What to Expect from the 2021 Kia Sportage

Now in its fourth generation of production, the Sportage is comfortable as Kia's compact crossover offering. With its all-round approach to automobile quality,  good fuel economy, spacious and well-appointed interior, comfortable ride quality, and a plethora of tech and safety features, the Sportage continues to be a top-level entry in its class with its 2021 model year. The 2021 Kia Sportage is split into LX, S, EX, and SX Turbo trim levels.

Engine/Fuel Performance

The base engine on the Kia Sportage is a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder machine that's tied to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Although the 2.4-liter performs adequately, go for the appropriately named SX Turbo, which comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine for up to 59 additional horses. Fuel economy peaks at 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway provided that you go with the 2.4-liter and stick with the front-wheel drivetrain. There's the all-wheel-drive option for stronger performance on slippery surfaces.

Interior Space

With a total interior volume of 129.3 cubic feet and two rows of cloth-trimmed seats, the Kia Sportage can hold up to five people. Standard cargo space is measured at 30.7 cubic feet, with the option of maximizing it to 60.1 cubic feet by folding down the rear seats. In addition, there's a storage compartment under the cargo floor. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and leatherette seat trim appear on the S, and comfortability is boosted with front-seat heating and driver-seat power-adjustability at the EX trim level. The SX Turbo aims for premium territory with its unique leather seat trim, steering-wheel heating, and front-seat cooling.

Interior Features

The Kia Sportage has remote keyless entry, which enables you to unlock the doors by simply pressing the corresponding key fob button. For infotainment, the Sportage combines a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system, Bluetooth hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, voice recognition technology with Siri Eyes Free, and a USB port and an audio jack for hooking up mobile devices. The infotainment display is an 8-inch touchscreen. At the EX trim level, remote keyless entry is upgraded to a smart key system with push-button engine start. Also added are a rear charging-only USB port and dual-zone automatic temperature control.

For ultimate comfort and convenience, though, go for the SX Turbo, which has the following exclusive features:

  • 4.2-inch color digital instrument cluster display
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Garage-door opener
  • Wireless charging ability
  • Navigation system with voice-command technology
  • UVO infotainment integration
  • Trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio and SiriusXM Traffic
  • Eight-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system

Even at the base level, the Kia Sportage is loaded with tech to help you avoid collisions. These active safety technologies are the following:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver attention warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • High beam assist

However, if there's a collision, the Kia Sportage can deploy any of six airbags, which consist of two frontal impact airbags, two side impact airbags, and two side curtain airbags. Other standard safety features include the following:

  • Rearview camera
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electronic stability control
  • Traction control
  • Hill-start assist control
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Downhill brake control

Kia adds more driver-assistance features like blind-spot collision warning with rear cross-traffic collision warning at the S trim level. Only the SX Turbo has smart cruise control with stop-and-go technology, as well as a front and rear parking assist system to enhance the rearview camera's functionality.

Visit Liberty Kia Today!

Ready to try out the latest Kia Sportage? If you are in the area, call us at Liberty Kia, which is located in Ramsey, NJ. Set up an appointment today with one of our Kia specialists, who will be able to assist you in your search for a new Sportage.

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