2011 Kia Sportage Priced at $18,295
The Sportage comes in three trim levels: Base, LX and EX, each with a potent 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four cylinder mated either to a six-speed manual (available only on the base model) or six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard.
The SX trim gets a 270-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (available later this month).
The base model comes with cruise control, Bluetooth, air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels and power windows, locks and mirrors.
The LX costs $20,295 and comes with all of the above options plus automatic transmission, exterior mirrors with LED turn signals, keyless entry and tinted windows.
The EX starts at $23,295 and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, air-conditioned glove box and UVO (like Ford's Sync.)
(Tack on another $695 in destination fees on all the above prices.)
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