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2011 Kia Sportage Vehicle Preview

August 24, 2010 05:47 PM EST | Kia , SUV's , Sports Cars | Email to Friend | Comments (0)

The redesigned 2011 Kia Sportage will sport aggressive styling and more features. It should be a solid choice for an affordable compact crossover.

What's New for 2011
The 2011 Kia Sportage has been redesigned for 2011

View large imageThe 2011 Kia Sportage has received a much-needed makeover and has emerged much improved inside and out. Related to the similarly new Hyundai Tucson, the Sportage has new exterior styling, with attractive beveled sheet metal accents and a distinctive front fascia. Last year's 2.7-liter V6 has been replaced by a more powerful and efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 176 horsepower, with a turbocharged variant expected to come later. Buyers may choose between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, as well as front- or all-wheel drive.

When the Sportage goes on sale this fall, there will be two trim levels: base LX and upscale EX. Options will include navigation, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, leather seats and Kia's new UVO voice control system. Safety enhancements will include hill start assist and hill descent control, as well as stability and traction control. We've yet to drive the 2011 Kia Sportage, but check back later in the year for complete buying advice and driving impressions.

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