On the heels of its 2011 International Truck of the Year recognition by ICOTY jurors, Kia Motors America (KMA) announced the launch of the all-new 2011 Kia Sportage SX compact CUV, scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms later this month. As part of Kia's design-led transformation, the Kia Sportage has become a strong player within the Kia line-up, offering power and class-leading fuel economy. SX models take a solid foundation and up the ante with a more powerful four-cylinder turbo engine, exterior styling enhancements and unique interior options. The 2011 Sportage SX front-wheel drive (FWD) features a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $ 25,795 while all-wheel drive (AWD) models feature a starting MSRP of $ 27,295.
The Kia Sportage SX joins the 2011 Optima Turbo as Kia's second vehicle in the US to feature the powerful Theta II 2.0-liter Turbo GDI engine and adds unique exterior and interior features and luxury appointments to provide consumers a high performance and high value CUV. In combination with a highly efficient six-speed automatic transmission, the new Kia Sportage SX features up to 256 horsepower while maintaining class-leading fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon on the highway, better than any other turbo-equipped compact CUV on the market today. In addition to powertrain enhancements, the Kia Sportage SX employs sport-tuned suspension featuring firmer shock and strut rates for improved handling and dynamic performance over non-SX models.