2011 Kia Sportage

Base 2WD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 man trans

2011 kia sportage Reviews and News

2011 Kia Sportage Sx Front Three Quarter Gray
Not too long ago the term “crossover” was a dirty word around these parts. The me-too products were more lame attempts to capture market share in a burgeoning segment than objectively good vehicles. They filled a spot on the showroom floor but they lacked style, personality and most egregiously, any semblance of driver involvement. Thankfully, those days are receding into memory as vehicles like the Kia Sportage SX emerge.
2011 Kia Sportage Sx Front Three Quarter Gray
Kia has been on a killer winning streak lately, so much so reviewers are running out of ways to artfully say “Kias used to just exist, but now they're unbelievably good.” The Sportage itself has already received high marks for its handsome styling, compact dimensions, excellent interior and value-oriented pricing. That's all well and good, but everything is better with a turbo. That's just science.
To get from Sportage to Sportage SX, the critical first step is removing the 174-hp 2.4-liter four and dropping in everything from the Optima SX -- a 2.0-liter direct-injection four cylinder fitted with a twin-scroll turbo making a stand-out 256 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. It's backed by a six-speed automatic transmission which can be shifted by bumping the gear selector and comes with your choice of front- or all-wheel-drive. Traction control has been massaged to greatly reduce wheel slip and transfer power to wheels with grip before any of them lose traction. Suspension is upgraded with performance dampers, sportier spring rates and a set of flashy 18-inch wheels.
Styling gets a nudge too, inside and out. The grille gets a more aggressive look, there are revised side moldings, dual exhaust at the rear and polished sill plates. The gauge pack is brighter and clearer with what Kia calls its “Supervision gauge cluster” and piano black trim gives an upscale feel to the joint. There's now pushbutton start and a gigantic panoramic sunroof as an option. Extroverts will pop for the eye-catching orange or blue interior packages, which compliment the excellently laid out cabin with shocking swatches of color in the door panels and contrasting stitching. The driver’s helm also gets the option of being heated and cooled and there's a seven-inch touch screen display for all your navitainment needs.
As you might expect, the turbo treatment really livens up the Sportage. Acceleration comes on quick, almost too quick for a crossover, with the Theta II Turbo GDI engine delivering V6-beating numbers through the rev range. No official numbers are available at this time but we'd estimate 0-60 times somewhere in the mid to high 7's. Our tester was of the front-drive variety and in spite of all that power, torque steer was slight and quite manageable. As with the Optima SX, the engine is a bit harsh at certain rev ranges, but the benefits outweigh that drawback. Bombing along in Florida traffic at 60 mph, we had no trouble seeing 32 mpg on a car with less than a thousand miles on the ticker -- this despite an EPA estimated 22/27 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating.
2011 Kia Sportage Sx Profile
The Sportage SX isn't too shabby in a corner either, for an over-3200 pound crossover it's got some moves. So much weight in the nose relegates it to understeer, but reaching the limit of adhesion is predictable and the 18-inch wheels and low profile tires communicate well to the driver. Steering is weighted perfectly, and the crisp turn in is a satisfying change for the segment. The ride is a bit stiff for some back sides, but over smooth pavement it has a planted, confidence-inspiring feel. Hit a chuck hole and you'll feel it though, right in your kidneys. Impact harshness is something Kia hasn't quite figured out with these SX models. About the only other complaint we have is with the Sportage's tiny back window and the lack of rear visibility, but these are the sacrifices that are made for style.
We're getting to the part where a declaration needs to be leveled upon the Sportage SX, and something feels so counter-intuitive about calling this the best vehicle and bargain in the segment. What else delivers this level of performance, packaging, styling, comfort and fuel economy for around $26K? Nothing, that's what. Remember the now-defunct Saturn brand's final tag line: “That's a Saturn?” You can't help but drive around a leather-lined, upscale, comfortable, quick, fuel-efficient crossover that looks this good without thinking to yourself “This is a Kia?” Yes, this is a Kia, and it's damn good.
2011 Kia Sportage SX
Base Price: $26,490
Powertrain
Engine: 2.0-liter Turbocharged I-4
Horsepower: 256 hp @6000 rpm
Torque: 264 lb-ft @ 1850-3000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with overdrive and manual shift mode
Drive: Two- or four-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 175.2 x 73.0 x 64.4
Legroom F/R: 41.1/37.9
Headroom F/R: 39.1/38.5
Curb Weight: FWD - 3311 lbs., AWD - 3466 lbs.

