2011 Kia Sportage Overview
Oh, what a difference a year makes, and this is especially true for the redesigned 2011 Kia Sportage compact crossover.
Not only has the Kia Sportage received a completely new look—it features two new engines. A base 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with direct injection is mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode. A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will be available later in the model year. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Hill start assist and hill descent control aid the 2011 Sportage and come standard.
Fuel estimates have increased significantly and are now an astonishing 21-22 mpg in the city and 28-31 mpg on the highway. Compare those to Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V and you’ll realize that the 2011 Kia Sportage has now entered the big leagues.
Available in two trim levels, base LX and premium EX, the 2011 Kia Sportage receives a complete makeover starting with the exterior. A bigger, bolder black grille flows into the headlights and rests above an elongated air dam that connects the fog lights. A crease in the side doors and a more athletic and modern rear fascia add to the already impressive look. LX models feature 16-inch alloy wheels with optional 17-inch rims. Body-colored door handles and turn signals in the side mirrors are also optional. The EX rests on 18-inch alloy wheels and features body-colored heated side mirrors, rear spoiler, roof rails and chrome trim with a chrome-bordered grille. An optional panoramic sunroof spans the front and rear seats to fill the cabin with sunshine.
The interior of the 2011 Kia Sportage has also been enhanced and features seating for five and a 60/40-split folding backseat (power folding seat on EX) that allows for a maximum of 54.5 cubic feet of cargo room (26.1 cubic feet behind the second row). A stereo system with CD player, four speakers, USB/auxiliary jacks, Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted controls and trip computer are standard. A navigation system, with SIRIUS Traffic and rear camera display, UVO entertainment and communication system, push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and leather seating are optional.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Kia Sportage features antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows, active front head restraints and an electronic stability system.
Get more bang for your buck with the redesigned and super-efficient 2011 Kia Sportage crossover.