NEW FOR 2012:

– Standard folding key
– LX models add dynamic dampers
– EX adds anti-stain cloth seats, rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels
– SX available with standard UVO infotainment or optional Navigation; Navigation package adds new heated steering wheel

A redesigned model for 2011, the Kia Sportage undergoes some upgrades for 2012. The EX receives new upholstery, spoiler and wheels, the SX comes with a UVO infotainment system or available navigation system, and the LX receives dynamic dampers.

The Sportage uses a naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine in LX, EX and EX Luxury trim, and a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the SX. The LX uses a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. All other models use the automatic.

The LX with manual transmission is front-wheel drive only. The LX with automatic transmission and the EX are front-wheel drive but can be optioned to all-wheel drive. The EX Luxury and SX are all-wheel drive only.

Features on the LX include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, fog lights, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, privacy glass, automatic headlamps, variable intermittent wipers, windshield de-icer, rear wiper, hill start assist, black grille with silver-coated garnish, front and rear mud guards, heated cloth seats, active front head restraints, 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, metal grain interior accents, keyless entry, cruise control, driver’s auto-down window, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary and USB ports, Sirius satellite radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and tilt steering wheel. The automatic-equipped model also includes roof rails, illuminated vanity mirrors and an Eco-Minder indicator.

The EX adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, solar control windshield, black grille with chrome garnish, premium anti-stain cloth seats, power driver’s seat, driver’s auto up/down window, iPod cable, leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, rear parking sonar, trip computer, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear spoiler, cargo cover, and cargo net.

The EX Luxury adds power tilt and sliding panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, ventilated driver’s seat, rearview camera, deluxe door scuff, premium stereo, and smart key with pushbutton start.

The SX builds on the EX and adds 18-inch sport alloy wheels, power tilt and sliding panoramic sunroof, black honeycomb grille with chrome garnish, dual exhaust, heated cloth seats with leather trim, UVO infotainment, rearview camera, orange interior accents, cooled glovebox, smart key with pushbutton start, and premium stereo.

The SX with Navigation adds heated leather seats, ventilated driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, and navigation system.

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