The KIA 2013 Sportage
We look at the little crossover packed with big features
Kia has been one of my favorite companies for 2012 as their offering competitively priced vehicles with strong warranties and some vehicles even being built here in the states putting Americans to work. I also prefer Kia’s designs over Hyundai’s. The company is continually growing and receiving accolades and with the technology they are utilizing is able to offer efficient and affordable vehicles. For Kia’s 2013 crossovers we see that Kia Sportage and Sorrento. The 2013 Kia Sorrento is an all new design for this year and as for this Sportage we will see that redesign coming for the 2014 model year. For the 2013 Sportage see the continuation of the 2.4 L normally aspirated engine with variable valve timing producing 176 hp and 168 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is shared amongst the Sportage Base, LX, and EX. But for the 2013 Sportage SX we see the turbocharged 2 L producing 260 hp and 269 foot-pounds of torque making for quite the peppy crossover. All-wheel-drive systems are available on all models except for the base model. The Sportage EX and LX both come standard with the 6-speed automatic transmission which allows the vehicle to get an EPA rating of 32 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 miles per gallon in the city. The Sportage SX gets a little less at 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 miles per gallon in the city.
The Kia Sportage Interior Options
With the 2013 Sportage EX and SX you get the Microsoft information and entertainment system called the UVO. This allows connections to satellite radio as well as Bluetooth connectivity to your cell phone and a built-in rearview backup camera and backup warning system. This lets you stream music that you have saved on your phone straight to your stereo which works out pretty good. The SX Sportage also offers remote start as well as a smart key that recognizes whenever you are in or around the vehicle. There is also the option for an air cooled driver’s seat which makes things which works great during the summertime whenever you’re trying wear corporate attire and don’t really feel like showing up with a big ring of sweat on your back.
2013 Kia Sportage Price
The Sportage 2013 will start out at $18,500 and depending on options can get all the way up to $28,500. But it looks to be a solid all-around vehicle and great for getting around urban areas. But what’s impressive is that the 2013 Sorrento also gets up to 32 miles per gallon on the highway. So if you have a little extra money to spare and want a bigger crossover then I would recommend the 2013 Kia Sorrento otherwise should get a lot of usage out of the 2013 Sportage especially in an all-wheel-drive version as you will be able to go most places that a full-size SUV could. And top it off still get the 100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain.