Kia opted to update the Sportage in 2017, suggesting drivers shouldn't expect major changes for the 2018 Kia Sportage Rio Rancho NM. This does not mean, however, that there won't be modifications drivers will love and want to wait for. Last year's model saw major changes to the exterior, an interior that was slightly more spacious than past years, and materials of higher quality. This was in addition to the retuned engines Kia touted. This car has been around since 1994, however, and has come a long way since then. As a result, drivers should be sure to check this vehicle out when searching for new rides for themselves and their families.


First introduced in America in 1994, the Sportage appeared similar to a truck and wasn't enjoyable to drive. In fact, it was very unsafe and unreliable. Things have changed greatly over the years, however. In 2005, Kia opted to remake the vehicle into a crossover, making use of the Tucson basic engineering via Hyundai. Today, nevertheless, these vehicles are nothing alike. The Sportage appears to be setting up to make a move in this category that will bring it closer to the top. It is filled to the brim with features, the warranty is excellent, and the overall performance is good, and those elements should help it achieve that goal.

The 2018 Kia Sportage isn't expected to differ much from the 2017 model, as this vehicle was completely redesigned last year. Three models are likely to be offered-the LX, the EX, and the SX. All come equipped with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will be offered across the board, of importance to those in need of more traction. Furthermore, there aren't many changes expected in terms of the standard and optional equipment. The reason for this is these vehicles already have those features drivers are looking for in their cars. This includes heated front seats, an infotainment center with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

What drivers can expect when it comes to the Kia Sportage Rio is a smart looking vehicle that features headlights similar to those found on European cars. Look to the Porsche Cayenne and Macan to see where the fenders have been derived from, although the Sportage is pure Kia. It features the tiger nose grille this company is known for. The high belt line and low roof contribute to the overall muscular feel of this machine, and it comes with the four individual LED bulbs for fog lights.

The interior won't be lacking either, although time will tell what Kia has opted to add for this model year. Anticipate seeing the large instrumentation and controls found in last year's model. The EX and SX come with the UVO infotainment center, and drivers can choose to upgrade to this feature in the LX. In-dash GPS only comes standard on the SX at this time but may be added to the EX.

As with the interior and exterior of the Sportage, very few mechanical changes are expected in the 2018 model. Drivers will find the EX and LX come with a 2.4-liter engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. However, the SX Turbo truly stands out in the class, as it comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that provides 240 horsepower together with 260 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all. While the LX and EX can compete with other vehicles in the class, the SX Turbo pulls away here too.

Fuel economy is of concern to many drivers when they go to buy a car. Individuals who choose either the LX or EX version of the Kia Sportage will find they get 22/29/25 mpg city/highway combined if they opt for the front-wheel drive model. Choose the all-wheel drive version and these numbers drop slightly to 21/25/23. However, those buying the SX Turbo should expect a slight decrease in these numbers in exchange for the added performance. For the front-wheel drive model, the numbers decline to 21/26/23. The AWD version gets 20/23/21 mpg on the city/highway/combined.

Our Kia Sportage dealers report the ride is firm, but won't jar occupants even in the SX Turbo. Bumps will be felt in the cabin, but drivers state they appreciate the secure and predictable handling. It will be interesting to see if Kia has made any changes in these areas to further improve on a vehicle that has already come a very long way.

Learn about the 2018 Kia Sportage Rio by visiting one of our dealerships today. Our staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have or demonstrate features on the current model year. When the 2018 Kia Sportage Rio Rancho NM becomes available, you will already have a good idea of whether or not this is the vehicle for you. If it isn't, we have many others for you to try, as we want to help you find the perfect ride for your needs.  

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