2014 Kia Sportage is one of the boldest and best-looking vehicles, with 2.4-liter direct-injection in-line four gets a power boost from 176 hp to 182 hp, six-speed automatic brings new sensation!
2014 Kia Sportage changes
For 2014, Kia has revamped the Sportage only slightly, addressing some weak points but not messing with this model’s stunning looks, for the most part. With a new grille and new wheel designs, along with new HID headlamps and LED rear taillamps, the 2014 Kia Sportage gets some sharpened details; but thankfully the automaker hasn’t changed the rakish, athletic look that buoyed this model up in the market for 2011.
There aren’t a lot of cosmetic changes expected for the 2014 Sportage, since it was completely revamped in 2010. You can expect some tweaks to the front fascia and headlights, both bumpers and the taillights when this Kia Florida is introduced. New exterior color choices are expected for the 2014 model as well.
Kia is known for offering lots of features and standard equipment on even their base models, and the Kia Sportage Jacksonville is no different. The 2013 model offers alloy wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, satellite radio and an iPod interface. You can expect the same features on the 2014 model, though there might be some upgrades on standard features and equipment for the newer Kia Family model.On higher trims of the new Kia Sportage FL, you can expect such features as LED running lights, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a telescoping steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, a navigation system and Kia’s UVO Infotainment System. As soon as this Kia Family member is out, it will be available for a test drive at Kia Dealers in Florida.
You’ll only find four-cylinder engines under the hood, but they provide plenty of motivation. At the base level, the 2.4-liter direct-injection in-line four gets a power boost from 176 hp to 182 hp. The six-speed automatic isn’t the quickest-shifting, but it’s measured and smooth; a six-speed manual is in the mix, although we’ve never encountered a Sportage with that setup. Go for the turbocharged SX, and its 260 hp and hefty mid-range torque are enough to break the front wheels loose from a standing start or out of a tight corner. The automatic gets shift paddles for less distracted driving and better response. All-wheel drive is an option across the board, and comes with a differential lock that splits power 50:50 at speeds up to 25 mph.Cabin noise and ride quality have been weaknesses for the Sportage, compared to most other models in its class; but with Kia’s introduction of more noise-insulation as well as new high-performance dampers, we’re hoping this will change (and we’ll update our impressions here). Last year, EX and SX versions got more sophisticated shocks last year, which made a modest improvement. Keep in mind, the big, optional 18-inch wheels don’t help. One of our other ongoing complaints with the Sportage–electric power steering that’s a bit too far on the heavy and lifeless side–has been addressed for 2014 with the introduction of a new multi-mode Flex Steer system.
2014 Kia Sportage cargo space
Space is always an important consideration when you buy an SUV. Will there be enough space for my passengers? Will there be enough space for my cargo? We’ve already seen you don’t have to worry about your passengers, but there’s plenty of space for cargo as well. Even with all the seats full, the Sportage boasts 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat. If you don’t have any passengers and let down the 60/40-split-folding seat, you have fully 54.6 cubic feet of cargo space.
Kia has added a number of new features to the 2014 Sportage, including a new Supervision gauge cluster for top models, along with a new navigation system and UVO eServices, with apps and expanded services. Although the final feature set hasn’t yet been released, we’re expecting the array of models to carry over for the most part, with air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; and 16-inch wheels all part of the 2014 Kia Sportage standard-feature set. Moving up to more expensive models adds features like keyless start; satellite radio; Bluetooth; steering-wheel audio and phone controls; and a USB port. Top models get a telescoping steering wheel; a cooled glove box; a power driver seat; 18-inch wheels; leather steering wheel and shifter trim; roof rails.
Pricing for the 2014 Kia Sportage has yet to be announced.
2014 Kia Sportage release date
The 2014 Kia Sportage will likely be released in December 2013.
More information: http://www.kia.com/us/#/sportage/?cid=sem&ppc=y