Kia Sportage Overview
Kia Sportage was redesigned from the ground up in 2011, and continues largely unchanged for 2013. Based on Hyundai underpinnings, it is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, or a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder with all-wheel-drive, both engines mated to a 6-speed automatic. The base 2.0-litre FWD model comes with power windows, electric mirrors with indicators, keyless entry, cloth seats, fog lamps, manual a/c, rear spoiler, roof rails, CD/MP3 stereo with 6 speakers and USB/AUX inputs, 17-inch steel wheels, ABS and only a single driver-side airbag. Things get better in the higher trim levels, with the top 2.4-litre AWD model additionally outfitted with dual-zone automatic a/c, panoramic glass roof, cruise control, smart key with starter button, leather upholstery, power driver-side seat, stereo with subwoofer and iPod cable, rear sensors and camera, chrome door handles, electric folding mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation and improved safety features such as ABS with stability control, active headrests and two front airbags, though still no side airbags. The Sportage received high ratings in European crash tests, but keep in mind that they apply to a model with six airbags.