When Kia introduced the updated 2014 Sportage back in September, one of the biggest things that stood out to us was that the base model was dropped. Not only did this mean the Sportage would no longer be offered with a manual gearbox, but we also expected a price increase to follow. We were right.

The entry-level trim for the 2014 Sportage is now the LX, which starts at $21,600 (not including $850 for destination). This is only a $400 increase over the 2013 Sportage LX, but it represents a $2,600 jump (13.6 percent) in the Sportage's starting price point. At this new price, the Sportage is now priced higher than the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and lower than many other compact crossovers like the Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox, Nissan Rogue, Jeep Cherokee and Toyota RAV4. Pricing for the 2014 Sportage EX has increased by $800, starting at $25,000, while the sportier, turbocharged Sportage SX holds steady at $26,900.

In addition to other minor changes like slightly refreshed exterior styling, a sportier suspension setup for the LX trim level and more available cabin tech, the other key update made to the 2014 Sportage is the addition of direct injection to the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This brings a slight bump in power output (from 176 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque in 2013 to 182 hp and 178 lb-ft for 2014), but, for some reason unknown to us, it dings fuel economy. With ratings of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, the front-wheel-drive Sportage loses 2 mpg for the highway rating compared to 2013, while the all-wheel-drive model's 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway is a drop of 1 mpg for both figures.


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      plarson79
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fuel economy for the AWD model is terrible. 19/26??? That is beyond sub-standard for today.
      T E
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are nuts asking that for a KIA.... Spend the extra few thousand and get a Honda CRV or Toyota Rav. Resale value on those 2 are amazing. Look up and see what a trade in value is on a KIA that is MINT condition and super low mileage.... Maybe 5 to 10 years from now KIA will be a car company that will compete with Honda or Toyota.
      cxv
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would never buy a KIA. Two coworkers own a Soul and an Optima an ever as good as they are by listening to their after sales experiences with the dealership have shut down any interest in the brand.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cxv
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          wilmisale
          • 1 Year Ago
          I have a friend who was a service manager at 2 separate Kia dealerships.The reason he quit Kia was that as much as his mechanics tried, there was no factory support, and the materials and factory workmanship were shoddy. His favorite was the Sedona, but the Sorento gave it a run for its money in the factory defect department. His conclusions were that you can't fix a bad design with even worse parts, so he stopped trying.
          b.rn
          • 1 Year Ago
          Aaron, Unfortunately that's common. I've known more than one person that had one bad experience at a Ford dealership and swore they'd never buy domestic again. ??? On your last statement, manufacturers do have control over what dealerships do. If you want to sell their brand, they mandate tactics, service levels, and the infamous survey scores.
          RGT881
          • 1 Year Ago
          The dealership experience is hugely important. I own a GTI and I can tell you that my VW dealer has not been good. Prior to the GTI, I had a BMW, and the experience there was by far and large way better than VW.
          tinted up
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ wilmisale I have heard similar things from mechanics...
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL the reason i got my Sonata was because it had more content and lower price than competition. I am sorry but Hyundai still needs to offer a nice discount.
        Spartan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        All that crap you talk around here, and you drive a frickin Sonata. You must be proud.
          TruthHertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spartan
          He couldn't afford a Honda, he's a Bama fan...
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog, you forgot to mention that Kia completely dropped their "base" model with the manual transmission. That's why it went up. Also, what the hell is up with the MPG, why did they drop so much for adding a DI engine?
        mary.keana
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        Autoblog did mention it, first sentence.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        Not sure why you're getting +'s, it's clearly stated in the article: "...one of the biggest things that stood out to us was that the base model was dropped. Not only did this mean the Sportage would no longer be offered with a manual gearbox,..."
      Ok
      • 1 Year Ago
      That highway mpg is pretty disappointing. Even AWD compact CUVs are expected to get 30 mpg or more these days.
        godwhomismike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ok
        The shape of the vehicle is certainly not very aerodynamic. I'd imagine wind resistance and more power engines being a good reason why they have less fuel economy. Also, 6 speed automatic vs the CVT a lot of its competitors are using.
        Yeah yeah
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ok
        The old RAV4 with a V6 and AWD got 26 mpg highway, the same as the new 4 cyl. Sportage with AWD. And the RAV 4 had almost 100 more hp! (93, to be exact) Though I guess that's a moot point since the don't sell the RAV4 V6 anymore. But the current 2.0T Forester has 74 more hp and gets 28 mpg highway, for another comparison.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bad move, the only reason they are competitive is because its cheap.
      john96xlt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Higher cost of entry and lower MPG. This is Kia's way of moving "upmarket" I guess.
        TruthHertz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john96xlt
        The mileage didn't go down. It actually went up. The ESTIMATES presented to the public on the window sticker are now lower. Under promise, over deliver...
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Sure it went up despite it going down. Just like Kerry voted for the bill before he voted against it.
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eye opener. Motortrend comparison KIA 15.8 mpg Mazda CX5 22.3 Honda CR-V 21.4 Ford Escape 21.4 VW Tiquan 20.7 http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1209_2012_2013_compact_crossover_suv_comparison/viewall.html
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      19/26 mpg is horrible for such a tiny crossover. With only 180ish hp. The 7 passenger Acura MDX over 4000 lbs, and 290 hp with SH-AWD is rated higher on the highway.
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mary.keana
        Back here in real life.... I mean on Fuelly.com 2013 Acura MDX gets 18 mpg and 2013 Kia Sportage gets 26mpg!
          mary.keana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knightrider_6
          LOL, lame, you used the older MDX. Nice try however.
      purecountry_living
      • 1 Year Ago
      Next...............
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      19/26 is probably a more honest evaluation of fuel economy. For a 2.4L DI with AWD, that's not terrible. Can't say I like the rest of the Sportage, though. Aside from the glossed-up front end and fancy alloys, the rest of the car looks like passé Transformers blocks that were "in" around 2006.
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        That is terrible. Especially from a company that prides itself with modern technology, current engines, and great fuel economy. That is terrible. Sorry...
        mary.keana
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        Then the 7 passenger Acura MDX with SH-AWD is freaking fantastic with 110 more hp and 18 city, 27 highway
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