Skip to main content

Review: 2011 Kia Sportage

Another Korean Competitor That Beats Expectations Kia likes to say it has the Power to Surprise. Back in the day (oh, five or so years ago...), the Korean automaker's customers were supposed to be pleasantly surprised that their new car, crossover or SUV was a better vehicle than expected. Perhaps you've heard the drill: "I bought it because it was cheap... and you know, it's really not that bad." These days, though, being less mediocre than expected simply isn't good enough. See not-so-(inter)stellar brands Saturn and Mercury for proof thereof. In other words, each new Kia has to... Read More

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Official: Kia Sportage MSRP up by almost 14 percent for 2014, starting at $21,600*
    1386525600

    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, ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Official: 2014 Kia Sportage facelift arrives with updated 2.4L, new grille
    1379367000

    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 ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Recalls: Hyundai and Kia recalling 1.6M more models for faulty brake switch
    1365001320

    In what is likely the largest recall campaign for Hyundai and Kia, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of more than 1.6 million models due to a faulty brake switch. This is in addition to almost 700,000 Hyundai and Kia models recalled for the same problem back in 2009. In more than 620,000 Kia models and 1 million ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    New York: Wonder Woman Kia Sportage is anything but invisible
    1364495340

    The spectacular partnering of Kia and DC Entertainment (the company we grew up loving as DC Comics) continues here at the New York Auto Show, with this Wonder Woman-inspired 2013 Kia Sportage. Ardent Autoblog readers will undoubtedly remember the fruits of earlier Kia/DC efforts: Batman Optima, Flash Forte Koup, Green Lantern Soul, Cyborg Forte, Aquaman ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    KBB hands out inaugural Total Cost of Ownership awards to Kia, Audi
    1328805300

    Kia has taken home the first ever Kelley Blue Book award for Total Cost of Ownership among consumer brands. As you might expect, the award goes to brands and vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs. KBB examines depreciation, fuel costs, fees associated with finance and insurance, maintenance costs and state fees. Both the Optima sedan and ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Followup: Kia disavows sexy cartoon ads
    1309194060

    Kia is putting some distance between itself and the racy ads for the company's dual-zone climate control on the Sportage. According to the automaker, the sultry print ads were penned by the Brazilian ad agency Moma. Apparently, Kia Motors America has no business relationship with the company and didn't approve the print ads in any way. The manufacturer ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Kia gets wickedly suggestive with children's fairy tales for Sportage print ads [UPDATE]
    1308776340

    Advertising here in the United States is rather tame compared to what the rest of the world sees. At a recent festival in Cannes, creative works from around the globe were shown, and one of the advertisers at the awards event was Brazilian agency Moma, a company that works with Kia. The Moma team cranked their creativity up a notch by producing an ad to ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Official: 2012 Kia Sorento gets 2.4L GDI engine, UVO infotainment
    1305489780

    The 2012 Kia Sorento will be available with the company's hands-free UVO infotainment system, and its brand-spanking-new GDI direct-injection four-cylinder engine. With those new features, the big Kia crossover can really dance with the big guns from the likes of Ford. Other available options include Kia's YES Essential seat treatment, which makes the ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    First Drive: 2011 Kia Sportage SX
    1302191820

    Turbocharging Adds Welcome Spice To This Handsome Soft-Roader There's no replacement for displacement. Ask any man or woman who dined on the muscle cars that Detroit was serving in the '50s and '60s, and they'll tell you to always order the largest engine offered if you want to have any fun. Thing is, that tired old axiom just isn't accurate in the ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo packs 256 hp, priced from $25,795
    1299261600

    Kia has dropped all the juicy details on its 2011 Sportage SX Turbo. The vehicle will hit the streets with a 256-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's also good for 264 pound-feet of torque. That makes the Sportage the second vehicle in the Kia lineup to take advantage of the automaker's all-new direct-injection engine, the first ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Kia Sportage tops small CUVs in Consumer Reports test
    1297711920

    The 2011 Kia Sportage beat out both the Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in a recent CUV shootout conducted by Consumer Reports. According to CR, Kia has managed to more effectively straddle the line between a full-on SUV and a more civil hatchback with its offering. That's thanks largely to the fact that the Sportage serves up plenty of ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Kia Sportage with turbo engine debuts in Canada
    1295911140

    The 2011 International Truck of the Year has an all new available engine under the hood. Canadian Kia fans can soon head over to dealers and pick up the 2011 Kia Sportage SX, which features a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. We expect the U.S. to follow suit in very short order. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Hyundai Sonata, Kia Sportage win International Car and Truck of the Year Awards
    1295183160

    The International Car and Truck of the Year award is determined by 12 judges and handed out at the Detroit Auto Show. Established in 1996, the award is given to "the most emotionally compelling international car and truck for the new model year." The latest recipients of the award are the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2011 Kia Sportage. Upon receiving the 2011 ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    SEMA 2010: Kia mixes business and pleasure with pair of Sportage concepts
    1288829880

    It's not always easy to mix business with pleasure, and because of that, Kia has teamed up with the folks at Antenna magazine to create two custom Sportages – one for work, one for play. Together, Kia calls this pair "The Duel," and we're quite fond of both. The blue Sportage, dubbed "Work," features a full host of gadgets and gizmos sure to make ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Kia reports record third-quarter profit
    1288539180

    In spite of a ridiculous 247WallStreet.com article that simply will not die, Kia appears to be doing anything but going out of business. Hyundai's "weakest brand," as it was called, just posted a 66 percent increase in profit for Q3. Kia's home market sales, in South Korea, rose by 25 percent, while international sales were only a shade off, increasing by ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Review: 2011 Kia Sportage
    1286812680

    Another Korean Competitor That Beats Expectations Kia likes to say it has the Power to Surprise. Back in the day (oh, five or so years ago...), the Korean automaker's customers were supposed to be pleasantly surprised that their new car, crossover or SUV was a better vehicle than expected. Perhaps you've heard the drill: "I bought it because it was ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Kia introducing pair of downsized engines for Sportage in Europe
    1286463660

    Kia's Sportage compact crossover initially launched in Europe with a choice of either a 2.0-liter gasoline-fueled mill or an oil burner of identical size. The good news is that the CUV's engine choices will soon grow by two with the introduction of new powerplants that displace even less. Available exclusively on two-wheel drive, six-speed manual ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Nissan, Hyundai reportedly duking it out for No. 2 Asian automaker in U.S.
    1283175120

    Nissan has long been the number three Asian automaker in the U.S., lagging behind both Honda and Toyota on the sales charts. But the Japanese automaker has been on a bit of a roll of late, with 10 straight months of sales gains and an aggressive product onslaught planned for the next 24 months. Nissan would love to unseat Honda to finally sneak up to the ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Kia axes plan for EcoDynamics branding in U.S.
    1282910460

    When Kia Motors unveiled its EcoDynamics sub-brand at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the company claimed its new badge would begin to appear on U.S.-bound models soon. In fact, Kia promised that its eco-friendly moniker would be attached to several models sold worldwide. Now, Orth Hedrick, director-product planning at Kia Motors America, tells Ward's ...

  • 0
    Kia Sportage
    Kia axes plan for EcoDynamics branding in U.S.
    1282864800

    When Kia Motors unveiled its EcoDynamics sub-brand at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the company claimed its new badge would begin to appear on U.S.-bound models soon. In fact, Kia promised that its eco-friendly moniker would be attached to several models sold worldwide. Now, Orth Hedrick, director-product planning at Kia Motors America, tells Ward's ...

Autoblog iPhone App
Shop for a vehicle