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MSRP: $22,150-31,490

2016 Kia Sportage news, pictures, specifications, and information

Kia's Sporty CUV Continues to Stand-Out in a Crowded Segment

•Sportage carries over wîth minor enhancements in 2016
•With a long list of standard technology and convenience features, the design-forward CÚV makes a great road trip companion for those wîth active lifestyles

IRVINE, Calif., June 19, 2015 – The Sportage carries into the 2016 model year wîth minor changes to simplify the line-up and add premium features. Offered in three trim levels: LX, EX and SX, the Sportage stands out in the compact CÚV §egmènt wîth cutting-edge design that doesn't compromise on space or utility. Changes for 2016 focus on standard content enhancements along wîth features offered within the various option packages. Notable is the EX, which adds standard leather trimmed seating surfaces this year.

The LX Popular Package adds a touchscreen display wîth integrated Rear Camera Display1 and auto on/off headlights to the existing equipment, which includes a rear spoiler, roof rails, trip computer, rear armrest wîth cup holders and illuminated sun visors. Along wîth leather seating surfaces, the EX adds as standard equipment Smart Key wîth push-button start. For 2016, the EX Premium Package adds the Infinity®2 Premium audio system, front fog lights, integrated turn signals in the heated outside mirrors along wîth a cooled glove box. Carryover features found in the EX Premium Package include panoramic sunroof, navigation and ventilated front seats. The SX is fully loaded, adding to the EX Premium Package a standard turbocharged engine, dual exhaust pipes, LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED tail lights, aluminum door-scuff plates, and unique wheels and grille design.

The 2016 Sportage continues to be offered wîth two engine choices: a 2.4-liter GDI inline-4 cylinder (LX and EX models) and the sportier 2.0-liter GDI turbocharged inline-4 cylinder (SX). The normally aspirated 2.4-liter engine produces 182 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a maximum 177 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, while the 2.0-liter powerplant makes a rousing 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a stout 269 lb.-ft. of torque from a low 1,850 rpm. All-wheel drive is available across all three trim levels and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Source - Kia

What's New

LX
•Popular Package •Touchscreen audio display
•Rear Camera Display
•Auto on/off head lights

EX
•Standard leather trimmed seating surfaces
•Standard push button start wîth Smart Key
•Premium Package •Infinity premium audio
•Integrated outside mirror turn signals
•Heated outside mirrors
•Front fog lamps
•Cooled glove box
•Auto-dimming rearview mirror

SX
•Standard leather trimmed seating surfaces
•Standard ventilated seats
•Standard panoramic sunroof
•Standard Homelink

Source - Kia
The first Kia Sportage was produced ontop of the Mazda Bongo platform. It was a smaller SUV, sold in either a two-door soft top or four-door bodystyles. The vehicles were sold in low numbers and were even recalled on two occasions for problems with the rear wheels dismounting while in use. The Sportage, however, was the first vehicle to be equipped with a knee airbag.

Production of the Kia Sportage continued in the North American market until 2002; worldwide, it continued until 2003.

The Sportage was out of the market for two years before the next generation was introduced. It was built ontop of the Hyundai Elantra and Tucson platform, and was Kias first crossover SUV. In comparison to the first generation, the Sportage has become more tamed - better suited for road use and less for 'off-roading'

The Sportage is available with an optional V6 engine which offers over 170 horsepower. It rests comfortably on a 103.5-inch wheelbase and has both front- and four-wheel drive capability.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
 
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