Competitors: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain
2011 Kia Sportage+passenger Three Quarters
Image is everything. Fifteen years ago, the Sportage was one of the first products imported to the U.S. by a relatively unknown Korean automaker. That five-door cute-ute not only launched the Kia brand but helped establish it as a manufacturer of basic, affordable transportation.
2011 Kia Sportage Front Three Quarters View3
My, how times have changed. Although certain of its models still sell based on bargain-basement prices alone, Kia is making a big push to become a brand centered on impressive design and innovative technology. The best example of both pursuits is seen in a single vehicle -- the all-new 2011 Kia Sportage.
Look Familiar?
This isn't the first crossover with Kia's new design language, but it's the most attractive implementation to date. Inspired in part by the Kue concept from the 2007 Detroit auto show, the Sportage incorporates a number of cues we've seen in several recent new Kias. A bold swage in the front fascia envelops both the brand's signature grille and upswept projector headlamps, similar to the treatment in the new, larger Sorento crossover, but the remainder of the Sportage is much more svelte. Bold, curvaceous fenders envelop wheels as large as 18 inches and add some muscular character to the SUV's profile.
Although the Sportage's design team was led by Massimo Frascella, there's no doubt that Peter Schreyer, Kia's global design director and Audi expatriate, had some influence on the new vehicle. In fact, strip the Kia badging off, and from a distance, the EX's LED daytime running lamps and discreet rear turn signals may lead you to mistake the Sportage for the Audi Q5.
Cabin Comforts
Those comparisons, however, stop once you open one of the Sportage's doors. The interior is as stylish as the exterior, but the materials emphasize that the Sportage is an affordable cute-ute instead of a luxury crossover.
The slick, beveled instrument panel eschews a conventional center stack in favor of a large, flowing panel that spreads across the width of the car. Controls are placed on two different tiers -- radio/entertainment controls are on an upper ledge, while climate controls (including dual-zone automatic controls on the EX) are on a lower shelf. The result is quite attractive.
Both the driver and front passenger enjoy plenty of shoulder, leg, and headroom, but headroom is a little tight in back -- especially in the Sportage EX model, which comes with a standard panoramic sunroof. Rear passengers will, however, appreciate the large side windows, which extend far back into the chunky C-pillars. Contrary to outward appearances, those pillars don't create a sizable blind spot, thanks in part to the extra visibility offered by the lengthy side windows.
2011 Kia Sportage+front Three Quarters
The sleek, lowered roofline looks good but restricts cargo access. Cargo volume for the 2011 model drops nearly nine cubic feet from the last model, and the distance from the top of the load floor and the ceiling isn't that tall -- if you want to throw a bicycle in back, you absolutely will need to pop the front wheel off. On the plus side, Kia was able to lower both the load floor and the liftover point, thanks in part to some mechanical changes underneath the skin.
What Lies Beneath
Although they share virtually no sheetmetal between them, the 2011 Sportage rides on the same platform as the 2010 Hyundai Tucson. Like the Tucson, the Sportage uses steel unibody construction, with a strut-type independent front suspension. A new multi-link rear suspension replaces the previous dual-link setup and not only improves handling but takes up less space, allowing the Sportage to have a wide, flat load floor behind the rear seats.
As is the case in the Hyundai, the Sportage's base engine is a 2.4-liter, 16-valve inline four-cylinder rated at 176 hp at 6000 rpm and 168 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. Buyers can opt for either a six-speed manual transaxle or a new six-speed automatic designed and manufactured by Hyundai-Kia.
The automatic gearbox also allows buyers to spring for Kia's available all-wheel-drive system, which was co-developed with Magna. In its normal state, all power is routed to the front wheels, but the system will equally split between the front and rear axles as needed. Drivers can manually lock the center differential, but the system reads inputs from the stability and traction control systems to pre-load the diff, reducing the amount of time needed to transfer power.
Super Sport SX
Those desiring more power might want to wait for the forthcoming Sportage SX. Kia replaces the 2.4 with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter, direct-injection I-4 used in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T. Kia hasn't released final figures, but we're told to expect about 270 hp and 269 pound-feet of torque. That's nearly an extra 100 hp and 90 lb-ft over the previous 2.7-liter V-6, and engineers expect the turbocharged motor to deliver a sizable improvement in fuel economy.
