So whadahyawannaknow? 2011 Kia Sportage

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This week, I'm in the 2011 Kia Sportage, and I have to tell you, so far I love it. Love it.

I always begin my test week on Twitter with a question like:

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I usually get a couple of immediate questions ... But I'm always looking for more. So, here are a couple things my Tweeps wanted to know this week. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Well, @Car_Driven ... I'll be honest. They are a bit stiff. Unlike Lexus, which sucks you into the seat in a puff of dreamy softness, the seats in the Kia Sportage are firm. However, the lumbar support is phenomenal, and I do have to admit they aren't quite uncomfortable. Now, I have only been in the car for 45 minutes a pop on my commute to and from Hoffman Estates ... but that's a pretty normal time span in the CHI. So, in my mind, not a deal breaker.

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Though abbreviated in Twitter, @hughgroot asks a very long and loaded question! So, let's see if I can do it justice. My favorite part of this car is actually the incredible 2.4-liter, 4-cyl engine. I don't know what they did to make this work so well, but the 176 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque are perfectly suited to this 3,355-pound vehicle. Very peppy! Perfect for Chicago.

The ride and handling, like the seats, are a bit stiff. You won't get that "connection to the road" that you'll feel with a BMW or Audi. But it comfortably does what it's supposed to do, it's nicely maneuverable on the highway, and it has a really good turning radius for those tight city spaces.

I'm utterly impressed with the build quality that Kia has come out with recently. From the Forte to the Optima to the Sportage, all these cars are on par (or better than) cars that cost $5K to $10K more. This is will definitely be one of the first cars I recommend to anyone looking for a small SUV.

And as for room. Well. I'm 5-feet-tall. I'm perfectly comfortable and there's plenty of room for 4 adults -- or 5 if your fifth is small like me. With the back seat up, cargo volume is 26.1 cubic-feet, but with it down it more than doubles to 54.6 cubic-feet. More than enough room for most "normal" hauling.

So, what else? Surely you have questions. Tweet me, comment below, visit my Facebook page. Let me know what you want to know about the Kia Sportage ... which by the way is all new for 2011.

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  • Love the article Jill. How's the gas mileage on this thing?
    Tony

  • Gas mileage is within the range ... I'm currently getting 26 mpg on combined non-trafficked highway/aggressive city driving.

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