The Kia Sportage SUV

The 2018 Kia Sportage remains unchanged, for the most part. It has some excellent features that CUV drivers appreciate. But it is still an average CUV that you can get for an average price. There are also a couple of not so useful features that may cause some to look elsewhere. Kia improved the 2018 Sportage slightly by making some hi-tech features standard which was only available as add-on options. They are also offering a new hi-tech optional package for the lowest trim. Here are the answers to your questions about the Kia Sportage.


Is the Sportage fuel efficient?

This is one of the Sportage's less-than-stellar features. It gets slightly worse mileage than its competitors. The Sportage gets 20-23 mpg in the city and 23-30 mpg on the highway. The Hyundai Tucson gets 26 mpg in the city, and 32 mpg on the highway and the Mazda CX-5 gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.


Is the Sportage available in different models?

The Sportage is available in three different trim levels. You can get it in the basic Sportage LX trim, Sportage EX or the Sportage SX Turbo.


How many people can ride in the new Sportage?

Five people can fit in the Sportage, and quite comfortably, too. This is one of the Sportage's better features. There is plenty of room for the driver, a passenger in the front and three 6-foot tall passengers in the back. Kia also included two sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors in the back seat.


How much does the Sportage cost?

The Sportage LX starts out at $23,500. The base price for a Sportage EX is $26,300, and the Sportage SX Turbo has a base price of $32,800.


Does the Sportage come with a powerful engine?

The two lower trim levels do not have powerful engines. They both come with a 2.4-L 4-cylinder engine that only produces 181-hp. It has plenty of get-up-and-go for driving around town, but it doesn't accelerate very quickly on the highway or if you need to pass a slower driver. The SX Turbo is a little better equipped with a 2.0 Turbo-four that produces 240-hp.


Is the Sportage an all-wheel-drive CUV?

All three trim levels are available in all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.


Does the new Sportage come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

Yes, the Sportage EX and the Sportage SX Turbo both come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. They are also available options in the LX trim. All three trims come with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, too, as well as a USB port, auxiliary input jack, and 12-volt power outlets. The LX comes with an AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM six-speaker stereo system and a 5" touchscreen. <br><br>The Sportage EX comes with UVO connectivity with a 7" touchscreen and a USB 2.1 charger port. UVO includes voice-recognition technology, hands-free calling, navigation and an enhanced telematics suite that you control through a free smartphone app. <br><br>The SX Turbo also comes with UVO connectivity but with a larger 8" touchscreen, SiriusXM Traffic, HD Radio and a USB 2.1 charger port. It also comes equipped with a Harman/Kardon Premium Surround Sound stereo with Clari-Fi and eight speakers.


How much room does the Sportage have for cargo?

The Sportage isn't the roomiest CUV, but there is plenty of space for hauling groceries, luggage, and supplies. With the rear seat in place, there are 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the back. If you put the rear seat down, you get 60.1 cubic feet of space. There is also a hidden compartment underneath the floor in the back that gives you a little more space for smaller items in the LX and EX-trims. A Smart Power Liftgate comes standard on the SX Turbo and is an available option for the EX.


What type of hi-tech safety features are standard on the 2018 Sportage?

This is where Kia made some improvements as far as what's standard and what's optional. Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, heated outside mirrors, folding outside mirrors and outside mirror turn signals are standard equipment in the 2018 Sportage EX. The SX Turbo comes with those features and Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold. <br><br>All three trim levels come with a Tire-pressure Monitoring System, Downhill Brake Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Brake Assist System, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, an Anti-lock Braking System and a Rollover Sensor. <br><br>There is a newly available technology package for the LX trim this year, too. It includes a Lane Departure Warning system, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, outside mirror turn signals and power folding outside mirrors.


How well has the Sportage done on crash tests?

The Sportage has done very well in crash tests. The Kia Sportage has been given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2018 Sportage an Overall Safety Rating of five stars. It only got a four-star rating on the Front Driver Side test, though.

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