2011 Kia Sportage+rear Three Quarters
Along with the extra power, Sportage SX models will also be fitted with a set of variable rate dampers, tuned somewhat stiffer than those used on base, EX, and LX models. SX models will only be offered with the six-speed automatic transmission.
Have Your Say with UVO
Arguably, more customers will likely be interested in UVO, Kia's new infotainment system, than in turbocharged engines. Similar to Ford's renowned Sync system, UVO is co-developed with Microsoft, runs an extension of Windows Embedded software, and interfaces with several different devices. Bluetooth allows for hands-free calling and audio streaming, while a USB port allows the system to play audio files saved on flash drives or portable music devices, like an iPod or Zune. A one-gigabyte hard drive also allows users to rip their own CDs and save them to an internal jukebox.
Perhaps the most important part of UVO is its voice commands. Although this isn't a segment exclusive, the prompts required to trigger various functions are much less convoluted and easier to adapt to. Better yet, text messages sent to paired phones will be read aloud to passengers within the vehicle. The driver can then choose one of several personalized pre-programmed messages for a quick response -- all without taking their eyes off the road or hands from the wheel.
UVO will be available in the Sportage (along with the larger Sedona) in the second half of 2010. Until then, the Sportage will be fitted with either a typical AM/FM/CD with MP3 capability and a USB port or an enhanced system with a large in-dash navigation unit and a premium 5.1-channel surround sound system. Regardless of trim level, Bluetooth phone connectivity, audio streaming, and USB and auxiliary audio inputs are standard.
A Sportier Sportage?
Kia recently let us loose on the back roads outside Seattle in several pre-production Sportages. Although they were close to being finished products, all combined the equipment levels of a premium EX model with the suspension tuning of the sportier SX.
2011 Kia Sportage+front Three Quarters View2
Kia's engineers are still working on the final ride/handling tuning, but we think they're on the right path. The stiffer suspension setup allows the Sportage to stand out in a crowded sea of competitors, most of which feel gelatinous by comparison. Body roll is negligible, and combined with well-weighted electric power steering and a solid brake pedal feel, the little Kia may well prove to be one of the best-driving models in its segment.
Although the 2.4-liter provided adequate power for the small Sportage, some of Seattle's hillier areas had us wishing for the turbo four sooner than later. Still, even when revved hard, the naturally aspirated I-4 doesn't come off as coarse, and its sound is nicely insulated from the cabin. Better yet, the six-speed automatic quickly upshifts when needed, and gearchanges felt quite smooth.
Room for Improvement?
There's a lot to like in the new Sportage, but there's still room for growth. The 18-inch tires transmitted a fair amount of noise into the cabin, especially when we were cruising at 60 to 70 mph. We'd like to see UVO expanded to include more features like navigation, real-time traffic updates, and additional cloud computing features. Both Kia and Microsoft engineers avoided directly answering our questions but did suggest that those features will be incorporated down the road.
Still, these are minor complaints, especially considering the company expects to price the Sportage similarly to the 2010 model at about $17,000 to $23,000. Given the quantum leap in styling, infotainment, fuel economy, and dynamics, we think Kia's actually found a different means of producing what the original Sportage was: an absolute bargain.
2011 Kia Sportage
2011 Kia Sportage+front Three Quarters
On Sale: Summer 2010
Base Price: $17,390 (est.)
Powertrain
Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4
Horsepower: 176 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 168 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic (optional)
Drive: Front-wheel, all-wheel (optional)
Measurements
L x W x H: 174.8 x 73.0 x 64.4
Legroom F/R: 41.4/ 37.9 in
Headroom F/R: 53.7/ 49.1 in
Cargo capacity (seats up/down): 26.1/ 54.6 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3355 lbs (automatic, AWD)
EPA Rating (city/highway): 22/31 mpg (auto, FWD), 21/28 (auto, AWD)
2011 KIA Sportage
2011 KIA Sportage
The Sportage has been Kia's small SUV since it was introduced in 1995. It was a small SUV, which could be taken off road and offered a lot of practicality at a great value. The early Sportages weren't really standouts however, but much of this was corrected after a three year hiatus to design the second generation Sportage. The second generation was bigger and more carlike with a total redesign that left it somewhat less at home off road and didn't do much to help the styling of the vehicle.

