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2015 Kia Sportage

The Athletic and Attractive Sportage Continues to Excite CUV Buyers

•Award-winning crossover is available in three trims wîth superb technology features
•Sportage receives subtle interior updates across all trim levels

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 – For 2015, the Kia Sportage continues to offer an impressive feature set, robust performance and modern styling. Recently recognized for the second consecutive year as the top-ranked small CÚV in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study (in a tie), the Sportage carries over from a year of updates, including notable exterior revisions and a variety of comfort and convenience enhancements. The Sportage is offered in three trim levels– LX, EX and SX– and offers two powertrains: a 2.4L GDI I4 (LX and EX) and a 2.0L Turbo GDI (SX).

Starting wîth the LX trim, the 2015 Sportage offers numerous standard features, including 17-inch alloy wheels matched wîth 225/60R17 low-rolling-resistance silica tires, body-color door handles, Bluetooth®1 Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity, solar glass, privacy glass, keyless entry wîth folding key and a six-speed electronically controlled Sportmatic™ automatic transmission. (posted on The popularly equipped EX trim offers stylish 18-inch alloy wheels wîth 235/55R18 tires, LED turn signals on the outside mirrors, high-performance dampers, roof rails, a rear spoiler, fog lamps and chrome body trim and door handles. The top-of-the-line Sportage SX adds a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine producing 260-horsepower, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust, sculpted side sill moldings, LED accent lighting along the headlamps for a sportier, more upscale appearance and a unique SX grille. For added driver comfort, a tilt and telescopic §teering column is standard across all trims.

For enhanced passenger comfort, all trims feature standard rear vents and reclining outboard seats as well as an optional ventilated seat for the front passenger. Drivers of the EX trim are treated to the perks of standard heated front seats, Infinity®2 Premium Audio, and heated outside mirrors. The impressive Premium Package adds navigation wîth SiriusXM Traffic3, leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key wîth push-button start, and power-folding outside mirrors.

In terms of technology features, consumers will find that all trims of the 2015 Sportage offer Apple®4 ÚSB compatibility. Standard on the EX and SX models and available as a package on LX, the ÚVO5 system utilizes the advanced eServices telematics suite enabled by an exclusive, free smartphone app6 that provides drivers wîth an innovative in-vehicle connectivity experience including diagnostics capabilities7 and added convenience features. ÚVO is short for 'Your Voice' and promotes driver convenience through Advanced Voice Recognition technology, which allows consumers to control music and mobile phone operations while keeping their hands on the §teering wheel and their eyes on the road. When equipped wîth ÚVO eServices, the 2015 Sportage also features a Rear Camera Display8 and auto headlamp system.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 182 hp
Torque: 177 ft-lbs

Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 274 hp
Torque: 269 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA proudly serves as the 'Official Automotive Partner' of the NBA and LPGA and surpassed the 500,000 annual sales mark for the second consecutive year in 2013 following the launch of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CÚV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CÚV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the Únited States. Kia's Ú.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs.

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
Recent Vehicle AdditionsModel Year Changes

  • (SX) 18-inch wheel inserts painted black in lieu of grey
  • (SX) Navigation standard
  • (SX) Power folding outside mirrors standard
  • (SX) Smart key and push button start standard
  • LX
    -LX Popular Package split into UVO Package and LX Popular Package
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