The Sportage is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid Sportage is powered by a 1.6-liter intercooled turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 177 horsepower mated to a 6-speed automatic.
Even base Kia models tend to be pretty well-equipped and the Sportage LX is no exception. Some surprising standard features are available on this vehicle 17-inch alloy wheels come as standard equipment as do LED headlights and daytime running lights, power adjustable outside mirrors, a rear spoiler, body-colored door handles, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, a backup camera and steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls.
The SX trim adds a power liftgate, a power sunroof, roof rails, heated power folding mirrors, LED front fog lights, 19-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, driver seat memory, reading lights, an upgraded 8 speaker sound system, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and a navigation system.
Standard safety features across the whole Sportage lineup include rear parking sensors, an active lane departure warning system, forward collision mitigation, a pedestrian detection system, a driver attention alert and 6 airbags. The higher trims also include a traffic sign information system, active blind spot warning, exit warning and front and rear parking sensors.