Package adds the touchscreen navigation system and premium audio system.
The LX builds on the base model's long list of equipment and opens up the availability of optional trim and features. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, as is the six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers also get remote keyless entry to go with the power locks and rear privacy glass. All-wheel drive is an option on the LX. The optional Convenience Package adds Kia's UVO voice recognition system for audio functions, a rear backup camera and rear parking sensors, telescopic steering wheel, roof rails, floor mats, cargo cover, illuminated vanity mirror and a cooled glove box. The Navigation Package includes the Convenience Package, but adds a touchscreen navigation system with SiriusXM traffic and weather and a premium audio system with subwoofer.
The SX is the most aggressive Sportage and is aimed at the crossover driver looking for more performance. The SX comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo with 260 horsepower. All-wheel drive is optional. The SX gets special 18-inch alloy wheels and special exterior trim. A dual exhaust, leather upholstery, more comprehensive gauge cluster, power-folding outside mirrors and keyless entry and start are all included. The Premium Package adds heated front seats, a cooled driver's seat, panoramic sunroof and cargo cover. The Navigation Package is also available.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Kia Sportage$22,833 | 394 mi
2013 Kia Sportage$18,900 | 28,565 mi
2013 Kia Sportage$19,384 | 34,799 mi
2013 Kia Sportage$19,986 | 28,121 mi
2013 Kia Sportage$24,992 | 27,889 mi
2013 Kia Sportage$26,966 | 2,551 mi
2012 Kia Sportage$15,998 | 29,035 mi
2012 Kia Sportage$16,500 | 34,087 mi
2012 Kia Sportage$17,881 | 32,812 mi
2012 Kia Sportage$17,995 | 25,727 mi
2012 Kia Sportage$18,753 | 40,034 mi
2012 Kia Sportage$19,590 | 30,867 mi
2012 Kia Sportage$21,500 | 26,521 mi
2012 Kia Sportage$21,995 | 29,966 mi
2011 Kia Sportage$16,820 | 32,945 mi
2011 Kia Sportage$18,000 | 49,622 mi
2011 Kia Sportage$19,897 | 53,941 mi
2011 Kia Sportage$20,995 | 19,866 mi
2011 Kia Sportage$24,996 | 30,597 mi
2010 Kia Sportage$12,597 | 49,144 mi
2010 Kia Sportage$12,915 | 40,914 mi
2010 Kia Sportage$12,995 | 55,511 mi
2009 Kia Sportage$11,997 | 47,921 mi
2009 Kia Sportage$12,987 | 73,050 mi
2008 Kia Sportage$9,641 | 103,863 mi
2008 Kia Sportage$9,995 | 121,963 mi
2008 Kia Sportage$11,154 | 71,405 mi
2006 Kia Sportage$10,997 | 72,568 mi
Loaded with available technology features and fuel efficient, but can get expensive.
Spacious and practical, but isn't that powerful and is underwhelming to drive.
Available V6 and quiet ride don't outweigh a dull driving experience.
Powerful engine and well-built interior, but base models lack features and gets very expensive.