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2011 Kia Sportage



  • ianobleianoble Posts: 1
    edited August 2010
    We looked at the Outlander first and after driving even the SE model the Sportage just seemed a step down. Features, interior layout, cargo utility and it's feel on the road.

    The Sportage felt like I was driving a wheel on an arcade game. Super easy to make turns, but there was very little road feedback. We've pretty much decided to take the Sportage off our list and go after an Outlander.

    Definitely drive it, though! I've come from a couple sports cars so these both give a different feel.

  • radiowcradiowc Posts: 16
    I guess, different car/suv have different feel, it is all depends on whether this car/suv will suite your life style or budget. I am currently driving a Buick SUV on the luxury trim and i still feel this Sportage will fit most people. If i can turn back the time, I will definately pick this Sportage over my Buick :)
  • CapeCodCapeCod Posts: 117
    Earlier this year Idrove a rental Sportage for a few days while on vacation .Probably was a 2009. Sadly we were badly disappointed with the rental... horrible gas mileage and brutal seats which we were never able to adjust in a comfortable position. Today I sat in but did not drive a 2011 Sportage. Huge difference. First thing I noticed, while still 'stiff', the seats were VERY adjustable! Visibilty out the back was noticably poor. Tight to start with, then you add high seat back and you just plain can't see out the back window. Someday next week I will drive it to see if the visibility is really as poor as I expect.
    The saleman said the 2.4 is a 'new' engine for the Sportage... borrowed from the Sorrento and Optimo. If true, can anyone tell me what I should expect for mileage? Six speed Auto may take some getting use to.
    Overall I was impressed... Already drove RAV now onto a 2011 Tucson.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    I would think the Sorento would be more of a direct competitor to the Outlander as they are a 5-7 passenger vehicles and just about the same length and both offer the six. The Sportage is considerably smaller and only offering 5 passengers and no six will be available. In the Mitsubishi lineup I would think the new upcoming RVR (or Outlander Sport as it will be called in the US - that's going to cause some confusion), will be more of a direct competitor.
  • radiowcradiowc Posts: 16
    I don't think it is fair to compare Sportage with Sorento. Both of them are on the different class... one is small/compact SUV, and Sorento is under Midsize SUV :)
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    you are not reading the reply fully as to the posting it was referring too, as I was not comparing the Sorento to the Sportage but the Sorento to the Outlander as I consider those more direct competitors.
    The member said he drove the Outlander and felt the Sportage was a "step down", that was the reason for suggesting the Sorento.
  • radiowcradiowc Posts: 16
    Agreed... Totally Understood :)
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,952
    Anybody care to guess what the possible mpg ratings will be for the turbo model??? Do you think the turbo will get similar mpg to the normally aspirated I4 like it's supposed to in the Sonata/Optima? That would put it around 30mpg hwy I would think.
  • I was really pumped to see this, particularly the Techno Orange color. I figured that it would pretty much mirror the Hyundai Tucson powertrain. But I was obviously wrong. One would think that it would have the same stuff or maybe even the GDI version of the 2.4L Theta II. Instead it took a step backwards and got the old cast iron block version. Seriously, how do you expect to overcome an image of "just selling cars cheap" when you do something like this?
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    edited August 2010
    not sure how you arrive at that conclusion as the Sportage and the Tucson both use the same Theta II 2.4L engine with 176 hp and 168 lbs of torque, except in Canada for 2011 for Tucson they will also be a 2.0L engine, not sure for the US for 2011 as that info is not available.
    However, the Tuscson and Sportage AWD systems are not the same. They both use the same 6 speed transmission both manual and automatic, except the 2.0L using a 5 speed manual.
    For the Sportage there will be a 2.0L turbo charged unit coming in January or February next year, not sure if the Tucson will get this engine.
  • Just want to check out the system today. I brought a 2GB USB drive with songs in folders to test out some songs. Pretty decent sound quality, and most impressive was the fact that it reads 99% of the song names. They were encoded in Traditional Chinese. I am sold. Just want to see if the 2.0T will be out first on the Sportage or the Optima then...

    Sorry no photos. I was so excited that I forgot to take them. I am sure it will read Korean and Japanese characters too, FYI.
  • I'm very interested in purchasing one of the new sportages, however NO dealership around St. Louis has the leather package yet. Does this go for all cities right now? And if so, do any of you know when the leather package will be available? Knowing this would help me estimate/prepare for the sale of my car and the purchase of my new CUV! Thanks :)
  • I don't know what to believe anymore...
    Please tell me that Autoweek got the dates wrong for the Optima. If you read the article, it says that the Optima is out "next year", and then the Hybrid out "1st quarter of 2011". Aren't they really the same timeframe? This is contrary to what Kia has "officially" put on their website.

