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Versatility and Fuel Efficiency Coexist in Kia Sportage

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 09/11/2013 at 4:26 PM
2013 Kia Sportage

the 2013 Kia Sportage is one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers on the road.

Fuel-Efficient Crossovers Chicago, IL

The versatility of crossovers makes them a viable option for modern drivers who may be driving across state lines for business one day and taking the family camping the next. With strong driving dynamics, superior passenger space, and more room for cargo, crossovers like the 2013 Kia Sportage offer drivers an answer to the ever-changing landscapes of the their lives. However, some crossovers don’t offer strong fuel-economy figures, making the long-term cost a concern. While several fuel-efficient crossovers have a place in the segment, none perform quite as well at the Kia Sportage.

2013 Kia Sportage Side

2013 Kia Sportage Side View

The 2013 Kia Sportage is one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers in Chicago, IL due to its economical 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine found in the Base, LX, and EX models. Despite its efficiency, that powertrain still generates an impressive 176 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Sportage achieves 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway/23 mpg combined. With all-wheel drive, those figures all drop just one mpg.

The top SX trim, however, features a more powerful supercharged 2.0-liter engine that yields 260 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. Although that is a major bump in power, EPA-estimated fuel-economy holds strong at 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway/2 4 mpg combined with front wheel drive.

Kia Sportage Back

2013 Kia Sportage Back

While the 2013 Kia Sportage is one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers in Chicago, IL, that efficiency must be met by versatility to be a viable option for crossover shoppers. In terms of space, the Sportage offers 26 cubic ft. of cargo room with all the seats in place. Fold down the second row, and that cargo capacity grows to a useful 55 cubic ft.

Although larger vehicles like the Kia Sorento provide more space and seating, fuel-efficient crossovers near Chicago, IL offer the versatility and performance that meets the demands of modern drivers.

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