Kia makes a number of changes to the new 2011 Kia Sportage that result in a vehicle that is worthy of comparison to top class competitors. Completely redesigned inside and out, the Sportage now offers enhanced styling, vastly improved mileage and a solid mix of standard features. Review specifications, photos and advantages of the 2011 Sportage to determine if it's the right car for you.
2011 Kia Sportage Styling
While past Sportage models came with a somewhat forgettable exterior, the new 2011 model is emboldened with a sleek and aggressive design that helps distinguish it from the competition. Last year's curvy lines are replaced by bold lines and dynamic angles. Upscale touches and a clean front end also help give the vehicle a slight luxury feel. Add it all up, and the Sportage is a great alternative for anyone looking to avoid the cutesy persona of the average compact SUV.
Inside, the Sportage delivers an interior that is both spacious and accommodating. Rear seat passengers will find plenty of legroom. However, all passengers may complain about the overly firm seats during longer driving trips. Hard plastics used throughout help keep the cost of the Kia low, but detract from the overall aesthetic appeal of the Sportage. If you can look past these minor demerits, then chances are you'll find the Kia SUV to be an amicable environment.
Cargo space for the Sportage comes in at 26.1 cubic feet with the seats up and 54.6 cubic feet with the rear seat down. These figures are average for the class.
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2011 Kia Sportage Performance
Eco-conscious shoppers will be glad to learn that the 2011 Sportage boasts a 12 percent improvement in fuel economy over last year's model. Base models deliver an estimated 22-mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (25 mpg combined). These numbers are good enough to place the Sportage in the top half of the compact SUV class. Opt for a model with four-wheel drive, and you can expect mileage to drop to 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (with automatic transmission).
Currently, the Sportage is only available with a single engine option - a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that offers up 176 horsepower. Though not particularly exhilarating, both acceleration and braking are sufficient for day-to-day driving. Compared to other economy SUVs, the Sportage delivers a firmer suspension that that equates to more confident handling.
If you want a Sportage that you can comfortably call sporty, then you might consider waiting for the release of the Sportage SX. Set to debut in January 2011, this tuned trim will boast a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that should top out above 200 horsepower.
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2011 Kia Sportage Safety
The Sportage is a winner in the category of safety. Available standard features include anti-lock brakes, six airbags, stability control and traction control. Optional equipment includes a rearview camera and backup warning system.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) lists the 2011 Sportage as a "Top Safety Pick" for the year.
2011 Kia Sportage Prices and Features
Base price for the 2011 Kia Sportage comes in at $18,295. This makes it one of the most affordable SUVs for the year. Given the low entry point, standard features are exceptional - base models come with air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and auxiliary jacks.
Notable options include keyless entry, daytime running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver's seat, GPS, panoramic sunroof and keyless ignition.
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