For 2009, the Kia Sportage, a small four-door SUV, is updated with new wheel designs, active front headrests, keyless entry, auxiliary input jacks and satellite-radio as standard, while a navigation system becomes an option. With a choice of front- or four-wheel drive, the base Sportage is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine good for 140 hp and 136 lb-ft or torque paired to a five-speed manual transmission, but a four-speed automatic is available as an option. Stepping up, the Sportage can be equipped with a 173-hp 2.7L V6 engine with 178 lb-ft of torque mated to a standard automatic transmission and is available as front- or four-wheel drive. With fuel economy as one of its strong suits, the I4 Sportage gets 20 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with the manual transmission and 19/25 mpg with the automatic, while the 2WD V6 achieves 17/23 mpg and the 4WD V6, 17/21 mpg. Kia Sportage safety features provide traction control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and six standard airbags, including front- and side-impact airbags for driver and passenger, and side curtain airbags for front- and rear-seat occupants.Read more Read less
The Kia Sportage gets a facelift for 2009 including redesigned headlamps and front grill fascia. The updated interior trim and new electronic features like optional navigation, Sirius satellite radio, MP3 compatibility, as well as USB and auxiliary jacks all lend a refreshed feeling to the 2009 Kia Sportage.
Wide array of standard safety features; competent handling; stylish and versatile interior; remarkable warranty
Its generous list of standard equipment, impressive 10-year/100,000 mile warranty and base price affordability make the 2009 Kia Sportage a value leader among compact SUVs.