    Also the Sportage 2.0T date could be wrong as well...this article says "arrives this year" while "officially" it is 2011.

    Future products: Kia seeks lively, upscale look

    Kia's redesigned Optima sedan and the Cadenza replacement for the Amanti, both due next year, reflect an emphasis on creating a livelier and more upscale look for the once-bland brand.

    Indeed, styling has been a crucial element of Kia's new-product push in the past 18 months.

    The team at Kia Design Center America near Los Angeles--part of the automaker's global design network led by onetime Audi design chief Peter Schreyer--has helped set the new styling direction.

    Designers in California created the Kue crossover concept that was the basis for the Sportage redesign. They also did the exterior styling on the Soul, Forte and Forte Koup and Sorento and the interior of the upcoming Optima. Kia's design center in Frankfurt did the Optima's exterior.

    Look for more excitement under the hood, too, as Kia strives to be seen as a brand that delivers moderately priced vehicles that are fun to drive. For example, the new Sportage, which went on sale this month, gets a 270-hp direct- injection turbocharged engine as an option in early 2011.

    Here are highlights of Kia's U.S. plans for the 2011-13 model years.

    Rio: A redesign of Kia's small car is expected to go on sale in late 2011.

    Rondo: The compact minivan may be replaced for the 2013 model year with a new five-door model based on the same platform as the Hyundai i30, which is sold in Europe.

    Soul: The first reskin for the quirky, boxy subcompact since its February 2009 debut is planned for the summer of 2011, when the Soul gets a new fascia. A redesign is scheduled for the 2014 model year.

    Optima: The mid-sized sedan, which shares a platform with the Hyundai Sonata, will be redesigned early next year. Styling of the 2011 Optima is sporty and streamlined. It gets the “tiger nose” grille seen on all new Kia models since the debut of the Soul. The new version will be launched with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional turbocharged version that puts out an estimated 270 hp. A hybrid version will be introduced in the first quarter of 2011.

    Sorento: The crossover was redesigned in December. A restyling is planned for the 2013 model year.

    Sportage: The third generation of Kia's compact SUV debuted this month with styling cues from the 2007 Kue concept done at Kia's California design center. A version powered by a 270-hp, turbocharged direct-injection engine arrives this year. A reskin is scheduled for the 2014 model year.

    Forte: A replacement for the compact sedan is planned for the 2013 model year, with a new platform and possibly a new name.

    Cadenza: The Amanti replacement--introduced in Korea last year as the K-7--will go on sale in April as a 2012 model. The Cadenza, powered by a 3.5-liter V6, is longer and wider than the Amanti. The wheelbase of the Korean version is about 112 inches, compared with the Amanti's 107.1 inches. The Amanti name will disappear.

    Borrego: The body-on-frame SUV will remain in Kia's lineup through the 2013 model year with no changes planned. Kia executives are not convinced that the segment is worth additional investment, so the Borrego may be killed when its current life cycle ends after the 2013 model year.

    Sedona: The minivan segment is shrinking, so Kia may not replace the Sedona after production is scheduled to end after the 2013 model year.

    Hybrid: Kia is kicking around the idea of a dedicated hybrid, likely a compact car, but it is struggling with the business case in a segment dominated by the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    here's a LX base model (6 spd manual) with some extras on it.

  • :confuse: I'm considering a 2011 Kia Sportage. I want leather seats but do NOT want a sunroof. I keep my cars a long time (10 and more years) and fear the sunroof will leak in later years of ownership. Besides, I have a history of skin cancer and just wouldn't use a sunroof. From building a Sportage on the Kia website, if I want leather, I must take the sunroof. Do you know if this is a mandatory combination? If so, it rules out this vehicle for me.
  • your Sportage will have a cover over the sunroof so it will not be exposing you to the direct sunlight, so don't let that get in your way of buying the Sportage you like, OK?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • ricksformularicksformula Posts: 2
    edited September 2010
    at least one dealer in our area has offered to add leather to an LX model for around $1500-$1800. We want the NAV with Leather but don't like the "premium" dual a/c and we really don't like the new EX "Daisy" wheels either. So basically you can come out with a leather and NAV equipped LX for around $3k less than the EX with NAV/leather/sunroof. Might be worth asking about. Now if they can just produce enough of these cars to fill the dealers requests. In our area it seems like the dealers are all having to beg the factory to get more than a few at a time..
  • Before I sign the lease deal for a 2011 Kia Sportage EX AWD with the premium package (no tech) terms: 36 months, 15k miles/yr, zero down...MSRP: $28,650, Cap Cost: $26,400, Monthly 394.00/tx this a good deal??
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