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By Cars.com Staff
October 14, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Kia Sportage is a compact SUV that competes with other small SUVs, such as the Jeep Compass and Ford Escape. Because Kia and Hyundai share corporate parentage, the Sportage is related to Hyundai's Tucson.
The Sportage is offered with front- or four-wheel drive in LX, LX V6 and EX V6 trim levels.
New for 2010 An illuminated visor vanity mirror and an eight-way adjustable driver's seat are standard for all trim levels, and automatic transmission models gain an EcoMinder indicator, which glows green to denote efficient driving. Rear parking sensors are a new option.
Exterior Styling is highlighted by twin roof bars integrated into sloping D-pillars, which are outlined by black moldings. The top-hinged tailgate contains a flip-up window, and the spare tire mounts under the floor.
Available 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
Standard power mirrors
Optional heated mirrors
Optional rear spoiler
Optional fog lamps
Optional front windshield de-icer
Interior The Sportage seats up to five and has a height-adjustable center console.
With Kia's Drop & Fold rear seating system, the seat cushion lowers and the backrest folds flat, yielding 66.6 cubic feet of cargo space. To accommodate long items, the backrest of the front passenger seat folds down.
Standard cloth seats; optional leather upholstery
Standard satellite radio and USB jack for MP3 players
Standard power windows and locks
Standard keyless entry
Standard cruise control
Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift
Optional heated front seats
Under the Hood A five-speed manual gearbox is standard in the base four-cylinder, and all V-6 models come with an automatic transmission.
140-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 136 pounds-feet of torque
173-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 with 178 pounds-feet of torque
Standard front-wheel drive
Optional full-time four-wheel drive
Safety Standard safety features include:
Front-seat-mounted side airbags
Side curtain airbags that cover all seating rows
Four-wheel antilock brakes
Electronic stability control
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