It’s no secret that Kia often tries to give buyers more bang for their buck, so it’s no surprise that the 2014 Kia Sportage is one of the most value-oriented compact crossovers in its class, offering more for less money. Buyers get what they pay for though, because although the Sportage is available with loads of premium features, it lacks in other departments.
The five-passenger 2014 Kia Sportage comes in three trim levels: LX, EX, and SX. Now with direct-injection tech, the LX and EX’s 2.4-liter I-4 produces 182 hp (up from 176 hp) and 177 lb-ft of torque (up from 168 lb-ft), and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features on the LX include 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth, satellite radio, LED daytime running lights, and keyless entry. The EX adds automatic headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and UVO Services along with rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and roof rails. The top-trim SX houses a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 underneath the hood that produces 260 hp. In front-wheel drive mode, the SX achieves 20/26 mpg city/highway, and 19/24 mpg for all-wheel drive models. Choosing the SX model not only means a different engine, but also more niceties such as a leather seats, push-start button and a sport-tuned suspension.
We had an overall issue with the suspension tuning of a previous-model-year Kia Sportage in a comparison involving five compact crossovers, ultimately leading to a fourth-place finish ahead of the Volkswagen Tiguan, but behind the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Ford Escape. “Feels like in every corner it’s trying to head in a different direction. Tons of body roll,” we said. The Sportage was also knocked down for the sea of hard plastic materials in the cabin. On the positive side, we thought its six-speed automatic transmission was the most seamless and responsive, and its modern lines and good proportions made it the most attractive of the group.
What’s New for 2014
The 2014 Kia Sportage gets an updated grille and fog lights. Now with direct-injection tech, the Sportage’s 2.4-liter I-4 produces more horsepower and torque, and the six-speed manual has been discontinued. The compact crossover’s suspension has also been tweaked.
- Responsive six-speed automatic
- Standout styling
- Improved fuel economy
You Won’t Like
- Lots of head toss
- Low quality interior materials
- Unsupportive seats
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