First Drive: 2011 Kia Sportage SX

Discussion in 'Kia' started by ALS, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    [​IMG] 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 .

    [FIMG=LEFT][/FIMG]Ben Wojdyla - AUTOMOBILEMAG - March 19. 2011

    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.

    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.... [RM][/RM]
  2. bnther

    bnther Well-Known Member

    Nice little vehicle. Much better than my wife's Sorento. That thing was lucky to get half of that mpg.

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