Spotlight on the 2016 Kia Sportage

The new Kia Sportage is expected to arrive at Kia dealer Miami showrooms early next January. New for 2016, the Kia Sportage is refined and refocused on passenger comfort. Designers set out to improve the driving and riding experience for Kia consumers and the most recent sneak-peek reviews suggest that they have succeeded in their efforts.

Kia actually translates as ki, "to arise or come up out of," with the "a" representing Asia. As the next Kia vehicle to arise out of Asia, the 2016 Kia Sportage looks like it will be a clever and capable crossover utility vehicle.

2016 Kia Sportage Details

Refreshed for the new year, the Kia Sportage is a crossover utility vehicle available in a trio of trims, with an assortment of high-end features available in each one. Early reviews confirm that the Kia design team has gone the extra mile to bring greater comfort and a more spacious rear cabin to consumers. Rear seating is reportedly roomier and the entire car is slightly bigger and more rounded than its predecessor. Standard equipment upgrades include an eight-speaker audio system and rear view camera on all 2016 Kia Sportage models. The addition of the rear view camera in part addresses criticism concerning visibility on earlier models. As a standard safety feature, the rear view camera evidences Kia's commitment to consumer safety on the road.

Kia kept its two engines from the 2015 lineup and outfitted the new batch of 2016 Sportage CUVs with the same drivetrains, depending on the trim level. Engine options include the base 2.4-liter GDI four cylinder, able to produce 182 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with 177 lb.-ft. of torque. For a sportier Sportage driving experience, consumers can opt for the 2.0-liter GDI turbocharged four cylinder, producing 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with 269 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,850 rpm. Base models come with front-wheel-drive, but the all-wheel-drive system is available for all three trims. All models are operated by the standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Exact numbers for fuel efficiency are unknown at this time; however, just to give you some idea of this crossover's fuel economy, consider the current model year. The 2015 Kia Sportage in front-wheel drive, gets 21 city miles per gallon and 28 highway miles per gallon from the 2.4-liter engine. For the turbocharged option, fuel efficiency dips to 20 city and 26 highway miles per gallon. If you need all-wheel-drive, expect the Sportage to return an EPA-estimated 19 city and 26 highway from the 2.4-liter and an estimated 19/24 from the 2.0-liter base engine.

Although available features are trim-level specific, all three Kia models will offer the following from the 2015 model year: climate control, cruise control, 60/40 split folding and reclining seats, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with mounted controls able to operate the infotainment and phone, connectivity via Bluetooth, rear privacy glass, and an audio system with satellite radio, auxiliary input, CD player, iPod/USB interface, and 14-inch alloy wheels.

Actual dimensions for the 2016 model are still a secret, but the new cars will start with the same cargo space as the 2015, measured at 26.1 cubic feet. Given that early reports size up the 2016 as bigger and rounder than earlier models, that cargo dimension might also get a boost. Specific details have not been released, but automotive industry experts believe that Kia will also introduce a wider exterior color palette, upwards of ten shade choices.

Safety features are likely the same, if not slightly tweaked from the 2015 Kia Sportage lineup, which isn't a bad thing. Government crash tests gave the 2015 Sportage four out of five stars, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranked the Sportage among its Top Safety Picks. 

Trim Level Specifics for the 2016 Kia Sportage

The streamlined Sportage trim levels build on perks from earlier models and add some exciting and upscale features for good measure and a competitive edge. The trim level trio includes the EX, LX, and SX models.

The EX

Starting with the EX, consumers will enjoy leather trimmed seats as a new standard feature, as well as push-button Smart Key technology. The available EX Premium Package keeps some of its original features, like panoramic sunroof, ventilated driver and passenger seats, and a navigation system.

Added to these, the EX Premium Package now includes front fog lights, the Infinity Premium audio system, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a cooled glove compartment. The only engine available on this Sportage model is the base 2.4-liter four cylinder with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

The LX

Equipped with the base engine, in front or all-wheel drive, the LX adds to its Popular Package, but also maintains its original existing features like roof rails, illuminated sun visor, armrests with cup holders for rear-seated passengers, a trip computer, and a rear spoiler. Additions to the Popular Package for the 2016 model year include the earlier-mentioned integrated Rear Camera with touchscreen display and headlights that turn on and off automatically.

The SX

For a fully-loaded 2016 Kia Sportage option, look for the SX. In addition to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, the SX takes all the bells and whistles from the EX Premium Package and illuminates them with LED daytime running lamps, complemented by LED tail lights, dual exhaust pipes, aluminum door-scuff plates, and stylishly redesigned wheels and grille.

Pricing and Protection on the 2016 Kia Sportage

Though the new line of 2016 Kia Sportage vehicles has yet to arrive, pricing has already been released, and consumers can expect a starting MSRP of approximately $22,000, ranging up to $29,000. Consumers purchasing a new 2016 Kia Sportage are covered by Kia's warranties, which include the 10-Year or 100,000 mile limited powertrain coverage, and the 5-Year or 60,000 miles basic warranty. Kia warranties also come with 24-hour Kia Roadside Assistance.

For those consumers who want SUV capability in a smaller, sportier package, the 2016 Kia Sportage will deliver. 



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