2015 Kia Sportage

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$21,900-$29,600
$21,021-$27,598
19 CITY / 26 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2015:
  • New UVO package for the Sportage LX includes UVO eServices technology, reversing camera, and automatic headlights
  • SX adds standard navigation, keyless entry with push-button engine starting, and power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Revised wheel detail for SX

Introduction
The 2015 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV that carries up to 5 people. It competes against a wide range of models including the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Models and Features
Kia offers the 2015 Sportage in LX, EX, and SX trim levels. Two different engines are available, including a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.

Highlights of the Sportage EX include additional chrome exterior trim, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, roof rails, rear spoiler, automatic headlights, fog lights, and 18-in. aluminum wheels. The Sportage EX also gets dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium sound system, Kia's Your Voice (UVO) eServices technology, reversing camera, \"Clean Tex\" fabric seats, heated front seats, and a power driver's seat.

Choose the Sportage SX for the more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine plus power-folding exterior mirrors, HID headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, and upscale grille and exhaust outlet finishes. The SX also has an exclusive 18-in. wheel design, as well as rear park-assist sensors. Inside, the Sportage SX is equipped with push-button engine starting and Smart Key passive entry.

Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Sportage LX and EX; it is rated to make 182 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque (180 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. in Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle specification).

The Sportage SX has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,850 rpm to 3,000 rpm.

All three versions of the 2015 Sportage are equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD). An all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is optional and is packaged with a handy windshield wiper de-icer.

Fuel Economy
Though significant power differences exist between the Sportage LX/EX and the turbocharged Sportage SX, fuel-economy ratings are very similar.

The EPA says that the Sportage LX and EX should return between 19 mpg in the city with the optional AWD system and 28 mpg on the highway with FWD. The Sportage SX is rated to get between 19 mpg in the city with AWD and 26 mpg on the highway with FWD.

Safety and Technology
The 2015 Sportage's UVO eServices technology supplies access to a wide range of features. With UVO eServices, owners can pair their smartphone and stream music, access Pandora Internet radio, tag songs, or even upload tracks to the Digital Jukebox feature. A Parking Minder feature helps owners to find the SUV in a crowded parking lot, while a 911 Connect system automatically calls emergency services in order to speed rescuers to the scene of an accident.

Have a teen driver in the household? With UVO eServices, parents can program the system to deliver speed alerts, curfew alerts, and alerts when the Sportage has driven beyond specific geographic boundaries. You can even use the system to locate the vehicle at any time.

The 2015 Sportage is also available with a navigation system, which includes a larger 7-in. color touch-screen display and real-time traffic reports. A reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors are also available for the Sportage, but this crossover does not offer other modern safety technologies, either as standard or optional equipment.

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