Since the first edition of autoFrenzy.net, I have received countless numbers of e-mails asking why don't we do more reviews on SUV's. It is for that reason alone that the entire month of August 2012 will be dedicated to "The Crossovers".. So get your hiking boots, tents, fishing poles and sleeping bags as we go on this journey... Let's get ready, get set. ...Go!
Introducing the kia Sport-age
The 2011 Re-design of the Kia Sportage was such an impressive and dramatic re-designs of a small SUV that it literally sent shudders through the automotive landscape for every car maker that builds a "Mini-ute" in this segment. This Small but Smart Cute Ute has quickly been stealing the hearts and sales of many since the debut of its re-designed replacement. Churning up the roads from Korea to Europe, and as stated so many times in so many other editorials, the Kia/Hyundai crop of automobiles is currently on fire, and with not a fireman or extinguisher currently available, it looks like they are set once again to keep burning up the roads driven by the automotive press.
Burn Baby Burn..!!
The little Sportage starts off with one of the hottest little wrappers on the market, but it's guts are a choice of 2 engines, both pretty fuel efficient but one is just a bit more potent than the other. There is a base 2.4 liter engine found in it EX, and then the 2.0 liter turbo found in the more optioned SX. The engines that are put in these cars have more horsepower per displacement than do most. The engines seemed to be designed to squeeze every tiny ounce of horsepower out of itself and still do very well in the fuel consumption department. Don't let anybody tell you that there is no difference between the two because this little turbo feels extremely fast and solid while leaving a stoplight, and at 170 horsepower (EX) vs the turbos 260 (SX), the difference is like a punch in the stomach. The ride is also firmer than the EX and when driving them back to back you can definitely tell the difference.
You can opt for two wheel or All wheel Drive, depending on your needs. Just don't head out to the woods expecting to do any serious rock hopping. The seats are pretty comfortable, if not a little flat, as is the ride, and like we are always saying about Kia, you get a lot of stuff for a relatively small amount of money. The little SUV has a pretty good amount of space inside too. Way more than you need for a weekend drive up the coast, or a fishing trip with the guys.
For a base price of $24,700 and the turbo as tested price of a little over $26,400, you get a direct injected Kia Sportage with the turbo, solid braking, solid feel, dual exhaust, AWD, stability control, a six speed auto tranny, leather, cooled and heated front seats, push button start, navigation/w Mp3, bluetooth, pandora, XM, internet, "whew", and a pretty large sunroof... ...Good Lawd!
No matter how you slice the pie..
This little SUV is a great buy in the Compact Crossover Market. With panache, personality, and enough Style to leave most in the segment in the dust, as well as solid build quality, I think it would still be safe to say, at least for the time being, that this "Baby Cute Ute" is going to remain on top for quite a while. I absolutely love this design and then don't forget that there's that 100,000 mile warranty.. Man don't get me started...! It looks like by the sales figures, the public agrees that the damn Koreans seem unstoppable..!! Yea Kia..!!
Thanks for reading the August edition of autoFrenzy.net, monthly auto Review, and check us out later as this entire month will be dedicated to SUV's. Get your gas money ready..!! Thanks again for reading, this is Dre.. Deuces..!!
G. Andre' C.