Changes for the 2014 Kia Sportage:
A new direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the 2014 Sportage LX and EX models, adding six horsepower for a total of 182. To celebrate, Kia kills the previous Sportage Base model, redesigns the grille and aluminum wheels, upgrades the suspension, and reduces noise, vibration, and harshness. New options include HID headlights, LED taillights, ventilation for the front passenger’s seat and for the rear seats, a new premium surround sound audio system, a new navigation system, UVO eServices technology, and more.
The 2014 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV offered in LX, EX, and SX trim levels.
Select the Sportage EX for chrome exterior trim, roof rails, automatic headlights, fog lights, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. This model also includes UVO eServices technology, a premium surround sound audio system, a reversing camera, rear parking assist sensors, a trip computer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and more. Stain-resistant fabric is included for the Sportage EX, along with heated front seats, a 6-way power driver’s seat, and a dual-zone automatic climate control system with a CleanAir ionizer.
The Sportage SX adds a more powerful turbocharged engine, HID headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, aluminum doorsill scuff plates, and a unique wheel design.
Engines and Transmissions:
New for 2014, a direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Sportage LX and EX. The new engine makes 182 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque (180 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque for Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle versions).
The Sportage SX continues with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 260 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque is available between 1,850 rpm and 3,000 rpm, helping to make the Sportage SX feel particularly strong.
A standard 6-speed automatic transmission delivers the power to the front wheels. An all-wheel-drive system is optional.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The 2014 Sportage LX and EX models are EPA-rated to get 24 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive. Install the optional AWD system, and that figure drops to 22 mpg. The Sportage SX is rated to return 23 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive, and 21 mpg with the AWD system.
In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Sportage receives different overall ratings depending on whether or not the SUV is equipped with AWD. According to the NHTSA, the Sportage AWD gets a 5-star rating, while the front-drive Sportage models receive a 4-star rating. The reason for this is unclear, because each version’s individual assessment ratings are identical to one another.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2014 Sportage its top rating of “Good” in all crash tests except for the small overlap frontal-impact assessment, which is rated “Poor.”
New UVO eServices technology relies on a paired smartphone to offer free features including Crash Notification Assist, help finding a parked vehicle, access to roadside assistance, and more.
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