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First introduced in 1993 on a platform borrowed from Mazda, the Sportage had little except a rock-bottom price to recommend it. But as Kia consistently improved the quality of its cars, the Sportage came along for the ride.
A radically redesigned Sportage emerged in 2005, and this second generation saw several changes throughout the late 2000s—all for the better. By 2009, the Sportage had become known for its reliability and safety. Now in its third generation, the Kia Sportage has earned a reputation as a dependable, affordable and innovative crossover SUV that easily stands up to the competition.
For its third generation, the Sportage received a drastic overhaul, trading in its ho-hum image for a snappy design and well-styled interior. It now keeps up with top contenders in its class, thanks to a turbocharged engine, excellent handling, and wealth of standard features. Aside from a few suspension and insulation tweaks in 2012 and a couple of headlight and side mirror details for 2013, the Sportage remains largely unchanged since its 2011 debut.
The second-generation Sportage is available with a 2-liter inline-four engine, as well as a 2.7-liter V6 in LX and EX trims. The Premium EX V6 is appointed with full power features, optional heated leather front seats, and other convenient appointments. Air conditioning and CD player are standard on all models.