2016 Kia Sportage Release Date,  Review, Price, Specs – On the KIA side of car life, the American based company is set to release a new 2016 KIA Sportage soon.  This awesome SUV comes with a few but very perceptible upgrades and redesigns. It comes with various trim options like; the Kia Sportage FWD/AWD 4dr LX, Sportage FWD/AWD 4dr EX and Sportage FWD/AWD 4dr SX.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE
2016 KIA SPORTAGE

All this trims come with slightly different specifications all making this version more modern and competitive. The upgrades include new engine designs and also a new hybrid engine has been introduced.

A more in-depth review of the 2016 KIA Sportage has been outlined below covering two of the main trims, the LX and the SX.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE Exterior

The exterior of the new version comes in a Sport Utility body style with a tire pressure monitoring system and a maximum trailering capacity of 2000lbs. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, the devil is in the details.  This car has been streamlined and has eye-catching headlights complemented by mist lights underneath them.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE front
2016 KIA SPORTAGE front

It also comes with some fancy add-ons like a rooftop rack, electric-controlled panoramic sunroof (optional), power windows and a redesigned front bumper. In addition, the 2016 KIA Sportage colors for the exterior are expected to be about eleven color shades which include clear white, twilight blue, Bright silver, black cherry and more.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE back
2016 KIA SPORTAGE back

On exterior size, the Kia Sportage Dimensions stand at 103.9 inches wheelbase, 174.8 inches overall length, 73 inches wide and 64.4 inches high. Plus, it has all season front and rear tires with aluminum wheels. Generally the exterior of the 2016 Kia Sportage gives it an aggressive look while at the same time maintains a sense of style and modernity.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE Interior

The interior specs of the new version are also arguably impressive. The new version comes with very driver friendly tweaks like; a cruise control device, vehicle anti theft system, an adjustable power steering wheel that’s fitted with control buttons for ease of use, intermittent wipers, a keyless entry, driver and passenger vanity mirrors, AM/FM stereo with satellite radio, mp3 and CD players, a working A/C among other fancy upgrades.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE interior
2016 KIA SPORTAGE interior

The interior can also be fitted with some optional add-ons on buyer request. The add-ons include; a back-up camera, auto off headlights, interior cargo shade, luggage rack, remote engine start, a trip computer, universal garage door opener, electro-chromic rearview mirror, driver and passenger illuminated vanity and visor mirrors.

The SUV’s interior design is very well crafted and is spacious enough to accommodate up to 5 passengers. The interior is upholstered in leather for most of the components like the passenger seat, steering wheel and other parts of the interior. This gives the 2016 Kia Sportage a more lavish feel with additional luggage space that can be further increased by folding the rear seats.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE Engine

The main trim types of the 2016 KIA Sportage are the LX and SX. Both the types come with an option of either a front wheel drive or an all wheel drive with various similarities like; both have a four cylinder engine that uses gasoline, the transmission for both trims being a 6-speed automatic with manual mode but when given a closer look each trim has its own specifications.

The LX trim has a 2.4ltr regular unleaded i-4 engine that yields 182HP at 6000RPM and a net torque of 177 at 4000RPM with a 34.8 turning diameter. On fuel economy, the Kia Sportage LX stands at 21MPG for city and 28MPG for highway.

On the other hand the SX trim has a 2.0ltr turbocharged engine that’s also an intercooled turbo regular unleaded i-4. This engine yields 260HP at 6000 RPM and a net torque of 269 at 1850RPM with a turning diameter of 34.8. It also has a 20MPH (city) and 26MPG (highway) fuel economy.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE Price and Release Date

Word is, that the 2016 Kia Sportage is set to be released late this year (2015) though the official date has not yet been given; it is expected to hit the car market at a price range of $22,000 to $29,000 all depending on buyer preferences. The KIA Sportage’s main competitors are brands like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escalade.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE release date
2016 KIA SPORTAGE release date