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2011 Kia Sportage Review and Price

About 2011 Kia Sportage

The Sportage series has a uniqiue place for the manufacturer production and they are taking it a few notches higher with the 2011 Kia Sportage. It marks the second generation of the same series that was introduced in 2005, although this time this five-passenger SUV has got more to showcase both on the interior and exterior department.

Q. Who are the competitors of the 2011 Kia Sportage ?

A.  2011 Honda CR-V, 2011 Ford Escape, 2011 Nissan Rogue are main competitors of the Kia Sportage. Subaru Forester also poses competitive threat to the 2011 Kia Sportage.

Q. Any information on the pricing details of the 2011 Kia Sportage ?

A. The 2011 Kia Sportage is expected to release mid-2010, hence the pricing information is much clearer now and it is quite appealing for budget-conscious auto consumers. The LX model equipped with a front-wheel drive system and manual transmission is expected to start at $18,999. For the LX model built with automatic transmission will sell at $22,000. Meanwhile, you can get the LX AWD version for no more than $24,999.

The Sportage EX model built with automatic transmission and front-wheel drive is priced at $25,000. But if you switch onto an all-wheel drive comes with a $27,000 price tag. For such price, you can also enjoy Kia’s generous warranty that stretches up to 100,000 miles powertrain or 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper.

Q. Any styling information available ?

The 2011 Kia Sportage will follow the same route that they have taken for the new Tucson. The 2011 model is expected to me only slightly larger than the previous year models. To improve the gas mileage, the weight is expected to reduce.

2011 kia sportage

Q. Information about the engine ?

A. The 2011 Kia Sportage will retain the four-cylinder engine, which is a 2.4-liter engine.  This one can deliver up to 173 horsepower to ensure reliable engine and on-road performance.

Q. What is the fuel economy of the 2011 Kia Sportage ?

A. The fuel economy rating for this vehicle, although improved, vary from one model to another – the LX model with manual transmission and front-wheel drive brings in an average of 23 mpg on the city and 31 mpg on the highway. This rating is therefore quite impressive amoung its class of compact SUV.

Q. What other features and gadgets are available for this model ?

A. Standard features on the interior are pretty standard such as keyless entry, power windows and locks. The  heated front seats makes a great convenient for location in cold areas.  But the 2011 Kia Sportage also offers some more options to upgrade the quality of your ride, such as the dual-panel panoramic sunroof. The  voice-activated navigation system, and a 6.5-inch LCD dashboard touchscreen gives the dashboard a stylish and modern look.

Pro’s of 2011 Kia Sportage

*The 2011 Kia Sportage comes with Increased maneuverability, especially during close quarters;

*Lesser body weight improves fuel economy rating;

*Increased ride height;

*Generous passenger space;

*It is pleasing to the eyes;

*Budget-friendly.

Con’s of 2011 Kia Sportage

*The only cons observed is the 2011 sportage comes with smaller cargo area.

The Bottom Line

The 2011 Kia Sportage is the best choice of vehicle for those who appreciated this vehicle before for its performance, despite of lacking stylish appeal. But this time around, it has been given the much needed styling revision to give it a shapely new form and more pleasant appeal to rise above its class. It is also one of the most affordable in the compact crossover lineup to provide more value to your money.

  1. Mike Harding
    August 25th, 2010 at 00:58 | #1

    As an SUV I am very surprised that none of the reviews I have found, mention the Sportage’s Towing ability, especially for the Turbo Diesel Model. Kia specifies that the Sportage can tow 1600 KG (Braked) which is reasonable, but there are no independent reviews on how well it does this. It might be nice to know, considering this is a ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’.