Kia Sportage is a sporty crossover utility vehicle, conveniently sized and well-executed in almost every way. The Sportage coaxes both ample performance and decent fuel economy from a choice of two moderately sized engines. Unlike some competitors in this class, which tend to look alike, the Kia Sportage glories in its distinctive appearance, helped by a high beltline, pronounced rear pillars and prominent wheel flares.
For 2014, Kia has enhanced its standard 2.4-liter engine, adding direct injection and boosting horsepower from 176 to 182 horsepower. Wheels and the grille have been redesigned, and high-intensity-discharge headlights have been added to the options. LED rear taillights are installed, and EX models get new fog lamps. Newly available features for 2014 also include Infinity premium audio, rear ventilation, a ventilated passenger seat, and UVO eServices that work with a free smartphone app. All 2014 Sportage models have a tilt/telescopic steering wheel. A new navigation system is available, compatible with UVO eServices. On the dashboard is a new 4.2-inch LCD screen.
All 2014 Sportage models have high-performance dampers. Kia has dropped the previous base model and the manual transmission; all 2014 Sportage models have a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Sportage LX come standard with a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth capability, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM satellite radio with USB and auxiliary ports, 60/40 flat-folding rear seat, and 225/60R17 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. A Popular Package ($1,600) for the LX bundles UVO/Microsoft voice-activated infotainment with a backup warning system, rearview camera, roof rails, rear spoiler, trip computer, outside mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators, sunvisor mirror illumination, and a second-row armrest with cupholders.
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