|Compact SUV; Built in South Korea|
|Good condition price range: $10,300 – $23,700*|
2011 Kia Sportage Front
2011 Kia Sportage Rear
2011 Kia Sportage Interior
2011 Kia Sportage Profile
2011 Kia Sportage Interior-2
2011 Kia Sportage Front-2
Some visibility was sacrificed to the racy styling, and interior materials and fuel economy fall a bit below par for the class. Otherwise, Sportage delivers a host of standard features, plus an impressive list of luxury options that might be installed on a used example. Our Recommended (2011-12) nod goes to the high-value LX and EX trim levels. The SX’s quicker acceleration and sharper handling can’t overcome its noisy engine, stiff ride, and higher price when new, though price differences between models tend to be smaller on the used-car market.
Redesigned for 2011, Kia’s smallest crossover SUV gained freshened styling along with new powertrains. Sportage shared its platform with the Hyundai Tucson, but had unique styling inside and out and offered a different mix of features. Sportages came in Base, LX, and EX trim levels, each with a standard 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The top-line SX model held a turbocharged 256-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. These replaced a 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 173-horsepower, 2.7-liter V6. A six-speed manual transmission was available only on the Base Sportage. Standard on all other models was a six-speed automatic. All Sportages were available with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive was optional on LX, EX, and SX. The AWD system lacked low-range gearing, but a dashboard switch could lock in a 50/50 front/rear power split. The SX model had a sport suspension and unique trim.
Standard safety features included all-disc antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Available features included a navigation system, rearview camera, rear-obstacle detection, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a ventilated driver’s seat, and keyless entry/engine start. Sportage competitors included the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Volkswagen Tiguan, as well as the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.
The 2012 Kia Sportage could now get Kia’s UVO infotainment system with voice control for cell phones and digital-music players. UVO was standard in EX and EX models. New rear dynamic suspension dampers and increased floor insulation aimed to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. LX Sportages got new 17-inch wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires. The SX model’s optional blue or orange contrast trim and seat piping were dropped.
The 2013 Sportage received some minor tweaks. All models got sunvisor extenders. On LX and EX models the headlamp units added LED accent lighting. Power-folding side mirrors were standard on SX and optional on EX. The leather-wrapped steering wheels in EX and SX benefited from higher-quality hides. There were few mechanical changes, but the SX model’s turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was rated at 260 horsepower. This was an increase of 4 compared to the 2012 model.
Kia’s 5-passenger compact SUV got freshened exterior styling, suspension tweaks, and updated infotainment features for 2014. Also, the base 4-cylinder engine got a slight horsepower boost, from 176 to 182 hp.