Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

A new Kia Sportage just might be perfect for a buyer interested in an SUV, yet still prefers a smaller, more compact model. The Sportage also remains a solid crossover geared towards those looking to purchase an economy priced SUV designed more for city driving than off-road adventuring. The sleek design makes it perfect for highways and the handling can deal with quite a number of city style turns and hazards. Do not assume the smaller size means less power, though. A Kia Sportage packs a high performance, yet remarkably quiet engine.

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MODEL OVERVIEW

The 2014 Kia Sportage is marked towards those who want a fast and, not surprisingly, sportive car. While the Sportage can be a decent family SUV, the style, design, and performance of this model clearly is intended to appeal to the athletic auto market. The initial MSRP in the $21,000 range makes the 2014 Sportage a fine choice for those seeking an economy SUV as well.

The Sportage is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The front-wheel version should be preferable to those interested in a ''drive around'' car with the AWD version likely being more appealing to those constantly contending with harsher driving conditions and frequent use in less than desirable weather. The standard transmission on the Sportage is six-speed automatic. This is great for those preferring a little easier time.

Just because the Sportage can fly on the highway does not mean it lacks in handling. There are quite a few performance features designed to make sure the ride is smooth. Electronic stability and traction control would be the two most impacting features. Not only do they make a ride in the Kia more enjoyable, these features enhance the vehicle safety — a definite concern for those traveling with their families.

There is another benefit the cost conscious are going to like, and that is the fuel economy. For an SUV, this is a green vehicle and those mindful of emissions output likely will appreciate the environmentally friendly innovations made to the engine. The 2014 Kia Sportage mpg specs are encouraging for those who both want to help save the environment and their budget. Specifically, the Sportage can get 21 to 28 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway, respectively, depending on the trim level.

Anyone interested in a compact SUV is going to find a Kia Sportage to be a fine compact crossover vehicle. The model can perform well in a host of environments and can also do so safely. The less costly nature of this SUV is another huge positive.

SAFETY

Anyone who puts safety as a must have attribute in an SUV is going to be more than reasonably pleased with the figures on the 2014 Kia Sportage. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests yielded a GOOD (G) rating for head restraints & seats tests, moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength. In addition to the previously mentioned stability and traction control features, airbags and anti-lock brakes can further assure those interested in safety.

NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE KIA SPORTAGE

  • The 2013 Kia Sportage received quite a number of accolades that its manufacturer is quick to point out. One of the awards the model was given was Best Bet in the Car Book 2013.
  • The car also received the SmartWay Certification Mark from the EPA. The EPA issued its award because the Sportage's engine presents low greenhouse gas emissions.  Such a good emissions rating might make the Sportage a fine choice for those interested in an SUV and wish to live a greener lifestyle.
  • In 2013, IIHS named the Kia Sportage one of its Top Safety Picks.