Friday, October 15, 2010
kia sportage 2011 test drive
The new 2011 Kia Sportage is no exception with its all-new exterior and interior, and drivetrain upgrades.
The latest Sportage sits on a unibody platform that is 3.5 inches longer than its predecessor.
Design is one area where almost everyone felt Kia did a magnificent job, with multiple judges proclaiming the Sportage the best-looking vehicle in this year's field.
Luxury? The 2011 Kia Sportage EX Luxury is, well, pretty darned luxurious.
For a less-than-luxurious $33,145, my nearly-loaded 2011 Kia Sportage tester came with such luxury features as a power panoramic sun roof that fills the passenger compartment with light; 18-inch alloy wheels with P235/55R18 inch all-season tires; LED daytime running lights, fog lights and projector beam head lights; integrated turn signals in the side mirrors; chrome door handles; leather seating surfaces, heated up front and power adjustable for the driver; dual-zone automatic climate control; six-speaker audio system with auxiliary and USB input and iPod cable, and Sirius satellite radio-ready; tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls; auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink garage door opener and rear view back-up camera; cargo area lighting, cargo cover and luggage net; and “smart key” pushbutton ignition. All-wheel drive is standard equipment at this level.
How about alloy wheels?
How about alloy wheels? No steel wheels with plastic covers available on this car. You also get the same audio system, with the same number of speakers and the same modern device connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls as the EX Luxury buyer. Power door locks, power windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control, power heated side mirrors, air conditioning, and automatic light control are all standard.
But as if that wasn’t enough, every Kia Sportage includes features that are often found only on luxury nameplates or top trim lines of its competitors – fog lights, heated front seats and windshield wiper deicer. You don’t have to opt for leather seating to get heated front seats. If you want navigation and upgraded audio, you have to buy the EX Luxury trim to get it.
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