The 2011 Sportage addresses the styling issues and have greatly improved the looks of the vehicle. The newest Sportage promises a larger vehicle, with a more refined, car like ride. Its new four cylinder engine is more powerful than the outgoing engine and a still more powerful 2.0 liter, turbocharged version of the four cylinder will be following shortly. All of this and Kia promises that the new model will have further improved fuel economy despite being larger and more powerful than its predecessor.

A wide selection of interior amenities is also promised for the 2011 model.
2011 Kia Sportage EX Front Left Side View
A funny thing happens when you consistently surpass people's expectations. Eventually, those expectations get raised. In that vein, we were not shocked when Kia, the Korean automaker that's been producing vastly improved and incredibly good-looking new vehicles for the last three years, took the sheets off the vastly improved, incredibly good-looking new Sportage. We were eager to get our hands on one for an entire year.

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2011 Kia Sportage Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
Horsepower:
176 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
168 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
60,000 miles / 60 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 120 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 60 months
Roadside
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Summary
Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo, model year 2007-2011 Sedona, Sorento and Sportage, model year 2010-2011 Soul, model year 2008-2011 Optima, model year 2010 Forte, model year 2007-2009 Amanti, and model year 2009 Borrego vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Kia recalled 623,658 model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles. In September 2013, Kia informed the agency that it was adding an additional 356,719 vehicles to this campaign. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 980,377. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of PARK without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098.
Potential Units Affected
980,377
Notes
Kia Motors Corporation


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo, model year 2007-2011 Sedona, Sorento and Sportage, model year 2010-2011 Soul, model year 2008-2011 Optima, model year 2010 Forte, model year 2007-2009 Amanti, and model year 2009 Borrego vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Kia recalled 623,658 model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles. In September 2013, Kia informed the agency that it was adding an additional 356,719 vehicles to this campaign. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 980,377. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of PARK without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098.
Potential Units Affected
980,377
Notes
Kia Motors Corporation


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Summary
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2011 Sportage vehicles manufactured March 7, 2011, to June 8, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the brake light switch may intermittently fail.
Consequences
Whenever the brake switch is not working, the brake lights will not illuminate, reducing the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions of stopping, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake light switch, free of charge. The recall began on July 7, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC121.
Potential Units Affected
7,722
Notes
Kia Motors America


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Kia Sportage

Depreciation
23.1%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$7,074
23.1%
Insurance
$6,115
19.9%
Fuel Cost
$10,367
33.8%
Financing
$1,567
5.1%
Maintenance
$3,419
11.1%
Repair Costs
$1,806
5.9%
State Fees
$333
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $30,681 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average