Kia has a long history of creating excellent vehicles that combine the latest safety features with high fuel economy and fantastic looking cars. With the release of the 2016 Kia Sportage, the company is once again creating a vehicle that truly stands out.
Sporting a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine, it can run at 182 horsepower with a fuel economy of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, for the front-wheel drive model. The all-wheel drive model comes in at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. For those who need a bit more heft in their Sportage, the SX model has an engine that runs at 260 horsepower.
The visual appeal of this vehicle is very strong, with smooth lines that are attractive to the eye and help give the Sportage a very nice, sleek look.
Considered to be a crossover vehicle, it is slightly smaller than an SUV and slightly bigger than a car. This gives you the smooth handling and fuel economy of a car, with the increased cargo space of an SUV.
The 2016 Kia Sportage features three different trims, including the already mentioned SX that has the turbocharged engine, panoramic sunroof, HID headlights, power-folding outside mirrors, voice navigation and 18-inch alloy wheels. The LX is the low-end version of the Sportage with 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker USB/iPod interface, power windows and doors and audio controls on the steering wheel. The EX is the middle-model with leather seating, 18-inch alloy wheels, a cooling glove box, auto headlights, leather steering wheel, Smart Key keyless entry, a trip computer and a backup camera.
In terms of safety, the Kia Sportage is proof again that the company cares about its customer's safety. It features four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, six airbags and active front head restraints. When government testing was done, the Sportage rated very highly getting a perfect score with both front and side impact tests. The Sportage is also rated as good in every category by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
With ride quality, the vehicle features firm suspension, responsive steering and sport dampers on all models that improve the overall ride quality for the driver and all passengers.
The Kia Sportage comes from a company that puts a great deal of emphasis on safety and fuel efficiency and the Sportage does not disappoint in that regard. A smooth ride, plenty of features and a strong commitment to safety means it is the perfect vehicle for road trips with the family, or those solo drives out into the country by yourself.
It is an excellent all-around vehicle that blends a car and SUV together perfectly. Smooth lines, great options, and everything you want from a vehicle these days, it is a vehicle that truly showcases the potential of the Sportage as a vehicle with something for everyone. All you need to decide is which model of the Sportage meets your needs completely.