The third-generation Sportage has been around for a few years now, but Kia is making some minor changes to its compact crossover for 2014. As expected with a small, mid-cycle refresh, there isn't anything too major to report here, but the important news for the 2014 Sportage involves what's behind that modestly updated fascia.

Kia has revamped the Sportage's base 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine to add direct injection, which is said to improve efficiency, although no fuel economy numbers have been released yet. Switching to DI has also increased the engine's output, up slightly from 176 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque in 2013 to 182 hp and 178 lb-ft for 2014. Additionally, LX models now receive the sportier shock setup previously available only on EX and SX trims.

More importantly, the base trim level has been dropped from the 2014 Sportage lineup, meaning the car's manual transmission has been axed, as well. Pricing hasn't been released yet, but the 2013 Sportage already undercut competitors like the Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4 by thousands of dollars, so even a modest increase for 2014 would still position the Kia rather nicely in the segment.

From a styling perspective, Kia has given the Sportage a new grille and some slightly difference foglamps on the EX trim level, and inside, changes include a standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel and the inclusion of UVO eServices (optional on LX and standard on EX and SX). Read about all the changes in Kia's full press release, below.
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2014 SPORTAGE
Stylish CUV Adds Premium Amenities and Convenience Features

-Kia's longest running nameplate offers an enhanced 2.4L powertrain for greater efficiency
-Award-winning CUV equips drivers with UVO eServices for advanced voice-activated telematics control

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2013 –The 2014 Sportage advances Kia's brand to the next level with an array of design enhancements as well as a host of comfort and convenience features. Building upon the already award-winning platform, Sportage now offers – 2.4L GDI I4 (LX and EX) and 2.0L Turbo GDI (SX) powertrains – for enhanced efficiency.

Refined and Sophisticated Exterior
Available in three trims – LX, EX and SX – the 2014 Kia Sportage features a high beltline, sweeping angles and pronounced wheel flares, conveying an indomitable road presence with an aggressive, hunkered-down stance. The full-sectioned body, defined by a spearing shoulder line throughout the length of the car, helps to visually connect the available HID headlamps and LED tail lights. The crispness of this line, together with its lowered body, creates a distinct sense of precision while the pronounced C-pillar conveys an air of solidity and balance when viewed from the side. Sportage continues the evolution of Kia's design language with a new grille design and as well as new fog lamps on the EX trim.

Added Comfort and Convenience
The 2014 Sportage enhances ride quality and dynamic handling through standard high performance dampers across all trim levels (previously only on EX and SX). For added driver comfort, a tilt and telescopic steering column is now standard across all trims.

For enhanced passenger comfort, all trims feature standard rear ventilation and reclining outboard seats. Moving to the EX trim adds standard heated front seats, Infinity®[1] Premium Audio, auto-dimming mirror with Homelink®[2] and heated outside mirrors. Meanwhile, an available Premium package adds ventilated front seats, navigation with SiriusXM TrafficTM[3], leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, and power-folding outside mirrors.

Standard on the EX and SX models and available as a package on LX, the Sportage takes in-car connectivity to the next level with UVO eServices. The system represents an evolutionary leap from the original UVO system's capabilities, adding a new telematics suite ("eServices") enabled by an exclusive, free smartphone app[4] that provides drivers with an innovative in-vehicle connectivity experience including diagnostics capabilities[5] and added convenience features. UVO is short for "Your Voice" and through Advanced Voice Recognition technology, allows consumers to control music and mobile phone operations while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road. When equipped with UVO eServices, the 2014 Sportage also features a Rear Camera Display with a Back-Up Warning System[6] and auto headlamp system.

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima and Sorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the Cadenza flagship sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan, 5-door and Koup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.


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      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look at that garbage rust-mobile, lol.
      Broady Cats
      • 1 Year Ago
      @BB79826 : This is the INTERNET and I can type the way want to type you ugly retarded hunky cracker. If its my opinion that this thing looks bland its just my opinion retard. You laughing because you saw you ugly face in the mirror.
      Broady Cats
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing so bland and dated, and it looks the same. I don't see any changes.
        drew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Broady Cats
        Of all the vehicles in the class you think THIS is bland and dated?
          Broady Cats
          • 1 Year Ago
          @drew
          Yes... this is bland and dated. I think that Kia can do better than this, the same thing with the Hyundai Tuscon. Both are bland and needs a dramatic update with in the quickness.
          BB79826
          • 1 Year Ago
          @drew
          It is the LEAST bland CUV in the entry level market. PERIOD. You're making me laugh. Also, you can't form sentences.
        petemason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Broady Cats
        "This thing is so bland and dated" Spot the troll.
      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Definitely one of the better looking CUVs out there.
      FRD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very subtle changes. I bought a 2013 and still enjoy driving it. Still looks brand new.
      Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thumbs up to Kia who keep their vehicles up to date and with popular options most buyers desire. They are strong and getting stronger in excellent value for the purchase price.
        William Flesher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul
        Agreed. Too bad they keep dropping the manual transmission offerings though.
          MotownMan50
          • 1 Year Ago
          @William Flesher
          I used to be a "cars-must-come-with-a-manual-trans-option-to-be-any-good" kind of guy. But I actually get better performance, better fuel mileage with my auto-select-box and no longer feel the need to say "cars-must-come-with-a-manual-trans-option-to-be-any-good" -- just my 2 cents worth.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      (In my experience) For every 1 Kia Sportage, I see about 30 4th gen Honda CR-V's. I think Kia's sales high from its more extreme take on exterior styling is simmering down.
        789dm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Maybe those CRV are rentals fleet?( joking ) hehehehe. Same here seen too many CRV make me think are you sure they are not rental?
          plarson79
          • 1 Year Ago
          @789dm
          Honda sells an industry low ( 1%) of their vehicles to fleet. Toyota, Nissan, Ford and Hyundai have by far the greatest. Some model lines get to nearly 30% fleet by these companies
          Famsert
          • 1 Year Ago
          @789dm
          Kia sells far more to fleet than Honda bud.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      so, whats everybody's experience with the interior durability. Mine with Hyundai was pitiful- curious if I got a lemon or if that's the trend
        guinnessfanatic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carnut0913
        40k miles in my '11 Optima seems to be holding up well. Had the shift lever fail in such a way that I didn't notice until they were swapping out the brake light switch for that recall. It's rare enough that the really cute service counter girl at my Kia dealer had never seen in it fail. And I don't think she'd lie as her dismissal of my date inquiry was quite honest.
      dave and mary
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't like cars that smile at me. It says "I'm cheap underneath the sparkle".
      BC
      • 1 Year Ago
      It undercuts competitors by "thousands" only when you don't buy any upgrades. A 2013 EX AWD with leather and nav runs almost $31,000 list, which is $1600 more than a RAV4 Limited AWD--which admittedly has "Softex" instead of leather, but still.
      Flat4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Killed In Action
        scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Flat4
        I never made the association until about a week ago and now that is all I think when I see the badge. Not a happy connotation.
      guinnessfanatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've never understood why the Sportage and Sorento get the MPFI Theta II while Optima, a smaller vehicle, gets the direct injection version. I think this is long overdue and finally bringing a great powerplant to more of their line-up.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @guinnessfanatic
        The Sorento has had the GDI option for a few years now...
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