History and Facts about Kia Sportage small SUV. The Kia Sportage SUV is one of the oldest compact SUVs on the market. The Kia Sportage was one of the first body on frame CUV.
History of Kia Sportage SUV
The Kia Sportage was first manufactured in Korea since 1993. The Kia Sportage SUV has been on the American market since 1995. The original version was a very cheap SUV. The car disappeared from the American market from 2002 to 2004. The second generation of the Kia Sportage SUV came out in 2005; this vehicle received much better ratings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety tests but received only average ratings from the IIHS. The third generation of the Kia came out in 2011.
While Kia has had a reputation for poor quality, the third generation Kia Sportage SUV has decent reliability and reliability. The redesigned version was a serious upgrade, receiving a JD Power Survey top score.
Design of Kia Sportage SUV
There are several versions of the Kia Sportage. The Kia Sportage LX, Sportage EX and Sportage SX. All Sportage versions have a six speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard; all wheel drive adds to the price.
The cheaper LX and EX have a 2.4 liter gas engine with 182 horsepower. The LX comes with cruse control, tilt and telescoping steering and Bluetooth. The LX has a 140 horsepower engine.
The EX and SX models have keyless entry, automatic climate control with dual zones, heated leather seats, and rear view cameras. The Sportage SX, the premium line, has a turocharged 2 liter engine with a gasoline direct injection engine with 260 horsepower.
The Kia Sportage SUV has an infotainment system called UVO eServices. It lets you make hands free calls and listen to music. Satellite radio was added to the LX and EX versions in 2009. The EX and LX have the option of a cooling glove box.
The Sportage has limited cargo space, around 26 cubic feet behind the rear seats that hold two adults. The back seats recline but don’t lay flat. The seats reclined provide around 54 cubic feet of space.
The vehicle has average suspension. It has below average outward visibility.
Performance of Kia Sportage SUV
The Kia Sportage SUV has mediocre gas mileage, managing 21 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg in the city. For most people, highway driving is around 25 miles per gallon.
JD Powers rates the 2015 Kia Sportage SUV as average to above average on reliability. In crash tests, the Kia Sportage rated good on the moderate overlap front crash test, side impact tests and roof strength crash tests.
One of the major rivals to the Kia Sportage SUV is the Hyundai Tucson. Similar cars in the compact SUV category are the Honda CR-V, GMC Terrain, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Equinox, Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5.
Trivia about Kia Sportage SUV
The Kia Sportage SUV has shared a body platform with the Hyundai Tucson, one of its major rivals. It shares an engine with the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T.
There was a coupe edition of the Kia Sportage made from 1998 to 2002.
A recall for the 2014 Kia Sportage was issued due to incorrect tire pressure information printed on the vehicle.
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