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2013 Kia Sportage SX AWD

BY ALAN GELL Modified: January 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm •  Published: January 26, 2013
If you want more power in a small SUV Crossover, try the turbo-charged SX model in the 2013 Kia Sportage. The 6 speed automatic transmission combines with the 2-liter, 4 cylinder to push this Kia to 260 horsepower, which is enough to let your feel that this is more than a simple get-you-where-you-want-to-go vehicle.

The Kia Sportage is not a new vehicle. In fact, it was one of the first cars that was introduced to the US market when Kia opened up shop in this country. At that time, it was a straight-forward, compact SUV that could go off-road and it was priced low enough for most people to afford it. As the trend moved towards smaller and smaller utility vehicles, and more premium and luxury touches inside, the line became blurred between crossovers, body-on-car frame, body-on-truck frame, sit-high-to-the-ground, sit-high-to-the-ground, and every other combination of confusion. The little Sportage somehow made it through all the mixture and has been a consistent, low-priced compact utility vehicle.

Kia provided a new 2013 Sportage SX All-Wheel-Drive model for a week-long media test drive. It was an attractive 'Signal Red' with a black interior. It came equipped with a laundry list of included items, mostly because the SX is the top trim level available for the Sportage. In addition, it had the SX Premium Package added that included a lot of extras, which were most appreciated during the cold, wintry weather mix we experienced that week.

The Compact SUV class of vehicles is fairly crowded with entries, even if they are not necessarily designated as such. The Kia Sportage fits right into the group with a decent price, attractive exterior, good handling, and a lot of technological niceties. The downsides are that the price is not longer near the bottom of the pack and off-roading capability has disappeared.

There are three trim levels in the 2013 Sportage: LX, EX, and SX. The LX is the base entry and because it is the lowest price, is the most popular. It is outfitted with manual transmission and has a starting price of about $22,000. Almost everything extra is considered an option. The mid-level trim model is the EX and starts at about $25,000 but it includes the Convenience Package. The top trim level is the SX and is priced about $28,000. The SX offers so much more, including 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust, leather seats, push-button ignition, Supervision gauges, and a lot more.

The SX test model furnished had an MSRP of $28,400 with a Navigation System and SX Premium Package added. This made the ride so much more enjoyable, especially during the extreme bad weather. The Premium Package provides heated front seats, air-cooled drivers seat, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cargo cover, panoramic sunroof, and heated outside mirrors. Bottom sticker price with all this, including destination and delivery, was $32,400.

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