We had a chance to jump behind the wheel of the all-new 2011 Kia Sportage last month, but the automaker wasn't ready to discuss pricing until today. According to Kia, buyers will be able to jump into a new Sportage for as little as $18,990, including a $695 destination fee.
That price nets a base front-wheel-drive 2011 Sportage, which mates a six-speed manual transmission to a 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter I-4. 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels are standard, as is air conditioning, power locks and windows, a USB audio input, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and Sirius satellite radio. Curiously, base Sportage models aren't offered with an automatic transmission. For that feature alone, we imagine most consumers will spring for the 2011 Sportage LX, which starts at $20,990. Along with a standard six-speed automatic transaxle, LX models also add LED turn signal repeaters on the side mirrors, tinted windows, and keyless remote entry as standard equipment. Those looking for a little extra style can step into the Sportage EX, which is priced from $23,990. Along with LED daytime running lamps and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the EX model includes standard 18-inch aluminum wheels, roof rails and a rear spoiler (both optional on the LX), chrome body trim and door handles, and dual-zone climate control. Leather seating is an option unique to the EX, as is the panoramic glass sunroof and keyless ignition. These three model trims should be arriving at Kia dealers nationwide later this month, but a fourth model -- the turbocharged Sportage SX -- won't launch until the fourth quarter of 2010. Source: Kia